●1997-2001 Peace, environment, digital and women writers
1997 April Takeshi Umehara is appointed the thirteenth president of Japan P.E.N. Club
June Statement about the Isahaya Bay Drainage Dikes
1998 May Statement about Nuclear Tests by India, Statement about Nuclear Tests by Pakistan
June Human Rights Gathering
September First "Evening of Literature (Writers Talk about Writers)" (held once a month for a year)
December Statement Protesting the Exercise of Force against Iraq
1999 February Urgent Statement Calling for Act on Access to Information Held by Administrative Organs based on the Public's Right to Know
July Human Rights Gathering
2000 February Statement on the Subcritical Nuclear Tests Undertaken by the Government of the United States of America
September The Speech and Expression Committee's second symposium "The Era of a Multitude of Expressions: How can I Express Myself in an Internet Society?"
2001 September The First Environment Committee symposium "Environmental Gathering 2001"
November The Japan P.E.N. Club Digital Library web site is opened on P.E.N. Day
December Women Writers' Committee symposium "When Women Write" (thereafter held continuously once a year)