A report of the 46th NNA monthly Rally on 5/11 ・ 月例抗議５月１１日集会の事後報告
Our 46th rally was short but went smoothly. About a dozen of people attended.The huge Kumamoto earthquakes in Kyushu, the oppression to the activists by Osaka Police Dept, the controversial Obama’s visit to Hiroshima were some of the topics people spoke out. People who spoke were Steve Seltzer, Dan Marlin, Paul Kangas, Jeff Nagata and myself.
written by NNA member Chizu Hamada
Dear Prime Minister Abe,
The powerful 7.3 Kyushu earthquake was not supposed to happen according to your Japanese government experts. The newly discovered faults in the southern island of Japan not only did massive damage but exposed the dangers to two operating nuclear plants including the Sendai plant. There were also more than 530 quakes beyond level 1 following the large earthquake.
Forty nine people have died and the quake caused extensive damage to cultural sites like the Kumamoto castle and temporarily shutdown the bullet train Shinkansen. The land shifted up to six feet.
At the very time of the earthquake, your government was engaged in an effort to tell the Japanese people, the US and the people of the world that the problems at Fukushima had been overcome although this is not the case. Your government also went on a full press to reassure the public that there was no danger to the nuclear plants in Kyushu and they needed to keep operating.
The Japan Nuclear Regulatory Authority NRA claimed that the plants hand “no abnormalities” and said they would not halt the reactors “unless here is a scientifically convincing basis said Shunichi Tanaka about the Sendai nuclear complex”. Your government should be aware that new earthquakes were discovered yet the NRA wants scientific evidence of the dangers that these nuclear plants are in danger?
What was important to note was that there had been no “scientific evidence” of the new quake faults that developed during this massive quake which is continuing to have after shocks.
Your government appointed president of the NHK Japanese National TV and Radio Katsuto Momii also told the staff not to “stir up alarm”. This was a warning to the NHK news staff not to tell the real stories of what is going on. “Hiroyoshi Sunakawa, a professor of media theory at Rikkyo University commented “President Momii has strong authority over personel-related matters, and if the remark on (on nuclear power) was ineed made it’s a problematic statement that has a chilling effect on the ground reporting.”
These efforts to suppress the news and threaten journalists who tell the truth about the nuclear dangers is outrageous and should be opposed by all people in Japan and around the world.
Many poor and working class residents have also been hit with what the Japanese media is now calling “economy class syndrome” or deep vein thrombosis. Because of the failure of the Abe government to provide emergency housing for the now thousands of evacuees, many poor and working class people have been forced to stay in their cars for more than 12 hours leading to serious circulation problems and some have died from these health problems.
Your government is also facing mass opposition over a new secrecy law that further allows it to intimidate the media and David Kaye the U.N. Special Rapporeur at a press conference in Tokyo on April 19, 2016 reported that journalists and reporters are being threatened and fired for reporting on nuclear dangers at Fukushima and other nuclear reactor sites. He said a reporter was demoted and given a salary cut after writing an article on the nuclear plant in Fukushima, which went into a meltdown in 2011.”
Your government police in the past have also arrested anti-nuclear activists for handing out flyers including Osaka Professor Masaki Shimoji and others who were leafleting opposing the burning of nuclear waste in the Osaka area and other prefectures in Japan. Your government has decided that all of Japan’s regions should take responsibility for the massive radioactive waste that was produced by Fukushima.
The growing economic crisis in Japan has also been exacerbated by the Kyushu earthquake. It will cost tens of billions of dollars for rebuilding the seriously damaged homes and infrastructure. The real threat of more earthquakes in the "ring of fire" needs to be recognized. We cannot afford the danger of operating nuclear power plants in this environment.
The people and families of Fukushima are now being told by the government that they must return to Fukushima because it has been decontaminated. This is factually untrue and there have been many independent investigations that show that it is still highly contaminated. We call on a halt of the demand by the government that forces people to return to Fukushima.
We call for the closure of all nuclear plants in Japan including in Kyushu. We oppose the export of nuclear power technology and for full compensation for those harmed by the Fukushima meltdown. We also call for full support to the nuclear clean-up workers who have faced discrimination and do not have proper health and safety protection. We oppose the government which is running TEPCO for contracting out the hiring of contract workers in Fukushima. Corrupt Yakuza and other contractors have scammed the workers and these workers will face cancer and other diseases yet they are not protected by the government which now runs TEPCO. The government has a responsibility for these workers and using contractors is a means for denying the government responsibility. This new shock created by the Kyushu earthquake cannot be ignored and we call for the government take action to defend the people of Japan, the environment and failing to learn these lessons again puts the people in Danger.
No Nukes Action Committee