The report from 10/11/16 Rally
We have recorded the least attendance, total of 8 people in the history of the every 11th of Monthly Rally. But one of attendants, Paul Kangas said “8 people are better than nobody”.
– letter to Japanese Prime Minister Abe-
To Japanese Government and Prime Minister Abe
Today, we are gathered at the Japanese consulate in San Francisco on October 11, 2016 to call for the immediate closure of all nuclear plants in Japan, and the evacuation of the children and families. It is no accident that former Prime ministers Kan and Koizumi have joined the campaign against nuclear power. They, like millions of others, realize that another nuclear meltdown could destroy the country of Japan and contaminate the world. Prime Minister Abe has told the Olympic Committee that the problem at Fukushima has been solved. This, you know, is not to be true as the plant continues to leak radioactive material and also the melted cores have still not been evacuated. Robots that have gone near it have been incapacitated by the intense radiation, as you know.
The Japanese government with the support of the US government has put out statements that you can “decontaminate” the Fukushima area. As we all know the cesium and other radioactive material is in the mountains surrounding Fukushima. Cleaning off the roofs of home near Fukushima and removing the topsoil near the site does not “decontaminate” Fukushima despite the government’s propaganda. At the same time, the billions of dollars used by contractors and subcontractors to “decontaminate” the plant while leaving the clean up workers mostly untrained and unprotected. We call for an end to the use of subcontractors. These workers should be public workers, and their health should be monitored and protected by the government, since the government has taken control of TEPCO.
Your government ordered those evacuated families and children to either come back to Fukushima or lose their benefits. This blackmail attack on the evacuees is being used to intimidate and force families back despite the dangers. There is a growing epidemic of thyroid cancers in not only Fukushima but also in Sendai and many other parts of Japan. By using the “secrecy laws”, your government is preventing the full disclosure of the growing spike in these cancers and where they are occurring.
We also oppose your proposal to eliminate or reinterpret the Article 9 of the constitution which limiting war, and instead, to make Japan another military power including with nuclear weapons.
This is also connected to the government efforts to propagandize in the schools for nuclear power with the use of TEPCO, KEPCO and other utilities. We oppose the militarization of the schools including the draft, and punishing teachers who refuse to sing the Kimigayo, the national anthem, because of the history in which Kimigayo was used to whip-up nationalism during the war. In the US today, African Americans and other people are protesting against the US national anthem because of the reality of police and racial murders, which have a long history in the United States. This revival of nationalism and militarization will again lead to another war that will not only destroy Japan, but also the rest of Asia and possibly the entire world.
In California, these same companies like General Electric tried to build 30 to 40 nuclear plants along the coast, but were stopped by a mass people’s protest and that is why there is only one plant left Diablo Canyon which should be closed down immediately to protect the workers an the community. The people of California, like the people of Japan, are in the ring of fire and face large and violent earthquakes. We cannot afford another Fukushima either in Japan or the US.
We will not go away and our efforts will continue until all nuclear plants are permanently closed in Japan, in the US and around the world. We will continue to speak out.
No Nukes Action Committee