The report of 7/11/16 NNA Rally
Dear Prime Minister Abe, July 11, 2016
Environmental disasters on any continent often have direct consequences throughout the world. This reality is the basis for global cooperation to address climate change. As you probably know, if the glaciers of Antarctica collapse because of global warming, the rise in sea-levels will destroy densely populated coastal communities on every continent.
I write to you today in the interest of protecting life on this planet. Yours is a position of official power. My power and responsibility as a citizen is to communicate with you on behalf of all who are affected by your actions. In so doing I join many Japanese who are convinced that your policies expose them to unacceptable risks of radioactive contamination.
Since the earthquake, tsunami and meltdowns at the nuclear complex at Fukushima five years ago, the Japanese government and TEPCO have attempted to manage the ongoing crisis by minimizing its scope and threat. Official reassurances that radiation levels are under control have been repeatedly contradicted by independent scientific monitoring. Nearby residents have been forced to make agonizing choices in the absence of trustworthy reporting by their government. Instead, you have given priority to elite careers and investor profits, while putting forth the false and optimistic narrative that the situation in Fukushima is rapidly becoming safe and normal.
We know that the effort to contain the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima plants continues to be daunting and that the potential risks are still catastrophic. We urge you to respect and protect the residents who have been evacuated from the area by withdrawing any threat to force them to return or sacrifice the financial support that sustains them where they have moved. Further, it is essential that doctors and hospitals can freely compile and share the records of increasing child thyroid cancers in the area since March 2011. Suppressing this information because it contradicts your happy narrative only makes the victims more vulnerable.
Stabilizing the damaged reactors will take decades. It is essential that those workers who are engaged in dangerous clean- up are also respected and protected. This requires transparency, maintaining clear records of their employment and guaranteeing them life-long follow-up medical care.
The present outsourcing of their labor to a many-layered and purposely obscure Yakuza-run sub-contractor system insures that these workers will be forgotten and neglected if they need help.
The plan to redistribute contaminated waste from Fukushima throughout Japan in road bed construction is reckless and must be immediately abandoned. Expert science has made it clear that there is an unacceptable risk of the buried contamination leaking into the environment and poisoning communities through the Japanese archipelago.
The Secrecy Law which your government pushed through has worked against the basic democratic values of a free press and the citizen’s right to know. Police harassment and detention of protestors opposing the escalating military alliance between the U.S. and Japan.
Finally, your campaign to restart dormant nuclear reactors, most of which are located on earthquake faults and exposed to possible tsunamis like the Fukushima complex is a betrayal of the wishes of the majority of people in Japan, but also of the people of the world. If there is another major nuclear accident in Japan all of us will also have to suffer the effects of radiation blown on the wind and carried by ocean currents. All nuclear plants in japan must be permanently decommissioned.
The people of Japan have expressed their desire for a clean environment and a peaceful society. Those desires can be realized by embracing renewable energy, permanently ending Japan’s use of nuclear energy and other non-sustainable systems, and by reinstating Article9. We urge your administration to commit to this truly constructive role.
Sincerely yours, Daniel Marlin
For Bay Area No Nukes Action