I have just uploaded the blog entries covering the past five days, including this one. It is Sunday, the 10th of August and we have hunkered down in the hostel in Fukuoka after wandering around with all our gear in the rain to find the place. It took about 15 minutes from the train station.
We parted ways with Y at the train station. He got a ticket for the next train with eight minutes to spare, so our farewell was quite brief, though deep in sincerity. After getting notice that the ILPS wants to hold a conference against US militarization particularly to oppose the construction and expansion of bases in the Asia-Pacific region, I am sure I will see him again in a few months. We both discussed the draft proposal and I sent my comments back to the sender today.
I am in a tiny private room catching up with this correspondence. S is across the narrow hall from me. We agreed to have a siesta for three hours then meet at dinner time. It is too wet to go exploring and we are starting to feel tired from the traveling.
S never gets too tired to promote his cause and spread the word about the danger of nuclear energy. As soon as we arrived, he began telling the international guests about his trip and grand cause. Today at lunch, when it was just he and I together, S told me that support for his organization has been dwindling. His wife asked him to step down from the President's position so he did and left the administration of the organization to a colleague. After that, the activity dwindled and that guy quit. That is why he could not get funding and had to borrow money for this trip. He said he still has the office though he is the only active person working for the group. I hope that this shared Peace Solidarity Mission helps him to rebuild his group and go forward to attain further success. He has been acquiring lots of signatures on his petition; in fact, a group of high school students signed at our hotel yesterday as they were in Nagasaki just for the commemoration of the victims of the 8.9 A-bomb explosion.