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por Bill Nighy, Actor. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Llegué a Tokio hace unos días, después de viajar desde Los Ángeles en donde estaba trabajando con botas y un uniforme nazi. Así que es un alivio ponerme un traje de calle. Estuve en Tokio en una ocasión anterior, cuando filmábamos “Piratas del Caribe”, en mi papel de “Davy Jones” o “El Calamar” como me conocen en Japón.

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Yesterday, I had an interesting career change for a day: I was a corn on the cob in Oxfam’s biofuels performance.

As all the camera’s pointed at me, it felt like being a star, but it was a little scary at the same time. Everyone else was safely guarded from the cameras by their ‘big heads’, while I was out in the open. It was also quite tiring, because I had to squat down all the time.

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por Patrick Klerks, activista online, Oxfam Novib -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hoy es el último día antes del comienzo de la cumbre del G8 y me enfrento nuevamente a la sabiduría popular: “Cuando realices una actuación en público, no uses niños, animales ni globos”.

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I arrived in Tokyo a few days ago, having flown in from Los Angeles where I had been operating in jack boots and a nazi uniform. So it was a bit of a relief to get into a lounge suit.

I’ve been to Tokyo once before, when filming Pirates of the Carribean, acting as “Davy Jones” or “The Squid” as I’m known in Japan. On this occasion I was warmly welcomed by Oxfam representatives and felt very pleased to be here to draw attention to the important meeting ahead.

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por Stuart McWilliam, Coordinador de Campañas, Oxfam Japón --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hoy me encuentro en Sapporo, Japón, adonde puedo ver helicópteros sobrevolando el área.

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Today is the last day before the G8 summit begins and I am once again faced with the eternal wisdom: “When you’re doing a public performance, do not use animals, children or balloons”.

At first it seemed like a good idea to have a thousand balloons on the square in front of the Sapporo Convention Center, representing one million wishes sent from people around the world asking for an end to poverty, as part of the Japanese tanabata festival. As we soon found out: concrete and balloons don’t mix.

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Today, I’m in Sapporo, Japan, where I can see helicopters circling the area. Policemen and reporters are everywhere: the G8 leaders must be coming to town!

G8 countries are trying to cope with increasing oil prices, food inflation and a slowdown of their economies, but the poor are worse off. As the G8 leaders meet from 7-9 July, Oxfam will be calling on them to make poverty issuescentral to their discussions. But to reach that goal, we need to do some campaigning!


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One of the most important things about campaigning is making sure that our voices get heard by the people making decisions.

On June 18, Oxfam made sure that the Japanese leader Prime Minister Fukuda heard our G8 campaign wishes at a meeting held with GCAP, Japanese organisations and Oxfam International’s Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs.

It’s my first time driving on the right side of the road, I’m in a city I don’t know at all, and I’m lost. The things we do when campaigning for health for all.

I’m in the picturesque city of Geneva at the World Health Assembly.

For the next week, Oxfam will be campaigning to make sure Ministers of Health, their policy staff, the media and the World Health Organisation remember that every day 2 billion people don’t have the medicines they need, 1400 women will die in childbirth and 4,000 children die of diarrhoea.


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