Once buried under ground, an anti-personnel landmine lasts permanently. The indiscriminate killer, landmines, continues to terrorize civilians years after an armed conflict has ended. Today, tens of millions of anti-personnel landmines still jeopardize people all over the world. Cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) are just as dangerous—literal sleeping time bombs.
AAR Japan offers mine risk education for people living in mine-affected areas across the globe, and supports self-reliance of victims of landmine accidents.
Not Mines, but Flowers
The picture book series “Not Mines, But Flowers” is part of AAR Japan's campaign literature supporting the elimination of landmines.
Mine Risk Education
It has been said that the removal of all anti-personnel landmines from the surface of the Earth is a never-ending task. In Afghanistan and Sudan, where landmines have proliferated throughout decades of conflict, AAR Japan has been providing Mine Risk education to enable local inhabitants to reduce the risks of living in proximity with landmines.
Support for Victims
In order to support the self-reliance of landmine victims in Myanmar (Burma), AAR Japan operates a vocational training school in Yangon (Rangoon), the nation's largest city. In Laos, we have been offering comprehensive support for victims of unexploded ordnance such as cluster bombs. AAR Japan has provided wheelchairs, crutches, and other mobility devices to landmine victims in Sri Lanka, while in Afghanistan we are supporting the management of a physiotherapy clinic. In Tajikistan, we are teaching dressmaking to landmine victims and their families, enabling them to achieve a greater degree of self-sufficiency.
AAR Japan is working with HALO Trust of England to clear anti-personnel landmines in Afghanistan.
In order to increase awareness of landmine issues, AAR Japan has published the picture book series, “Not Mines, but Flowers”. We also host lectures and international conferences, as well as providing pictures and informational posters for mine action awareness events.
AAR Japan is a member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). In recognition of its efforts to bring about the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, the ICBL was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.
Nobel Peace Prize
As a member of the ICBL, AAR Japan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.
Tokyo NGO Landmine Conferences
AAR Japan hosted three landmine conferences in Tokyo. We were graced by a message from Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, at the first conference in 1997.
AAR Japan petitioned to have Chris Moon, a landmine accident survivor and anti-landmine activist, selected to bring the Olympic Flame into the ceremony stadium in the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
Zero Landmine Campaign
In 2001, in cooperation with Tokyo Broadcasting System(TBS), Warner Music Japan, and Nichion, AAR Japan established the Zero Landmine Campaign Committee. At the call of musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, international artists contributed to the anti-landmine song ‘'Zero Landmine'', with the resulting CD sales and donations enabling the clearing of 3,075,436 square meters of minefields in Cambodia, Angola, Georgia, and Mozambique by March 2006.