Report from 10/11/18 NNA Rally・10月11日NNA抗議集会報告

About a dozen of people have attended on the 75th NNA Monthly Rally.
Among several speakers, there were Sharat G.Lin of San Jose Peace and Justice Center, Anti-Nukes activist Jan Boudart from Chicago and Puerto Rican labor activist Ricardo Ortiz.
For the details, please watch the video which was taken by Genta Yoshikawa.

The letter to PM Abe was written by Tsukuru(Misako) Lauritzen of LA. She started to write this letter in August and collected the endorsements from about 60 people. The letter was read loud by Toshiko Watanabe.

Thank you for supporting our NNA Rally!

スピークアウトは、8月5日に広島の国際反核集会で、広島、長崎に戦争犯罪の原子爆弾を落としたことをアメリカ国民としてまず謝って、素晴らしいスピーチをしたSharat Linさん、シカゴ の反核活動家Jan Boudart さん、プエルトリコからの労働活動家Ricardo Ortizさんと多様な角度からありました。

大阪の反原発グループGO WEST COME WESTさんが、南相馬市立病院の患者数の詳細、メルトダウン以前と以降の6年間の推移を示した貴重な資料を送ってくれました。




written by NNA member Chizu Hamada

letter to Japanese P.M. Abe

Tsukuru (Misako) Lauritzen 3773 South Barrington Avenue, Apt. 7 Los Angeles, California 90066 U.S.A.
October 11, 2018
Mr. Shinzo Abe Prime Minister’s Office of Japan 1-6-1 Nagata-cho Tokyo, JAPAN 100-8968

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

As the Japanese government pour trillions of yen into preparation for the 2020 Olympics, we are concerned that very little progress is being made to ensure the security of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and that very little attention is given to protect the health and dignity of Fukushima residents and evacuees.

Recently three news, as they relate to the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crises, caught the attention of the International Community.

First: Termination of free temporary housing for evacuees from “difficult-to-return” areas, scheduled for March 2020.

Second: Proposed release of tritium-tainted water currently stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean

Third: Deliberate disregard for health and safety of workers hired to decontaminate the damaged plant; many of them migrant workers, foreign trainees, asylum seekers, and people who were homeless.

These reports shocked and angered many of us who are concerned about human rights of citizens of every nation and the health of this planet. The government’s job is to make sure that every citizen has an access, means, and resources to live a safe, secure, and abundant life. It is the government’s responsibility to respect and protect the rights of all foreigners who reside in Japan, regardless of their nationality or status. Apparently, the Japanese government is failing to fulfill its responsibilities.

Other news from Fukushima deeply concern us as well. There has been more than 200 reported cases of thyroid cancer among Fukushima children. However, prominent figures in medical profession in Japan still deny the correlation between the nuclear accident and a higher rate of cancers in and around Fukushima. The Fukushima prefectural government is pushing to do away with thyroid cancer screenings currently offered in schools and radiation monitoring stations in public areas. Japan’s Environmental Ministry has approved the plan to re-use Fukushima’s radiated soil in agricultural land all over Japan. What are the Japanese government’s intentions behind all of these? It seems as if you believe you can make things disappear by concealing, denying, or falsifying facts.

But erasing 30,000+ evacuees from statistics by declaring unsafe areas “safe,” eliminating their housing subsidies, and forcing them to return to their home still contaminated with dangerous levels of radiation neither makes contamination disappear or ends people’s suffering. I know an elderly gentleman who is being sued for refusing to vacate his subsidized housing. A mother who fell ill due to a high stress of having to deal with the subsidies being cut. She took her own life, because she could no longer work and support herself and her college-age daughter; she figured her daughter would be better off without her.

Meanwhile, six nuclear reactors are in operation in Japan, including the one within 30 miles of my hometown where my aging mother lives. The area is known for numerous islands and bountiful ocean life. All of that would be destroyed, if anything should happen. Whatever happened to the old Japanese way of life, respecting and coexisting with nature? Have we become a heartless nation who abandons our own and turns our back on the weakest, poorest, most disadvantaged among us?

On August 8, 2018, as we gathered in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California, to remember the nuclear atrocities committed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 73 years ago, concerned citizens with and without ties to Japan and 15 peace, human and environmental rights advocacy groups and organizations in California all signed onto this letter together to call on the government of Japan to take immediate actions to protect and restore the dignities of all who have been victimized by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident and its aftermaths.

Our demands are as follows:

〇Reduce the acceptable annual exposure level in Fukushima-impacted areas to a maximum of 1 mSv/year, which would reflect the international standard;

〇Provide funding for relocation, housing, employment, education and other essential support needed by those who chose to evacuate, stay or return to any area where radiation exceeds 1mSv/year;

〇 Conduct annual comprehensive health check-ups for residents and former residents of areas most affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Provide free access to the highest level of physical and mental healthcare services;

〇Continue providing radiation monitoring stations (“monitoring posts”) in public places, so accurate reading of radiation levels in the affected areas are visible and readily available to the public;

〇Ensure safe and secure storage of radioactive soil. Establish temporary storage facilities away from residential areas and farmlands. Prohibit the use of contaminated soil in public works projects and farms;

〇Ensure the health and safety of workers who work in any Fukushima Daiichi-related facilities and decontamination projects, including subcontractors and foreign workers. Legally require employers to provide full disclosures of possible risks of working in these facilities and projects prior to the start of an employment. Make it a legal obligation of employers to guarantee an access to routine medical examination to all workers, regardless of their employment status;

〇Ensure a responsible management of radioactive water in the Fukushima Daiichi facilities to prevent it from further polluting land and ocean in the surrounding area.


Tsukuru (Misako) Lauritzen, Fukushima Support Committee, Los Angeles, California
Michael Lindley, Veterans for Peace Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Kathleen Hernandez, MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Chizu Hamada, No Nukes Action, Berkeley, California
Denise Duffield, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Jane Swanson, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, San Luis Obispo, California
Jonathan Oldfather, Social Justice Center of Marin/Marin Peace and Justice Coalition, California
David Monkawa, Progressive Asian Network for Action, Los Angeles, California
Sabina Virgo, SoCal 350 Climate Action, Los Angeles, California
Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR), Los Angeles, California
Nikkei Progressives, Los Angeles, California
Answer Los Angeles, John Prysner, Los Angeles, California
Jerry Rubin, Friends of Chain Reaction, Santa Monica, California
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Lydia Ponce, AIM (American Indian Movement) So Cal
Miki Bay, Irvine, California
Isamu Kanno, Pacoima, California
Miho Aida, San Francisco, California
Fred and Cathe Norman, San Leandro, California
Yumi Murakami, Helsingfors, Finland
Johan R von Willebrand, Helsingfors, Finland
Linda Seeley, San Luis Obispo, California
Yoko Clark, Berkeley, California
Rin Colabucchi, West Hollywood, California
Keiko Bonilha Oda, Torrance, California
Johann Hassan, Los Angeles, California
Jill ZamEk, Arroyo Grande, California
Steve Zeltzer, San Francisco, California
Lauren von Bernuth, Los Angeles, California
Orane Sharpe, Los Angeles, California
Patrick Bonner, Los Angeles, California
Jon Krampner, Los Angeles, California
Mathilda D., Los Angeles, California
June Hibino, Los Angeles, California
Ayumi Kuriki, Los Angeles, California
Kathy Masaoka, Los Angeles, California
David Dang, Los Angeles, California
Mo Nishida, Los Angeles, California
Mark Masaoka, Los Angeles, California
Kiara Lee, Los Angeles, California
Yuji Kaneko, Huntington Beach, California
Eleni Earth, Los Angeles, California
Merian Gordon, Los Angeles, California
Toku Nishimae, New York, USA/Tokyo, Japan
Yukio Okuno, Los Angeles, California
Reggie Wong, Torrance, California
Makoto Higashiyama, Los Angeles, California
Atsuko Uchida, Fullerton, California
Beverly Findley-Kaneko, Huntington Beach, California
Janice Yen, Los Angeles, California
Marcy & Randall Tamayai, Agoura Hills, California
Patti Nagano, Los Angeles, California
Hiromi May Hayashi, Los Angeles, California
Alex Bay, Irvine, California
Taiji Miyagawa, Los Angeles, California
Edna Horiuchi, Los Angeles, California
Frances Motiwalla, Los Angeles, California
Martha Matsuoka, Los Angeles, California
Andrea Aguilar, Playa Vista, California



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2 Responses to “Report from 10/11/18 NNA Rally・10月11日NNA抗議集会報告”
  1. Jason says:

    Another tremendous rally, excellent speak-out against the dangers of nuclear energy and imperialism.  Jason Ohio

  2. Jason Kamalie says:

    “We are standing here. Again. And, again.”

    This brief sentiment encapsulates the persistent stance of the No Nukes Action Committee in fighting for truth, justice, safety of the Japanese people, the care of Fukushima refugees, and many other crucial issues. Spoken by a small band of heroes with big hearts, and voices that carry across the ocean . . . across the universe. Here in front of the Japanese Consulate again at the appointed day each month, they demonstrate the commitment to, and longstanding care of, the magnificent people and land of Japan. These are the true patriots.

    Chizu opened with another brief, but detailed, recap of the current situation in Fukushima. She restated the basic aims of the NNA, and why there exists the need to gather, again and again, in front of the Japanese Consulate each month. The NNA remains committed against: nuclear power plants, restarting those plants in Japan, nuclear weapons, and militarism. Chizu pointed out again, which Steve will echo a little later, that the Japanese government has been lying to the people of Japan, and to the world. Biggest of all is the lie that the Daiichi plants and Fukushima have been decontaminated, that the disaster of years ago is contained, under control. Also, put forward is the untruth that there is no risk of harm. Much of this said for preparation for the 2020 Olympics. Chizu pointed out that Abe wants to get rid of all shame related to Fukushima related to his government and Tepco’s failures and refusal toward accountability.

    Chizu makes an excellent point that, in Japan, lots of money has been earmarked for the Olympics, and for weapons, but shouldn’t those funds be allocated to victims of the Fukushima disaster, displaced and affected against their will? Evacuees are still having lots of difficulties, health issues, problems for children. The ongoing problems aren’t widely known, situation mostly forgotten. And, the NNA stands to remind the world that those problems, the poor people affected by them, are still facing great difficulties.

    Steve took the microphone for a bit thereafter to protest govt. policy to force evacuees and children to return to Fukushima. Steve reiterated that the NNA stands against any claims of decontamination. How can the area be decontaminated when the radioactive nuclear rods are still not recovered from the plant? It’s a lie by government denialists, and the corporate establishment by which to deny current responsibility for what happened, and to misstate current harms. A prime example is Tepco editing testimony about the disaster.

    There is a joint, mad plan hatched by Tepco and the Japanese government to release tritium water into ocean – which amounts to criminality. It affects other countries. But, the Abe government really doesn’t care whether such an action affects other nations. Steve referenced old power plants, their dangers. Then, the reference of the arrests of an activist in Japan – a woman Fukushima activist refugee – to silence talk about dangers of radiation. Trump wants to sell military weapons to Japan, when Japanese funds are better directed at citizenry, especially evacuees, for food, medicines, seniors. Steve also referenced the ridiculousness of spending money on Olympics, in the face of this injustice to evacuees.

    Steve indicated that Japan has tremendously hot, sunny weather. Solar power could thrive. Considering global warming, typhoons, and such — can we consider the other lies put out by corporate and government collusion that denies the reality of climate change? We’re not going to be silent, not going to allow repression of protest against harms of nuclear energy.

    Steve referenced another “great” plan of Abe – spread the pain. Spread nuclear waste around Japan, diluting it. This is, Steve says, the indications of dangerous, criminal, madmen. Even multiple former prime ministers are against nuclear power. How many nuclear accidents can an island like Japan afford? Where can people go if there’s another nuclear accident? Protests are required against such threats. The U.S. — Japan military treaty to “protect” Japan is a farce. And, it was this occupation protested by Fumiaki hoshino, who was imprisoned under dubious process decades ago. Trump and Abe are threatening the health and safety of their people, and the world.

    Chizu then presented a piece by Go West/Come West concerning cancer information, related to before and after Daiichi disaster. Amazing cancer stats pre and post accident. Adult thyroid cancer increased by 29 times, Leukemia, 11 times. Lung cancer increased 4.2 times, child cancer 4 times, pneumonia increased 4 times, liver cancer by 4 times, colon cancer 3 times, stomach cancer 2.2 times. If true, these are astronomical increases. Not to mention, the stress diseases/impairments – derived from people living in temporary housing, older folks, depressed people. These increased disease/ailments include more incidents of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke increased 3.5 times higher. Meanwhile, the government has been saying don’t worry, no health risk. Abe and company have been working to distract the public from this via 2020 Olympics. Chizu reported that the Ikata nuclear plant restart was stopped by higher court injunction, but that injunction lifted, permitting the possibility of a restart. The good news: Denny Tamaki won in Okinawa, and will work to remove U.S. military presence in Okinawa.

    Mr. Sharat Lin from the San Jose Center for Peace and Justice spoke next. He was recently in Japan commemorating the bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki. He had attended various events that memorialized the bombings and offered an apology on behalf of U.S. The central message in all these events was to abolish nuclear weapons. Fukushima is related to this directly because of nuclear power and the grave risk to human life because of dangers. Nuclear plants in Japan were shut down but have been slowly reactivated. Stoppage has been good for Japan because it makes Japan be more efficient (proof that Japan does not need nuclear power). U.S. presence in Asia is an ongoing problem, resulting in tensions on Korea peninsula which create risk of war. Japanese citizens, particularly Japan workers groups, take the stance against creep to militarism. U.S. has 54,000 troops in Japan, regarded in the past as an occupation. Sharat references political Prisoner Hoshino, framed for killing a police officer. U.S. is imperialist in many ways in establishing bases, but also, agreements extracted from host nations, including Japan, which make troops immune to Japanese law for criminal proceedings. Working class in Japan have said we don’t want to amend article 9.

    Jan Boudart – Urges contact of u.s. senators, and local leaders, to disapprove House bill 3053, which passed the HOR, related to transport of nuclear waste interstate.

    Ricardo Ortiz spoke next. He’s a disabled veteran activist, providing perspective on militarism. Mr. Ortiz reminded of current political trends as they relate to history, specifically, Japan, an ally of the U.S., is an imperialist nation alongside the U.S. Ricardo reminds of getting U.S. bases/presence out of PR. Japanese imperialist government polices are protested in Japan, and Ricardo spent a few moments remembering Hoshino. Japan is an accomplice in U.S. imperialist policies against the orient. Japan has always supported imperialist policies and actions. Military occupation by the U.S. in Okinawa. U.S. criminal power, japan govt. accomplice. Workers party, socialist revolution, or capitalism will destroy us.

    Kazumi took the microphone next and read a letter from Mr. Watanabe Go West/Come West which sought solidarity from Osaka Japan. All included are against plan to release tritium waters at Fukushima. Let’s fight together.

    Tsukuru’s letter was read by Toshiko San.

    This was another impassioned, informative rally which must surely have rocked various government actors to the core. A great job, by great people. Who stand in front of corrupt practices calling government to account. Again. And, again.

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