報告: 8月9日のリバモア核兵器研究所前抗議集会

朝6時半にバークレー、ベイエイリアを出発し、核兵器・原発絶滅集会に参加の皆さん、ごくろうさまでした。カリフォルニア晴れの天気で、青空の下、約300人が参加しました。

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スピーチをした一人、被爆者のはなおかさんは「時期の大統領になりうるドナルド・トランプは核兵器の使用は、いつも準備しておきたいと言っている」とその恐ろしさを述べ、ヴェトナム
戦争の機密書類を公表し、反戦・反核で知られているダニエル・エルスバーグさんも「次期大統領可能なヒラリー・クリントンでさえ核兵器を使うか、使わないかははっきり公表すべきでない、と言って使う余地を残しておきたがっている」と、私たちがまさに核戦争にいつでも巻き込まれる状況であることの不気味さを語りました。
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今回もIWJ (Independent Web Journal)  SF支局さんがインターネットで中継してくださいました。そのアーカイブィンクです。

パート1:http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/90414073

パート2:http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/90413563

次に、拙い私のスピーチですが、要望もあり添付しました。

過去の歴史を忘れず、それから学び、核兵器・核発電を絶滅していきましょう!

知ることは大事です、そして声を出し立ち上がることは更に大事です。

 

8/9/16 , at Lawrence Livermore Lab (Chizu Hamada speech)

Ohayou gozaimasu! Good morning!

In 1974, I left my life in Japan to come to the United States. For over 40 years now, I

have called the Bay Area my home. I live in Berkeley, and I love it there. This is where I

met my husband and raised my children. And this is where I’ve made many friends,

many of whom I see in front of me right now.

But as I stand here today, in front of the Lawrence Livermore Lab, I cannot help but

think about the atrocities that took place in Japan 71 years ago, and the path that led to

a nuclear dependent Japan.

In August of 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. Within six

months, over 200,000 people were dead, and to this day, over 600,000 people have

died. To put that in context, more people were killed in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki

bombs than the entire population of Oakland and Berkeley combined. Imagine that for a

moment, everyone you know in Oakland and Berkeley, GONE forever. Thousands dead

instantly, their shadows cast upon the ruins of buildings. Even more in hospitals, their

skin crackling from burns, their insides sick from radiation. And the children, their futures

destroyed like everything else.

Japan knows the horror. They experienced the destructive effects of nuclear weapons,

of isotopes and uranium and plutonium and radioactive material. They, of all countries,

should understand its catastrophic effects.

Well, Japan is an ironic country. Instead of learning from history, instead of running

AWAY from the horrors of August 1945, they have run TOWARDS nuclear power,

towards a Japan that is dependent on this abomination. Today, nuclear power plants are

littered all over Japan to be restarted.

And the irony doesn’t stop there. It was the United States who dropped those bombs on

Japan, and today it’s the United States who pushes for a nuclear Japan. It wasn’t

enough to kill hundreds of thousands of people. The United States has profited from

Japan’s nuclear path, and it is the Japanese people, once again, who must pay the

price.

On March 11th, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the following tunami destroyed

the Fukushima Daichi power plant, and three reactors were melted down. Even 5 and a

half years later, the Japanese people are STILL paying for this calamity. They finally

found the melted core of one of three reactors recently, but still don’t know how to

retrieve or contain it. Nearly 1000 contaminated water tanks are filling up in the Daiichi

facility lot. The Ice-wall is not entirely blocking the contaminated water, which seeps into

the ocean. Thyroid cancer amongst children is increasing, now over 170 children have

the cancer or suspected to have it. The Japanese government is declaring some areas

safe, and forcing the evacuees to go back, so that compensations can be cut. But it’s

very clear that the area is NOT safe, and may never be.

President Obama visited Hiroshima last May as a tribute to atomic bombs victims, but

he didn’t offer any apology. He called for a world free of nuclear weapons, but he leads

a country that spends to create even more nuclear warheads. Did his visit make this

world one step closer to nuclear disarmament? No. In fact, his visit strengthened the tie

with the Abe government which is pushing Japan towards militarism. Abe’s governing

party and allies took two third of upper house seats in last July’s election after Obama’s

visit. Prime Minister Abe is sending hundreds of special military to Takae in Okinawa to

suppress the protesters against building the USA army helicopter pads and to Henoko

against building a new base. The alliance between the Obama and Abe administration

is NOT about peace. It is about power. We should not be fooled.

Like many Japanese citizens, I have learned that we can not coexist with nuclear plants.

But the Abe government will never give up nuclear energy and they are pushing to

restart even more plants. The government is crushing the majority of Japanese people’s

voices against militarism and nuclear energy. Why? Because Abe government wants

Japan to step forward to a military country like the USA and wants to make nuclear

weapons in the near future. Japan needs to operate nuclear plants in order to enrich

uranium and plutonium.

As I stand here today, I can feel the many spirits of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the Marshal

Islands and Fukushima. They are here with us now. They are watching us and they are

encouraging us to fight.

What we do here today and in the future matters. The past must be remembered. The

catastrophes of history must not be forgotten. On this day and everyday we fight for a

world without nuclear weapons and nuclear energy.

Thank you.

 

written by NNA member Chizu Hamada

 

 

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One Response to “報告: 8月9日のリバモア核兵器研究所前抗議集会”
  1. Jason N. Kamalie says:

    This was a tremendous speech by Chizu, who has been the grand organizer of the monthly protests in front of the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco for years. Of course, we have come to expect such from her, given her insight, expertise, and penchant for putting together the updates and narrative of the ongoing problems at Fukushima.

    Listening to her recount all the many important considerations of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, I was again immensely impressed by how, with just a few well-crafted phrases and informative points, Chizu was able to so effectively put the broader picture of the dangers and issues, as they relate to the peoples of Japan, America, and the entire world in such sharp focus.

    First, regarding the horrific atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, she hits the nail on the head here:

    “Thousands dead instantly, their shadows cast upon the ruins of buildings. Even more in hospitals, their skin crackling from burns, their insides sick from radiation. And the children, their futures destroyed like everything else.

    Japan knows the horror. They experienced the destructive effects of nuclear weapons,
    of isotopes and uranium and plutonium and radioactive material. They, of all countries,
    should understand its catastrophic effects.”

    And, here:

    “President Obama visited Hiroshima last May as a tribute to atomic bombs victims, but
    he didn’t offer any apology. He called for a world free of nuclear weapons, but he leads
    a country that spends to create even more nuclear warheads. Did his visit make this
    world one step closer to nuclear disarmament? No. In fact, his visit strengthened the tie
    with the Abe government which is pushing Japan towards militarism.”

    Those things Chizu specifies are damning indictments against this militaristic country, this so-called “United States,” which has for too long now been the creator, purveyor, and user of atrocious weapons like the atomic bomb. Given the fact that the U.S. is the only nation to explode two atomic devices over the lands of another sovereign nation — and to do so largely as a type of perverse weapons test in posturing for world power, anticipating post WWII — it has absolutely zero moral authority to try to dictate the nuclear activities of countries abroad.

    As Chizu correctly points out, to this day, the U.S. has not apologized for the horrors it inflicted, for generations, upon the largely civilian populations, and many women and children, of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The absence of such an apology, given the great magnitude of harm to the innocent, given that such destruction could easily yet have been avoided at the close of the war, is shocking. Then, to see the two world leaders standing side by side to silently mark the fallen innocent of that catastrophe, watching Mr. Obama and Mr. Abe, given what they stand for, I thought there could be no emptier, no hollower set of world leaders in the advocacy of nuclear disarmament. One man leads a nation who spends more on a military and nuclear arsenal than the next 20 countries of the world combined. The other leader seeks to take its country back into the dark days of militarism by rewriting its constitution. I am glad, at least, that President Obama had the courage to be the first president to confront, personally, what this nation did by appearing in Hiroshima.

    Next, Chizu does well here to point out:

    “And the irony doesn’t stop there. It was the United States who dropped those bombs on
    Japan, and today it’s the United States who pushes for a nuclear Japan. It wasn’t
    enough to kill hundreds of thousands of people. The United States has profited from
    Japan’s nuclear path, and it is the Japanese people, once again, who must pay the
    price.”

    In other words, who’s profiting, who stands to gain with all this nuclear energy production? And, what is its relationship to the development of nuclear weapons? Does the U.S. want Japan to develop nuclear weaponry via the production of nuclear energy? After all that Japan endured via the bombings of her civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that really IS ironic. But, perhaps the more important realization, as Chizu mentions, is the immediate danger of nuclear energy gone wrong, as opposed to the likely dangers of nuclear weapons production down the road. To that end, Chizu does a great job here:

    “On March 11th, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the following tsunami destroyed
    the Fukushima Daichi power plant, and three reactors were melted down. Even 5 and a
    half years later, the Japanese people are STILL paying for this calamity.”

    Boy, isn’t that the truth. Can’t even find most of the melted core, let alone neutralize it. Sicknesses, thyroid problems, a very frightened prefecture that is reluctant to move back into the radiation zones. Radiation spewing into the Pacific ocean, and across Japanese lands. And, the sick, corporate greed on both sides of the ocean that have caused it and nourish ongoing calamity.

    Anyway, I just wanted to comment to say how effectively and eloquently Chizu tied in all these points together on the 71st anniversary of the world’s most notorious crime and mass murder. I’m so glad Chizu was able to speak and offer her unique perspective on these things. As usual, she doesn’t disappoint. Congratulations Chizu and the No Nukes Action Committee!

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