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[Finished] March 14, 2009 - Peace March for Tibet

This March 10th is the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. Every year in March TSNJ hosts a peach march to commemorate this and to appeal for peace and freedom in Tibet. This year's event is on March 14th, in Shibuya. Please come and join us and the Tibetans as we walk for Tibet.

Time: March 14th, 2009 (Saturday) 2PM
Place: Shibuya, Miyashita park [ Map ]
Further details

[Finished] March 7, 2009 event news on has kindly posted a short news article talking about the events on March 7th.
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[Finished] March 7, 2009 - Protest in front of the Chinese Embassy

On the 10th of March, 2008 the Tibet issue entered into a distinct and crucial stage. Tibetan people of all ages, all walks of life, the young and the old, monks and nuns, farmers, nomads, craftsmen, and even university students across China stood up and risked their lives to partake in this protest movement. This spirit of resistance has been handed down for half a century starting on the 10th of March in 1959. Looking back at these 50 years of resistance, as a Tibetan, or in support of the Tibetans, I stand up to the Chinese government again.

This will be a non-violent, peaceful protest which abides by Japanese law. Permission from the police has been obtained for this activity. Your understanding, support, and participation will be most welcome!

  • Date/time: March 7, 2009, 11:00 AM
  • Place: In front of the Chinese Embassy (3-4-33 MOTO-AZABU, MINATO-KU, TOKYO) [ Mapion ]
  • How to protest: Protest without loud speakers and the like, display a banner, or read aloud our statement. We will pay close attention not to disturb residents and the traffic in the area.
  • Contact (English): Tsering Dorjee at moc.liamg|napaj.tebiteerfarofstneduts#moc.liamg_ta_napaj.tebiteerfarofstneduts

[Finished] March 7, 2009 - Uprising Day: 50th Anniversary Event

Looking back at these 50 years of resistance, SFT Japan decided to hold a commemorative event to rouse public interest at home and abroad. International supporters and Tibetans will work hand in hand together towards the ultimate goal of freedom for the Tibet.
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 7:00 pm, at National Olympic Memorial Youth Center (7min walk from Sangubashi Sta. Odakyu Line)
We are look forward to seeing you there!


[Finished] December 6, 2008 - first screening of "Leaving Fear Behind" in Japan

SFT Japan has organized the first screening of the film "Leaving Fear Behind" with Japanese subtitles in Tokyo.

Leaving Fear Behind (in Tibetan, Jigdrel) is a heroic film shot by Tibetans from inside Tibet, who longed to bring Tibetan voices to the Beijing Olympic Games. With the global spotlight on China as it rises to host the XXIX Olympics, Tibetans wish to tell the world of their plight and their heartfelt grievances against Chinese rule. The footage was smuggled out of Tibet under extraordinary circumstances. The filmmakers were detained soon after sending their tapes out, and remain in detention today.


[Finished] August 3 - 24, 2008 WALK for a FREE TIBET

Walk for a Free Tibet is an awareness raising event hosted by Students for a Free Tibet Japan.

There are several walks happening in different parts of Japan. The overall goal of these walks is to raise awareness of the Tibet problem while appealing for freedom, human rights, and peace in Tibet. The timing is critical due to the Olympics being held in Beijing and the focus it is receiving. We also wish to show solidarity with our Tibetan brothers in sisters through this event so please come out and join us!

Further explanation of the event (in Japanese)

In Kanagawa, August 3rd
Contact: Ochiai, moc.liamg|awaganak.tebitmaet# moc.liamg_ta_awaganak.tebitmaet

In Nagoya, August 9th
Contact: Tsering Dorjee, moc.liamg|ayogan.tebitmaet#moc.liamg_ta_ayogan.tebitmaet

In Tokyo, August 9th
Details to follow

In Kumamoto, August 24th
Starting point: Shimodori Shopping Mall
Starting time: 10:00
Walk around Kumamotojo Castle Park.
Contact: Ota, moc.liamg|otomamuk.tebitmaet#moc.liamg_ta_otomamuk.tebitmaet

In Nagano, August 24th
Starting point: Kamikouchi Bus Terminal
Starting time: 10:00
Walk through the National Park, approx 8km.
Contact: Takehana, moc.liamg|onagan.tebitmaet#moc.liamg_ta_onagan.tebitmaet

In Tokyo, August 24th
Starting point: Ebisu Park, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Starting time: 16:00
Demonstration and walk with Tibetans
Details to follow


[Finished] 2008/8/24 - Tibet for Tibetans !

A silent march organized by the Tibetan community of Japan

The curtain is falling on the Beijing Olympics. While the Chinese government exchanged a promise of reformed human rights for the Olympics; in the shadow of the rejoicing at a successful event there are people who are being terrified by increased oppression. Although the Olympics coming to an end, the fight for our freedom, the freedom of the Tibetan people, continues. To express the grief and concern that all Tibetans carry, we will conduct a silent march. What we Tibetans are demanding are the human rights and freedoms that ordinary people have. We want to be a spokesperson and walk for all of our Tibetan brothers and sisters; for those who have lost their lives, been imprisoned, or are dealing with the sadness of have family or friends who have not come home.

By walking we want to express these voices from the darkness, this message that mere words cannot fully relate. Please come and join us, the Tibetan community in Japan, as we walk our silent march.

SFT Japan will be supporting this demonstration by joining it with our Walk for a Free Tibet campaign Tokyo event.


  • 2008/8/24 (Sun)
  • 16:00 Assemble at Ebisu Park (Shibuya-ku, Ebisu-nishi 1-19-1) ~5 minute walk from the Hibiya Subway line or the JR Ebisu station west exit
  • 17:00 March begins(Ebisu Park -> Shibuya -> Jingudoori Park)
  • 19:00 Disperse

About the silent march

  • In an attempt to create the image of funeral procession, please wear simple dark colored clothing and black colored items. Please refrain from brightly colored clothing or costumes.
  • In an attempt to further emphasize silence, we also recommend masks. Any color or style is fine. Writing FREE TIBET, etc. on them would also be good.
  • Photos of the deceased and missing, Tibetan flags and banners will be used
  • There will be no shouting or slogans used during the march. Please refrain from bringing any instruments.

Further details

[Finished] 2008/8/9 - Tibet for Tibetans !

Since the unrest in Lhasa that started in March, the Tibet problem has been drawing increased attention in Japan. Government-to-goverment dialog has been reestablished, foreign tourists have been allowed back into the Tibetan Autonomous region, and according to the media one would be believed that the situation in Tibet has calmed down.

However the reality is that while not even the "reform in human rights" has been accomplished, via the so-called "Patriotic re-education campaign" and armed police, even more tightened security measures have been constituted. Incidents where those resisting are fired upon without any warning have been reported. Despite the pledge, the human rights situation in Tibet is only worsening.

In the midst of this, the Beijing Olympics are about to commence. In the shadow of these festivities we want people to know that the lives and freedoms of many people are being sacrificed. It is with this purpose that we the Tibetan community in Japan has risen up.

This will be the first demonstration organized by the Tibetan community in Japan. We welcome all those who would stand with us.

SFT Japan will be supporting this demonstration by joining it with our Walk for a Free Tibet campaign Tokyo event.


Further details


[ Finished ] 2008/5/6 Rally and demonstration in Tokyo during Hu Jintao's state visit to Japan

We welcome all those who love peace, democracy and know the importance of human rights. We want to make the demonstration on 5/6 as large as possible, so invite your friends. While SFT is participating in this event, it is organized and hosted by the Save Tibet Network and TSNJ.

Details about the rally and demonstration can be found on TSNJ's English website:

[ Finished ] [ Important ] 2008/4/26 - About SFT's action

The fact that the Tibetans themselves want to express themselves in a way that is non-violent, peaceful, legal, and within the framework of Japanese law, has become our highest priority. For this reason the way that the roadside appeal during the Olympic torch relay will be carried out has been changed (We are not finished with talks with the police and public administration, so none of this is set in stone). SFT's role in this appeal was limited to those Tibetans who applied before hand. There is not any general participation open for the torch relay. For further information, please see the blog.

[ Finished ] 2008/4/26 Beijing Olympics Torch Relay Appeal

  1. Tibetan Cultural Exchange: Getting to know the "Tibet problem"
    • Date: April 25th, 2008 from 7PM
    • Place: Monzenpuraza - Basement hall (Nagano shi, Nitta-machi, 1485-1) (the previously posted location has recently changed)
    • Topics The "Tibet problem", something that started during the Cold War, is a progressing problem effecting cultural inheritance and and human rights. Outside Tibet, second and third generation refugees are being born. Visiting Nagano is Tsering Dorjee who lives and works in Japan is one of the generation of "Tibetan refugees who has never seen his home". Tsering is one of people that make up Japanese society and really is just the guy next door. The Tibet problem really isn't very far away. Tsering will be speaking about his experiences, how the currently displaced generation feel, and their hopes for the future. Please come and take this opportunity to get to know about Tibetan problem.
    • Hosted by: SFT Japan
    • Cost: Free for everyone
    • Contact/Questions: moc.liamg|8002napajtfs#moc.liamg_ta_8002napajtfs
  2. Beijing Olympics Protest: To the Chinese Government - Keep your promises!
    • Date: April 26th, 2008 (Time and gathering place are still being decided)
    • Place: In front of the JR Nagano Station (waiting on approval)
    • Purpose: The reason China lost out to Sydney for the the 2004 Summer Olympics was due to the human rights problems starting with Tibet. After this, in the bid for the Summer 2008 Olympics to be held in Beijing, the Chinese government pledged "an improvement in the human rights situation". SFT Japan has been paying close attention to the Beijing Olympics as the worlds eyes and ears are focused on the human rights situation in China. It presents an excellent opportunity for improving human rights in Tibet. Unfortunately nothing has improved and the Olympic venue is being forced forwards through strong governmental pressure. SFT does not oppose the Olympics and has no plans to disrupt the Olympic torch. SFT is, however, strongly concerned that in the shadow of the event that uses the phrase "A Celebration of Peace", promises have not been kept and the Tibet problem is still left unanswered.
    • Participation: This event is for Tibetans living in Japan who have applied. (Tibet supporters and others are free to act as they wish. Please enjoy the event as a normal spectator).
  3. Hear Tibet! Meeting (tentative title)
    • An appeal meeting after the torch relay has ended
    • Time/Date: 2008/04/26 (PM, still working on the time)
    • Place: Nagano city (tbd)
    • Participation: Open (no registaration needed)
    • Due to Nagano prefecture governmental ordinances, all those who have gathered to appeal the Tibetan problem are not allowed to gather into a single place. Instead, we will get together afterward to socialize (waiting for permission). There are not plans for a demonstration. Through (SFTJ) Tsering's speech, the message of Tibet support groups, Tibetan songs, etc. we will be reiterating our feelings and commitment to peace for Tibet.

[ Finished ] Protest in front of the Chinese Embassy & SFT Japan post protest Meeting - March 22, 2008

  • Date: March 22nd, 2008 (Sat)
  • Demonstration at the Chinese Embassy: 12:00~12:30 (* 5 at a time, rotating)
  • Local demonstration: Gather - 13:00 / Meeting - 13:30~14:00 / March - 14:00+
  • Gathering spot: Mikawadai Park - Roppongi (Roppongi 4-2-27, Minatoku, Tokyo)
  • Local train stations: The closest subway station is Roppongi (Hibiya line and Ooedo Line). Go out exit #6, turn left and follow the main street for about 150m. The park is on the left. Alternatively, the Roppongi-itchome station is also close (about 500m from exit #1).
  • Planned march path : Roppongi -> West Azabu -> Kougai Park
  • Post demonstration location: Kougai Park (around 14:30)
  • The nearest station to Kougai Park is Hiroo (Hibiya line). Most people will use this station so just follow the crowd.
  • Protest Hosted by: TSNJ (Tibet Support Network Japan)
  • Also: "The Federation of Representatives for Considering the Tibet Problem" will participate
  • SFT Japan Meeting
  • Time: 5:30PM
  • Place: Ginza Renoir (5~8 minute walk from JR Tokyo Station, or right next to Nihonbashi subway station)
  • Location map: (Japanese)
  • Cost per person: 2200 yen (more depending on food costs)
  • If you can, please RSVP to: Tsering Dorjee moc.liamg|napaj.tebiteerfarofstneduts#moc.liamg_ta_napaj.tebiteerfarofstneduts or moc.liamg|8002napajtfs# moc.liamg_ta_8002napajtfs

[ Finished ] Protest in front of the Chinese Embassy - March 8, 2008

The Chinese government has promised to improve its human rights situation to host the 2008 Olympics, and the event that is supposed to celebrate diverse ethnic cultures is about to be held in a few months. However, the actual situation in Tibet has not changed at all. The world turns a blind eye to Tibet where our ethnic pride has been violated, to allow China to hold this worldwide event. As a Tibetan, I can not just remin silent and accept this situation.

This will be the first protest by Tibetans in front of the Chinese Embassy in Japan, since March 10, 1959 when His Holiness the Dalai Lama was forced to exile from Tibet.

This will be a non-violent, peaceful protest which abides by the Japanese law. We obtained a permission from the local police station for this activity. Your understanding. support, and participation will be most welcome!

  • Date/time: March 8, 2008, 11:00 AM
  • Place: In front of the Chinese Embassy (3-4-33 MOTO-AZABU, MINATO-KU, TOKYO)
  • How to protest: Protest without loud speakers and the like, display a banner, read aloud our statement. We will pay close attention not to disturb residents and the traffic in the area.
  • Contact (English): Tsering Dorjee at moc.liamg|napaj.tebiteerfarofstneduts#moc.liamg_ta_napaj.tebiteerfarofstneduts

[Finished] 2008 Peace March for Tibet