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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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