A report of 10/11/17 Rally * 月例抗議11月集会の事後報告

About 10 people gathered at SF Japanese Consulate yesterday.
The letter to PM Abe was written in Japanese by a peace activist Miho Aida.
Yoko Clark kindly translated it into English.
Please read the letter attached below.
Genta Yoshikawa recorded the rally and put it on Youtube.
Hope see you at next 11/11/17 rally! 
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ナパ、ソノマ一帯の大火事が一向に鎮火できず、SFベイエイリアは灰と煤でどんよりした空気に包まれていました。
その中を約10人ほどが集まり、折しも衆議院選挙の在外投票第一日目でもあって、参加者のうち数人が抗議集会前に投票を済ませる事ができました。
さて、今回の安倍首相への手紙は辺野古や高江に駆けつけ現地の人々や活動家と一緒になって座り込みの抗議をしてきた会田民穂さんが日本語で書き、それをクラークようこさんが英訳いたしました。どうぞ添付の手紙をお読みください。
そして今回も吉川さんがヴィデオで記録してくれました。
それでは次回11月11日に再び日本領事館前でお会いしましょう!

 

written by NNA member Chizu Hamada

 

− letter to Japanese P.M. Abe −


Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,

We gather together here in San Francisco on the 11th of each month, to express our deepest condolences to the many victims of the Tohoku Earthquake catastrophe. We do hope that you, Mr. Abe, will also share our sentiments and actualize a real recovery of the region. It is a universal and deep-felt hope among people to never allow a repeat of the tragedy of Fukushima.

In order to fulfill that goal, it is imperative for Japan to eliminate all of its nuclear reactors, and to develop energy sources that are safe, environmentally benign, and independent of nuclear power. Japan has a grave responsibility in executing this aim, as you must be well aware.

I have an important request for you regarding the most dire responsibility for Japan to undertake. In July, 2018, the current US-Japan Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement will complete its 30 year cycle. The Agreement defined Japan’s relative position to the US as subservient, with Japan carrying out its nuclear power and energy policy as a
vassal nation of the US. This hierarchical framework is exactly the same as that of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. The main reason why Fukushima tragedy is still continuing, why Japan is not able to stop its dependency on nuclear fuel production, and why Japan cannot shut down its nuclear power plants, in spite of hard lessons leaned from the Tohoku disaster, all of these exist because of the existence of the US-Japan Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement.

In the US where I currently live, the Trump administration, which insists on American supremacy, came to power. It is busy trying to strengthen America’s world domination and to subjugate the countries which have been traditionally allied with the US. Because of this thought pattern, I believe that Japan will be taken advantage of and then dumped by the US, as useless. In previous decades, the US had forced Japan to buy nuclear power plants, and then has manipulated Japan’s nuclear industry operations in order to gain enormous profits. The risks have fallen upon the shoulders of the Japanese government and corporations, while the profits have enriched the US corporations. This corrupt system has allowed the US to be free from nuclear disaster responsibility and yet gain enormous profits.

This despicable structure in which Japan is used and abandoned must come to a stop. We implore you, as the Prime Minister of Japan, to take lead in putting an end to this practice. We ask that you cancel the Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement in 2018. Otherwise, the continuation of that Agreement will result in the encouragement of Trump’s American Supremacist ideology, which will, in turn, gravely harm Japan’s peace and security
in the years to come.

As part of your pledge to bring recovery to the Fukushima area, declaring the cancellation of the US-Japan Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement will be the primary item that the disaster victims are longing for. From my perspective of writing here in the US, I hope for your truly courageous decision.

Sincerely,

on October 11, 2017
in San Francisco,
Miho Aida

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日本国総理大安倍首相殿

2017年10月11日

前略、
毎月11日は、東北地方太平洋沖地震によって犠牲となった多くの御霊に深く哀悼の意を表し、そして1日も早い復興を実現させる誓いを、首相が捧げられることをアメリカから期待しております。福島の悲劇を2度と繰り返さないようにと願うのは、万民共通です。そのためには世界から原発をなくし、核に頼らない安全で平和なエネルギー源の確保が求められています。そのために日本が果たすべき責任は重く、首相も十分ご存知かと思います。その日本が果たすべき最も重要な責任について、首相にお願いがあります。

2018年7月には、現行日米原子力協定の30年の有効期間が到来します。この原子力協定は、日米安全保障条約や日米地位協定と同じで、日本という国が米国の属国として、米国の思惑の枠組みの中で原子力をやることを決めたものです。福島の悲劇が今なお続くのも、核燃料サイクルを日本はやめたいと思ってもやめれないのも、東電事故で学んだ教訓を生かして日本から原発をなくすことができないのも、この原子力協定があるからです。

今、私の住むアメリカでは、アメリカ至上主義のトランプ政権が誕生し、アメリカ世界支配の強化、同盟国に対するさらなる従属を求める構造作りがなされています。この構造の中で、日本は今まで以上に利用され、捨てられる立場になると私は考えています。これまでもアメリカは、日本に原子炉を売りつけ、日本の生産ラインを動かし、燃料を売りつけることで莫大な利益を得てきました。危険は日本任せで、利益はアメリカが取るという利用のされ方です。だから事故が起こっても、アメリカは責任を取ることもなく、利益だけを懐に入れることができるのです。利用され捨てられるというこの構造を、一国の首相としてどうにか無くしてください。そのために、2018年には原子力協定を破棄してください。破棄できない場合は、アメリカ至上主義を助長することになり、日本の安全保障に大きな危害を及ぼすことになります。

復興を実現させる誓いのなかで、「2018年には原子力協定を破棄する」という宣言をすることが、犠牲となった多くの御霊が最も望むことだと考えます。勇気あるご決断をぜひ、安倍総理にお願いいたしたく、アメリカから手紙を送らせていただきました。

草々

サンフランシスコ
会田民穂

 

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One Response to “A report of 10/11/17 Rally * 月例抗議11月集会の事後報告”
  1. Jason N. Kamalie says:

    The spirit inside the NNA group is something very special. I was privileged to join their monthly rallies for a while, and I learned so much during that time, and enjoyed each rally. Everybody in this group is special in one way or another. Special, attractive, knowledgeable, enthusiastic. These are activist professionals – and their message is a vital one. I watch them every time I can. And I know I′m not the only one . . .

    Another thorough monthly recap by Chizu.
    ″We still have to stand here to remind you and people that Fukushima disaster is still ongoing.″

    Chizu gave the good news first. Which was that the Chiba district court ruled Tepco has to pay victim evacuees who left because of the Daiichi meltdowns. The legal focus was whether Tepco and the government both had responsibility to protect Fukushima residents, and whether they did everything reasonable possible. A decision late last month found Tepco and the government responsible, but the court dismissed claims against the government. A more recent ruling out of Fukushima held both the Japanese government and Tepco responsible, and that they must pay compensation to victims. The Fukushima court focused on whether the defendants could foresee potential disaster, whether that was preventable, and whether the defendants did what they could to prevent it. The ruling: disaster forseeable, preventable, but wasn′t. Which means that evacuees are entitled to significant and ongoing compensation. Those rulings are under appeal.

    Chizu said, however, that bad news followed good news – indicating plans for restarting another reactor; specifically, the JNRA approved Tepco plan to restart in Kashiwazaki, in Niigata prefecture. Referencing Tepco, reminding the world of Tepco′s unfitness to manage nuclear power, Chizu said, ″They are the company that hid the truth of the meltdown. They didn′t even use the word [meltdown] until May. Tepco lied, and Tepco wasn′t capable of [operating] Daiichi. So, how can the Japanese government give approval to reactivate two reactors? It′s really, really unbelievable.″ Chizu described how the current catastrophe isn′t over . . . that ″the people cannot get close to the melted core. They have to send robots.″ In another important point, Chizu mentioned that the Nobel Peace prize was given to ICAN. ″We are trying to change the world, to take the Abe government down, and to never change our pacifist constitution.″

    Steve Zelter came on like a quiet roll of thunder.

    ″We are here again today to demand that the restarting of Japan′s nuclear reactors be stopped.″ Steve reminded everyone that ″these plants are a great danger to the people of the world.″ He also reminded us of the folly of governmental claims and defenses. ″The government has said that they have decontaminated Fukushima. How can you decontaminate Fukushima when it′s still releasing radioactive material? When there are thousands of tanks of radioactive water?″ Steve did a good job of really pounding that point home – that, essentially, the people of Japan still have a big mess on their hands from the Fukushima meltdown, and, therefore, the futility and foolishness of further trying to restart other reactors.

    In his usual smooth way, Steve highlighted more government folly – this time the U.S. government’s conduct of recent events. ″And, also you have this madman Trump threatening to destroy N. Korea. And, Japan, U.S., and South Korea military jets are surrounding N.K. How does this benefit the people of the world? Steve made the humorous and excellent juxtaposition of this nation′s militarism and antagonism of N. Korea in light of efforts that should be going to rebuild communities devastated by hurricanes, like Puerto Rico, completely destroyed and lacking electricity. ″If we can′t even take care of P.R. and put their economy back in order, how can we talk about . . . destroying North Korea?″ The succinct and apparent conclusion reached by Steve on that point: priorities screwed up. Really screwed up. Steve went on to highlight the ongoing debate about changing the Japanese Constitution, the majority of Japan does not want. Steve highlighted U.S. and Japanese militarization as the motivation; he reminds us that the failing U.S. spends trillions of dollars on warfare. ″We have to put our resources in education, housing, and healthcare.″ ″People in the world have to wake up.″ These recent court decisions requiring people to be compensated is good news. They should be compensated. Solidarity. Stop the nukes now!″ As usual, Steve got people fired up and incensed over dark happenings.

    Sako came as a guest speaker and made a good point.
    ″I really think that we must get together – Japan and American citizens. It is very hard to protest either one [government].″ World citizens together to protest against all world government [in collusion with nuclear industry.]

    It is always nice to see Yoko Clark, whose excellent reading and interpretation was well placed in this rally. She translated the very excellent monthly letter which can be read above. Yoko has made some interesting and insightful points many times in the past.

    Chizu′s closing comments were important. ″I read a very interesting article in the Guardian.″ The article focused on P.M. Abe playing down the severity of the challenge of decomission to win public support, political support. Despite what he said abroad to other nations by which to gain the Olympics, ″Anyone here could see that the situation was not under control.″ Chizu pointed out something that has been rapidly changing over the recent years. ″If people of Abe′s stature repeats something often enough, it becomes accepted as the truth. Lies and lies and lies and lies! And, this from the status of a person of high authority. They said it . . . and, somehow, people believe it as the truth. We are so weak for the authority. But, we know that the government lies now. The government lies, Tepco lies. They′re trying to change our beautiful pacifist constitution.″

    This was another excellent rally which reviewed all the longstanding, important pieces to this complex issue. Tomorrow, a different kind of rally will be held by NNA and others. It′s a rally to honor the life, arts, and work of Dan Marlin, recently passed away. Kind donations presumably accepted at the door on Dan and Toshiko′s behalf, but not required. Dan was an excellent speaker and one third of the talented Core Triad which featured also Chizu and Steve.

    Best wishes, and many thanks, to the NNA.

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