Saturday, January 07, 2017

COLAP, Tokyo 2017 first day highlights

COLAP, Tokyo 2017 first day highlights
The majority of the delegates had arrived a day earlier, on Friday, January 6.
Confederation of Lawyers of Asia and the Pacific (COLAP) Tokyo's first day morning session took place at the Aoyama Aoyama Gakuin University, on the 10th floor of Building number 14.
There was one delegate from Bangladesh (Hasan Tarique Chowdhury), one delegate from Pakistan (Abrar Hasan), three delegates from Philippines (Grace Saguinsin, Edwin Dela Cruz, and Ed Carmona)
two delegates from Vietnam (Le Thin Kim Thanh and Nguyen Van Quyen), and four members from the Japan Lawyers International Solidarity Association (Jun Sasamato, Aisa Kiyosue, and two others).
International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) was represented by Jeanne Mirer (USA) and Roland Weyl (France).
The morning session proceedings started with the introduction of members.

After the lunch break the delegates took a train to Otsuka.
Delegates met other members of the Japanese civil society in an event hall in Otsuka. Several delegates gave presentations before
the dinner.  A sumptuous Japanese dinner was followed by songs and dances that continued till late at night.