The Japanese presence

Japanese Jesuits are represented in the group by Ando Isamu and Peter Shimokawa. Fr. Peter is deeply involved with a number of organisations working with the homeless and destitute in the big urban cities of the world. He has spent time here with a group of slum people who have ?invaded? a building in Porto Alegre. According to Fr. Ando, the Japanese presence at the Forum seems to be weak– a few stray individuals walking fast, seemingly without direction. They come from highly radical and leftist groups espousing peace, solidarity, and anti-nuclear policies, but they are little known in Japan.