Nov. 23, 2014 – “Japan-based NGO Peace Boat sets sail from Yokohama” (National Geographic)

Ideas and Insights from Explorer Joseph Hincks: “Peace Boat was founded in 1983 as a civil society response to government censorship of Japan’s past military aggression in the Asia Pacific. Disenchanted with the education he and other students were receiving at Japanese universities, which he claimed had “become more and more [like] factories to produce economic warriors,” Yoshioka Tatsuya and three fellow students at Tokyo’s Waseda University chartered a ship to visit Korea, Singapore, and eventually China; learning first hand about the effects of Japanese occupation. “I thought, we couldn’t trust our government, the media, or text books, so let’s go there to see the people,” Yoshioka said.”