Letter To Japanese Government August 11, 2014 by NNA Submitted at San Francisco Japanese Consulate
Dear Prime Minister Abe,
Today close to the anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki we believe that we are again facing a new danger of world war and nuclear radiation and suffering.
Your government continues to tell the Japanese people that they can “overcome” radiation and you are raising the radiation contamination limits. You also told the world community and the Olympic Committee that Japan had overcome the problems at Fukushima. The Japanese government and the world is now aware that far from containing the continuing crisis at Fukushima you are discussing the release of more radioactive water into the Pacific ocean by TEPCO. Is this what you mean by containment of the Fukushima catastrophe?
At the same time, there are a growing number of thyroid cancer surgeries not just in Fukushima but even in Sindai. Your government has refused to release the statistical information to the public about the numbers of surgeries. This continued effort to censor and cover-up the serious health developments is in fact a continuation of the Japanese government’s policy after the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns when the government refused to publicize where the nuclear plumes were located thereby allowing mothers and their families to actually walk directly into the radioactive plumes. Your government’s effort to tell the Japanese and the people of the world that you can overcome and “decontaminate” Fukushima is not credible yet you continue to put out the same story.
The No Nukes Action Committee and others are here today to let the American people and the Japanese people that we do not accept these statements and policies and we know that in fact there is a campaign of falsification going on. We call on you and your government to be held accountable. The cancers among the children and families of Fukushima continue to grow and the refusal of the government to fully fund the evacuation of children and families from Fukushima is another issue that concerns us and people throughout the world. We need action now to address these issues which continue to proliferate and the effort to silence anti-nuke activists in Japan by arrests and repression along with your recent passage of a secrecy law will not silence those who are putting truth to power.
We also oppose the continued effort to remilitarize Japan and Asia. This again will only benefit the war profiteers in Japan and around the world. Funding should be going to help the people of Fukushima and Japan who continue to suffer the affects of Fukushima.
(written by NNA member Steve Zeltzer)