A report of 4/11/18 monthly rally・4/11/18 月例抗議集会の事後報告

I can not help feeling that the Fukushima disaster has been forgotten among many people in the world and even in Japan.
But the Fukushima disaster has not been contained.There are so many problems.
That is the reason we have been standing and voicing at the front of SF Japanese consulate every 11th of month.

Please read the attached sincere letter. Atsuko Uchida wrote to PM Abe at this time.

And Genta Yoshikawa made a video and put it up on the internet.
https://youtu.be/Geyj5nwnOIg

It will be the 70th rally on Friday, 5/11 next month.
We will bring a big cake, so that after protesting is over, we can have “Thank you for joining/supporting our rally” party on the sidewalk. Please join us!

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あと3年経つと、福島の惨事は一昔前のこととなります。だから福島がだんだん忘れ去られていくのでしょうか? そしてそれはとても嘆かわしいことです。福島の惨事を2度と繰り返してはいけないし、犠牲者の皆さんが未だ救われていないからです。政府へ私たちの態度を表明し声を届けなければいけません。

集会は5人で始まり、すぐに3人が加わりましたが、今回はスピークアウトが数人でしたので、4時前には終了しました。

今回、首相への手紙はロスアンゼルス近在の内田敦子さんが書きました。建設的で力強い手紙です。添付を開いてお読みください。

そして今回も吉川さんが録画をインターネットに載せてくれました。
https://youtu.be/Geyj5nwnOIg

福島を忘れないため、福島の現状を見つめるためぜひあなたも月例抗議集会に参加してください。
5月11日(金曜日)は第70回目となるので、大きなケーキと飲み物を用意します。
領事館前の路上で抗議の後は『参加・支援ありがとうパーティー』を計画しています。
(ケーキだけを食べたい人も参加大歓迎です。)

reported by NNA member Chizu Hamada


− Letter to Japanese P.M. Abe −

April 11, 2018

To: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,

As I write this letter to you, I’m pondering how we came to this mess. We definitely need accountability so we won’t repeat the same mistake again. The Fukushima Daiichi accident was not a natural disaster, but it was caused by human errors which could have been prevented if we had the proper preparation in place with correct back-up batteries and clear line of command in case of emergency. Seven long years passed and it’s about time that we all worked together as a civilized nation because we need to take the responsibility of cleaning up the mess. I was a child when nuclear power plants were constructed, but that doesn’t relieve me from these harsh consequences. We, as a nation, ended up allowing the construction; we could not stop it.
Now I’d like to constructively envision what should happen.
We shall demand the Japanese government set up an international committee for removal of melted fuels and decommissioning of all nuclear power plants. Fukushima Daiichi is not Japan’s problem anymore but it has become the world’s problem because the contamination in the ocean is spreading.
We shall demand transparency. Data for illness not only in Fukushima but nationwide, data for radioactive contamination need to be disclosed to the public without falsification so that people can make proper decisions whether or not to leave the unsafe area and to seek necessary medical treatment. Any government agencies that collect data are paid by tax, so the data belong to people who pay tax.
We shall give free medical treatment for life to those evacuees, regardless of voluntary or not, and compensate for their loss of their home, land, job or community so they can rebuild a new life somewhere else. It should be determined by radiation level at the time of the accident, not separate by border of town, city or prefecture.
We shall protect the workers at Fukushima site with labor laws and give them free medical treatment.
We shall keep the unsafe area restricted for decades or hundreds of years if necessary. We shall never force former residents move back to unsafe areas by cutting financial and housing supports. It’s extremely hard for them to lose their home and/or land forever, but it’s for their and future generation’s safety.
We shall educate generations of people about the importance and difficulties of safe storage of radioactive waste, and responsibly maintain necessary tax budget for safe storage.
We shall not have 2020 Tokyo Olympics but shall spend money towards supporting the evacuees. We shall not serve world’s athletes with radioactive water and food, and let them walk on diluted and recycled surface soil once categorized as highly radioactive and removed and stored in bags.
We shall never export nuclear energy technology to other countries. Instead we should be the advocates to ban nuclear weapons and energy. Japan is the only nation that suffered A-bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki AND nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima. After experiencing Chernobyl, Three-Mile Island, and Fukushima, we know that the nuclear energy is not sustainable because of the danger from radiation in case of accident and also high cost of decommissioning and radioactive waste storage.
It saddens me greatly to think that the Fukushima Daiichi accident was taken advantage by a few people in power in order to silence and to control people in Japan and to turn Japan into military state. And who will be the victims if Japan will be involved in war? It will be citizens regardless of their beliefs.
There have been many articles in major U.S. newspapers on the truth about radioactive waste water dumped in the ocean for years, and your administration’s move towards military state, etc. You can find more true information outside Japan, especially about radioactive contamination and increased illness. I’ve read articles published in the U.S. saying that there are calls for you and other key administers to resign due to the  recent new scandal on Moritomo Gakuen.
I’m sincerely concerned that the future of Japan is bleak. But I’m writing this letter to you believing that when individuals get together we can make a difference. It might be a slow change in Japan, but the world is watching and there is more and more pressure from around the world to stop Japan to got to the wrong direction you’re trying to leas into.
We’ll never give up; for our better future.

Atsuko Uchida
Resident in Fullerton, CA

 

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2 Responses to “A report of 4/11/18 monthly rally・4/11/18 月例抗議集会の事後報告”
  1. Jason N. Kamalie says:

    Every NNA rally at the Japanese Consulate is a success. No matter how many show up, or how few — even if just one. If just one person shows up each month, it will mean at least one person in this world is publicly marking and protesting the array of harms that occurred to many innocent people in the Fukushima region, as a result of the meltdowns at Daiichi. If just one person stands in front of the Consulate and protests the treatment of so many people who, through no fault of their own, were forced out of their homes and livelihoods, who were forced into difficult social arrangements, or into worse health conditions — then at least one person bears witness publicly before heaven. More about this later. I’ll comment additionally shortly. For now, congratulations on another rally well done!

  2. Jason Kamalie says:

    Here are some of my thoughts regarding the rally:

    Another great job by everybody. It takes true dedication to be as consistent as this group has been for years. For a short period, I was so proud to come to the monthly rallies — where we shared a great presence protesting outside the Consulate each month. I’m glad to see that has continued and will continue for as long as necessary. Gathering at the Consulate each month, highly organized, with banners, prepared comments and such — the NNA is textbook activism.

    There are parts of the team who work quietly and diligently to keep the NNA functioning visibly. I think of Genta San filming the video each month, then posting to the internet. I think of Kazumi doing various things with the WordPress website. I think of those who show up each and every month who, while they may not speak out always, their strong presence is keenly felt. I think here of Bob, Kazumi, Paul on occasion, and several others.

    Chizu continues to do an excellent job recapping the events of note since the last rally. A lot can happen in a month, and Chizu seems to find all the relevant stuff and developments, then report on these succinctly and clearly. Her monthly recaps are central to the information about what has happened thus far, what is in the works, and what may likely happen. She is an elegant and eloquent MC whose strong presence is the backbone of the protest.

    Steve continues to speak out well. He has some pretty good insight and takes some wonderful angles on the latest news — as well as the not-so-latest news — where it, particularly, involves failing government or Tepco policies, deception related to the problems, care of workers, and the sustenance of evacuees. He finds and circulates the majority of the relevant articles (and some which aren’t so relevant 🙂 ) to the conditions at Fukushima. He’s an excellent speaker and organizer.

    This group has been fortunate to have several excellent letter-writers from all over. Each letter is a poignant recap and demand for improvements to the conditions at Fukushima. Sam Kanno has written on occasion from Southern California, and has also let the chants with a solemn tone. Yoko Clark has been a visible and potent activist with the group as well. I miss seeing and talking with all of these.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the rally’s attendance. Numbers may fluctuate, but the message is eternal. I hope that more and more will join the group as more information about what’s happening in Fukushima becomes known. It’s a serious situation over there, and I wonder how much worse it might be without the NNA’s involvement.

    The NNA is improving things in Fukushima and throughout Japan. I firmly believe that, but for the group’s protests monthly at the Consulate, even more nuclear plants would have been restarted, and other abuses by the government (Secrecy and Conspiracy Laws) might not have been known. Steve has been an ardent supporter of workers’ rights cleaning up the plants in Fukushima.

    Overall, I, and many people around the world, have supported the NNA and will continue to. All it takes is for one person to see this website, then tell another person about it. Then two more might look at the situation and news from Fukushima, and then tell two others. Then words of that gets back to San Francisco, and others start to attend the rallies or send financial support. That’s how these things sometimes work. For my part, I hold this group in high esteem and with something like affection. I appreciate the good work you do month after month and I know it’s being noted around the world.

    Best wishes for continued success. If and when I’m able to provide financial support, I will do as I can in the circumstances.

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