Report from 4/11 NNA Monthly Rally

The attendants are very few,  but we had a good rally. Paul Kangas came back from the trip to Russia and China and spoke. Genta Yoshikawa spoke very first time. And we had three very first attendants.
Steve Zeltzer who wrote the letter to PM Abe couldn’t attend this rally, so Genta Yoshikawa read it out. Attached please read the letter.
Since Yoshikawa had quitted from Independent Web Journal as a video journalist, he is free from IWJ regulations,  now he can speak out!
The link below is a video of 4/11 rally of Yoshikawa channel.
Thank people who attended our rally and who couldn’t attend but showed us your supports!
Hope see you our next NNA rally on 5/11, at 3 pm at the front of SF Japanese consulate!


今回の首相への手紙はスティーブ・ゼルツアーが書きましたが(添付参照)、都合で参加ず、代わりに吉川さんが読みました。ご存知のように吉川さんはIWJ のvideo journalistとして長年毎回の抗議をインターネットで中継してくれましたが、数ヶ月前からフリーとなり、自分でユーチューブのチャンネルを作り、そこにヴィデオを立ち上げるようになりました。




 reported by NNA member Chizu Hamada

− 4/11 Letter To Abe Government −

Letter To PM Abe

Today we speak out again to oppose the continued demands of the Abe government to order the evacuated families to return to Fukushima or face a cutoff of the subsidies. Your government which is now running TEPCO must be held responsible for the treatment of the evacuees and the continuing radioactive contamination of the people and environment of Fukushima. We oppose your efforts to spread the supposedly “decontaminated” waste from Fukushima throughout the country to use in parks and land fill and other  construction projects. Last year, your government  decided it was OK to use soil containing cesium emitting 5,000 and 8,000 becquerels per kilogram or lower in public projects, such as coastal levees and roads.

Anti-nuclear activists in Osaka have even been arrested by your police for leafletting against the burning of this waste in Osaka and other prefectures. We also oppose the release of radioactive water into the Pacifica ocean which your government is demanding. We are in solidarity with the Fukushima Fisherman’s Cooperative.

Masakazu Yabuki, chairman of Iwaki fishery cooperative association has said
“It’s TEPCO and the national government’s responsibility to restore the ocean in Fukushima,”  and releasing radioactive water into the ocean will not only threaten the fisherman but all the people of the Pacific rim.
We oppose your continued efforts to restart even more nuclear plants even though there are  serious safety concerns including earthquake faults under these plants. This effort to put the Japanese people in dire jeopardy again with another major earthquake is inexcusable.

We also oppose your efforts to build more military bases like the Henoko military base in Okinawa which will be used by US ships with nuclear weapons. While your government is spending billions on more militarization and for another war in Asia you are cutting public and social services for the people of Fukushima and the country.

We call for you to resign from your office as a result of you and your wife’s corrupt relationship with a rightwing nationalist school Moritomo Gakuen’s new Mizuho no Kuni elementary school which was supposed to named in honor of you. The school as a result of the personal relationship with you and your wife  was able to get a special subsidies from the government. This corruption and personal hypocrisy is not surprising as the school which you and your wife supported was involved in rewriting the history of the Second World War to sanitize the criminal role of the Imperial Army in war crimes including the sexual slavery of the ‘Comfort Women’.

We oppose the secrecy laws which are aimed at silencing journalists and investigators who are working to find out the actual conditions in Fukushima and the secrecy laws are keeping the Japanese people from even finding out the extent of thyroid cancers and cancer surgeries in Fukushima and throughout Japan.

We oppose the “conspiracy law” which will allow your government to arrest people who even discuss these issues in a fascist type kangaroo court which your government wants to set up.

We call for the release of all political prisoners including Fumiaki Hoshino who has been jailed for over 40 years in a frame-up after protests in Tokyo against the US Japan Security Agreement and the occupation by the US military of Okinawa. We have learned since that action that the US with support of past Japanese governments allowed nuclear weapons to come into Okinawa despite the fact that this was illegal.

We join today with the people of Fukushima and Japan in solidarity and we pledge to fight with your against any more Fukushimas.

Steve Zeltzer
No Nukes Action Committee

3 Responses to “Report from 4/11 NNA Monthly Rally”
  1. Jason N. Kamalie says:

    This amazing little group has been changing the world and standing up for what’s right one monthly rally at a time since the terrible nuclear meltdowns at the Daichii plants in Fukushima, Japan. This group of protesters are real rock stars. And, if you ask any rock star who’s been around long enough, they’ll tell you something interesting. Sometimes, over the years, the crowds get a lot leaner. The concerts, the audiences, even members of the band sometimes grow fewer as time goes on. The songs that once filled massive arenas and music halls, as years go by, echo from the walls of largely empty venues. In the lonely stretches over the years that every successful rock band sees, interest in their songs once sang by the whole, wide word wanes for a while. And, for a little while, it can seem lonely.

    But, only for a little while. When you hang around long enough, when you continue to put out all the right notes and lyrics, even when it’s lonely and there are few supporters – guess what happens? You find your way back. Or, rather – people rediscover your music, they rediscover all the songs and sounds and messages that made you great. A new generation, new faces come along and start to fill in empty spaces of the audience to notice and appreciate the music that was appreciated by others long before their time.

    And, all this is much more true for superstar activists who keep an even keel, who keep plodding along their course, delivering the same bedrock messages, by the same core people who have the drive to never surrender. Never. This group, this special No Nukes Action Committee – headed by Chizu, Steve, Dan, and a few others behind the scenes – is something really special. They have the drive and determination to go on. For a while I had the privilege of attending their monthly meetings, and I felt so honored, so glad to be working with them to change the world and to be on the right side of history. They are wonderful, the ones you might see in the video, as well as those you don’t see sometimes. People like Yoko, Umi, Toshi, Kazmi, and about a dozen others who all bring their unique brand of light to the group.

    Some members depart, others arrive, and still others step in to become more involved, to present their new talents and abilities to the group – like Genta-San. Genta-San was, and is, the professional cameraman of the NNA – and he filmed for the Independent Web Journal expert footage of each rally. Since then, he has changed assignments and can now become more vocal. He read Steve Zeltzer’s letter to the group and then offered his own excellent ideas. Talk about being multi-talented! To be an expert cameraman and to offer excellent insights into the ongoing disaster at Fukushima, Genta-San is living proof of a core group’s ideology, of their excellent persistence in a time and circumstance where the group’s turnout at the monthly rallies has dipped a little.

    But, before that came Chizu’s excellent recap. What can you say about Chizu? Except, as usual, she is remarkable, powerful, provocative, thorough in her assessment and report of the situation on the ground at Fukushima! Everybody loves her. She covers all the bases, all the different aspects to the huge problem. And, so many times she hits the nail right on the head about the problems there. She asks, concerning the Japanese government’s nebulous claim of providing “support” for the returning evacuees to Fukushima – something like, “[What support? This is just a word or phrase that’s meaningless]!”

    That’s especially true in light of the corrupt government decision to diminish or cut all aid to the evacuees last month. Like Chizu said, it’s incredible and heartbreaking. It’s not the evacuees’ fault that the plants at Daichii had a meltdown! Or, that they weren’t well equipped to handle a tidal wave. It’s not the evacuees fault that they lost their homes! To send these people back to a polluted area in the wake of radiation dangers is the height of irresponsibility and even malice. As Chizu said, it might take a hundred or more years to clean the area – if it’s even possible. What is fair is to provide for the well being of all who were struck by the tragedy through absolutely no fault of their own. Chizu is absolutely right – and she worded it so well, too!

    John is another monthly attendee I’m so proud of and pleased to see there! He doesn’t say much, but he tries to keep the mood light and easy with occasional funny phrases and such. But, beneath it all, John shares everyone’s concern for the safety of the evacuees and for a successful cleanup of the area. He has been completely devoted to the group — coming almost every month!

    Steve’s letter was again, more or less, on point and pretty well-written. He’s written some phenomenal letters in the past. He, along with Chizu and Dan Marlin, form the golden triad of the group with their reports, writing, and speaking. Each one of these makes use of a powerful voice and talent for the group, and can be credited with keeping Japan from opening more nuclear plants after the disaster.

    It was good to see a few passers by getting interested in the group’s message, too. You can see that people here in this country, quite a few people, really have a heart and love for Japan. I know I do – along with China, too. But, given the Fukushima disaster, many of us really do care for the people who have been displaced there and want to see them taken care of.

    Paul has always done a superb job presenting information about solar power. And, he’s absolutely right, too. If people can make the switch to solar, if local governments can facilitate the change, people will have a limitless power source that’s natural, pollution free, and can feed energy back onto the grid. He’s focused on Germany’s rise in Europe to transition to solar power and other pollution-free technologies. He has a wealth of information on solar power mechanics, economics, and practical set up and can be reached via the information he provides.

    All in all, this was another excellent rally – full of good spirit. I love seeing the NNA group and hope for their continued success. I’ll be keeping my eye on them to see what they have going on, and what they bring to the rallies. The monthly rally is on the 11th of every month. I highly recommend for anybody interested in Fukushima – or activism generally – to go to the rally to see how world-class professionals do it.

    As a last note, we’ve been hoping and praying for Dan’s recovery – and he seems to be getting better. Our best wishes and hopes to Dan Marlin and Toshi. They’ve been excellent contributors to the group – as has Sam Kanno from Southern California.
    Best wishes.

  2. Jason N. Kamalie says:

    Kishiko and Me (Kin)

    (1) Salty, ocean air streams in
    From seashores far below.
    Our house was not one washed away
    By the Wave six years ago.

    At the very top of Plum Tree Hill
    Our house stares down the sea
    A tiny house, but a tidy home
    For Grandmother and me.

    My bedroom window introduces
    Rushing scents and scenes.
    Purple plum trees, morning breezes,
    The sun’s first golden beams.

    But how my soft bed feels so warm
    On another school day morning.
    Sleepy eyes, a gaping yawn,
    And then, I’m back to snoring.

    Grandma calls from well swept stairs
    Says the same thing every day.
    “Get up, young man – no time to waste!
    Your breakfast on the way.”

    (6) Brushed teeth, combed hair, school shirt, pressed pants –
    Then, I’m running down the stairs.
    Grandma sets my plate for me,
    While I mutter morning prayers.

    Two eggs, white rice, sliced pears and tea.
    With drooping eyes I chew.
    I gulp my juice, and wipe my mouth.
    Then, I’m off to school.

    Outside the house, all down the slope
    Pink blossoms reach the sea.
    Red seaweed shores join Plum Tree Hill
    Where Kishiko found me.

    Last summer’s break, and so few friends,
    My feet splashed froth each day.
    Buckets, sea shells, sandy hands
    Sand castles swept away.

    (10) Lonely, every morning I
    Would walk along the beach.
    Seashells became my new best friends,
    I loved them all, and each.

    With care I gathered some of these
    Of pleasant shape and hue.
    I polished these by nighttime lamp –
    And, my shell collection grew.

    One afternoon – a bright, hot day –
    With shovel in my hand,
    In glittered, grainy earth I sat
    To build a castle in the sand.

    Many castles such as these
    I formed in summer’s warming.
    Only to be swept, with ease,
    Away each tidal morning.

    So used, was I, to solitude,
    At first, I did not see
    The pretty feet of Kishiko
    Standing next to me.

    She spoke some words, I barely heard
    She spoke a little harder.
    Then all at once we were at play
    I had a castle partner.

    We built, we laughed, we played all day
    While sunshine kissed our cheeks.
    Her almond eyes, like crescent moons
    Flashed with golden streaks.

    When twilight came with purple clouds
    I offered her some plumbs.
    Along the dusky beach we strolled
    To watch the first stars come.

    She said her name was Kishiko –
    A young girl from the sea.
    Across the city, she once lived
    By the plants of closed Daichii.

    (19) Her family moved near Plum Tree Hill
    Concerned about the air.
    So many people taking ill,
    It was not safe back there.

    I listened and I understood –
    We heard these things in school.
    As she spoke, the bright full moon
    Turned her eyes to shiny pools.

    I said good night, and home I went.
    Ate my dinner by the stove.
    After, in my bedroom light,
    Polished seashells from the cove.

    From then, each day, till summer’s end
    We played along the sea.
    Besides my shells, a new best friend –
    Kishiko and me.

    One day, my seashells she once saw
    While we drank cola in my room.
    Her eyes grew wide — her smile, too
    Like tulips in full bloom.

    She held these seashells tenderly
    And, in her face I saw
    Such amazement, simple joy
    At such simple things I trawled.

    When I gave her one, she kissed my cheek.
    Shocked, I stood there like a fool.
    But, every single day since then,
    I’ve brought her one at school.

    So, now I’m running late for class.
    Down Plum Tree Hill I fly.
    Fourth grade is going by so fast
    I have to wonder why.

    And, then I think of Koshiko
    Whose seat is next to mine.
    My seashells decorate her desk
    To recall summertime.

    (28) We’ve grown quite close, this passing year
    Classes, lunch, school trips.
    And, the kiss she trades for seashells
    Became kisses on my lips.

    Her hand I held beneath our desks
    Was tender, warm, and sweet.
    Schoolgirl skirt, and pink bare legs
    That stretch to stocking feet.

    But, from her place beside my desk
    Often, lately, she is gone.
    And, though I’m not sure what it is,
    I think that something’s wrong.

    Her eyes which once flashed golden light
    Seem sad and much less warm.
    They look upon my seashells like
    They might shield her from some harm.

    Too, her grip has softened much,
    Her hand’s become so light.
    When I ask what’s wrong, she only says:
    “It will be all right.”

    And, strange new words came in our books
    Like “thyroid,” and “radiation.”
    Much harder spelling tests this year,
    Than before summer vacation.

    Today, I finally get to class
    Before the tardy bells.
    In my backpack, one last gift –
    The last of my seashells.

    (35) But, Kishiko is gone again.
    Absent for a week.
    All day I stare at shell-topped desk.
    When schoolday ends, I seek.

    But no one knew of Kishiko
    Or, just where she might be.
    I ask around, and then I found
    At the hospital was she.

    I take the bus, and how I rush,
    Through hospital hallways.
    I find her room, then in I zoom,
    And, in her bed she lay.

    I shake and almost cry aloud
    To see her in such state
    Small body frail, her face so pail
    All her color did abate.

    Other faces from other places
    Stare as I stare, too.
    Hot tears streak my reddened cheeks,
    As I realize what they knew.

    My teardrop splotches on a note
    She wrote within the night.
    Shaky writing barely reads:
    “Everything will be all right.”

    Into my backpack, I reach in.
    There are no words to say.
    The last seashell, for my beach angel
    My Kishiko passed away.

    Original poetry by:
    Jason N. Kamalie
    No Nukes Action Committee,
    San Francisco & Ohio

  3. says:

    Chizu and the NNA – Another great rally!  Even if the attendants are few, it’s still important and a powerful message.  I watched the video and was glad to see your efforts!Best wishes to the NNA,JasonOhio

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