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NEWSLETTER №1- "Independent Media Centre Sapporo Preparatory Working Group" Launched

Independent Media Centre Sapporo Preparatory Working Group

9 March, 2008

We are pleased to launch the Independent Media Centre Sapporo (IMC) Preparatory Working Group.
This Group is working to establish IMC in Sapporo for the Hokkaido Toyako G8 summit.

The first Indymedia project was organized at the 1999 WTO meeting in Seattle, Washington.
Since then, IMCs have been established at various key international meetings.
We are proud of IMC Sapporo’s establishment especially since this is the first time for us to experience IMC in Japan.

The following is our space plan for the Independent Media:

  • Video and Radio studio
  • Video distribution space
  • Text distribution space
  • Radio distribution space
  • Free space for meetings / Café / Lounge

We believe that IMC will not only transmit information but will also be a space for people from around the world to engage in dialogue.
In order to make it more comfortable for non-Japanese speakers, we are organizing interpreters and translators in languages including English, Korean and Chinese.

We still have obstacles to confront in order to achieve our purpose at the G8 Summit.
We appreciate your understanding and all of your support.

Symposium “Independent Media without Frontiers”
From Sapporo to the world, the truth as transmitted by local citizens

  • Date : 16 March 2008 (Sunday)
  • Time : 13:00-17:30
  • Address : Studio type Multipurpose Lecture Room,
    Center for Research and Development in Higher Education 3F,
    Hokkaido University, North 17, West 8,Kita-ku, Sapporo, 060-0810 Japan
  • Map: www.hokudai.ac.jp/bureau/info-j/johokan-map.htm

Part 1, The situation and problems of Citizen Media in Hokkaido


  • Hyun Mooam, Researcher from the Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University


  • Gabi Hadl, http://www.theforeigner-japan.com/archives/200612/harnessing_inner_japanese_activist.htm
  • Tomomi Kato, In charge of the Independent Media Centre of G8 Summit Citizen Forum Hokkaido
  • Yukihiro Abe, Independent Media Centre Sapporo Preparatory Working Group

Part 2, What role will the Independent Media play at the G8 Summit in Hokkaido?

Toward setting up the Independent Media Centre Sapporo


  • Shizuka Kimura, Independent Media Centre Sapporo Preparatory Working Group


translated by Kayoko Kimura, edited by Jun Stinson

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