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Peace Out! -- Peace as a Global Language Conference in Tokyo

Thursday, April 6, 2006 Posted: 12:27 PM JST

The Japan-based "Peace as a Global Language" conference is now moving into its fifth year and the organizers are definitely onto a global trend. In 2004, for young people all over our planet, "Peace" (or "Peace Out") was the top word "Global Youthspeak" word, according to Global Language Monitor, a research organization that tracks trends in language the world over, with an emphasis upon Global English.

Although words like "fundoo," a Hindi-English fusion word for "cool," pushed "Peace" out of the Global English list in 2005, certainly as many people of all ages are saying and thinking about "Peace," more than ever, and not just in English.

This year the 5th Peace as a Global Language Conference will be held in September at Seisen University in Tokyo.

This conference, open to everyone interested in peace, dialogue, and human rights, reflects the best of civic culture and public discourse -- alive, on the ground, in practice.

Under the theme "Performing Peace," PGL hopes to recruit workshops and presentations (in Japanese, English, bilingual J and E, and other) that are academic, artistic and/or activist...

PGL invites peace-loving teachers, students, researchers, NGO activists and other citizens interested in giving presentations on topics relating to peace, human rights, and the environment, to please send a 50-word summary in English or 150 Japanese letters to PGL by April 30, 2006 (extended deadline).

For more details on this year's conference: http://www.eltcalendar.com/events/details/3035 and last year's conference in Kyoto: URL: http://www.pgljapan.org

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