Report of 8th Anniversary Fukushima meltdown & 78th Monthly rally・8周忌福島3.11&第78回月例抗議集会事後報告

3/11/19, has marked the 8th anniversary Fukushima catastrophe.
The meltdown disaster is still ongoing, and many of victims are still suffering.
All who attended this rally knew the problems.
Thank you, people, who attended!

We collected more than a dozen letters to PM Abe.
People who attended the rally read their own letters and some letters which are written by people who couldn’t attend. Thank you, people who wrote a letter!
(please see the lower part for the letters.)

Please see the details of rally by the video Genta Yoshikawa recorded.

Thank you for supporting NNA and for understanding what’s happening in and around Fukushima now!
See you again on Thursday, April 11 at SF Japanese consulate!





スカイプでの、ベルギー監督Alain de HaleurさんとのQ&Aも興味深いものでした。


written by NNA member Chizu Hamada


– Letter to Japanese Prime Minister Abe –

内閣総理大臣 安倍首相殿

To Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,                                                                                                                   3-11-2019



佐々木佳継 京都市左京区在住

Japan at one point in history was the beacon of sanity regarding the nuclear question. Unfortunately it came as the result of the American bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since that time the world has watched its backwards descent away from leadership and moral conscience regarding nuclear power. Fukushima was the wake up call not only for Japan but also for the World. It is now confronted with the question of acknowledging the Meltdown with all its repercussions and consequences to the World, facing its responsibilities to its inhabitants, and closing the Tokyo Olympics for the safety of the World.
It can once again be the Light of Conscience for a world so lost that it would place profit before human existence. Yes, it is an existential question. May Japan regain its place among nations as a Guide towards a livable planet.

Bob Gorringe  19 Knollview Way, San Francisco, CA. USA

I sincerely hope that there’ll be a worldwide boycott of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, both by spectators and athletes, to make it a total fiasco for PM Abe’s ongoing agenda of causing potential life threatening health consequences to the Japanese people and the visitors.

Bo Svensson  Santa Rosa, CA

I hope convince you that nuclear power plants in Japan should not be reopened. Climate disruption is a problem in your country as well as ours.
Can Nuclear withstand Climate Change?
1a. Summer: Here is a list of instances when the operation of nuclear plants in the U.S.Europe and was impaired by heat and drought. 2012: Vermont Yankee, 4 times; Perry (Ohio), once; Braidwood, NRC approved to raised cooling pond temp. to 102ºF. 1988: Dresden and Quad Cities, reduced to 60%capacity. 2003: Spain shut down all itʼs NPPs, France and Germany some of theirs. 2006: Prairie Island MN went to 54%; Quad Cities, Dresden & Monticello reduced output, Donald C Cook MI shut down for heat wave. 2008 TVA nukes reduced by ⅓, Browns Ferry AL shut down. 2009 France NPP output reduced by ⅓. 2011 Browns Ferry reduced output to 50%.
1b. Winter: During the polar vortex of 2018, Salem in NJ, automatically shut down because frazil ice blocked the cooling-water intake. The shutdown was automatic but expensive and during the time of most need.

Nuclear produces a great deal of CO₂ for daily operations;
It also pollutes air, water and soil with radioactive isotopes.
Here are some ways NPPs pollute air, soil, and water with CO₂ and radiation.

  • The mining and milling (to produce yellow cake) of ore produces CO₂ like any such process with the added danger to the miners of radioactive ores and dust being breathed and handled by workers*. Also a spill, only 110 days after the Three Mile Island accident, of radioactive mill tailings at Church Rock NM, released a quantity of radioactivity comparable to Chernobyl.
  • As in any such process, CO₂ gets into the air and soil from transport exhaust. But radioactive fuel involves a chemically polluting refining process (often carried out in Metropolis IL**) to turn it into UF₆, a liquid/gas.
  • 3-5% U²³⁵ fuel is formed into pinky finger-sized pellets and placed in a slender, zirconium-alloy tube. All of this, the pellet-producing process and manufacture of the tube requires expenditure of energy — mostly from fossil fuels.
  • About 18 months later the fuel rods are swapped out for new ones, and the old are placed in a boron-laced liquid pool for cooling (they are much more radioactive than the original fuel, producing prodigious quantities of heat). Cooling the pool is one of the major concerns of every nuclear power plant. Circulating pumps are required at all times — using more electricity.
  • Now the unsolved problem of spent-fuel storage trumps all deals. Howsoever the spent-fuel problem is resolved — Hardened On-Site Storage (recommended), centralized interim storage facility (CIS or CIFS) or eventual DGR — resources and energy will go into how the storage casks or transport casks are manufactured and handled.

Prime Minister Abe, please think about the overall picture of nuclear power, from the beginning of the fuel cycle to the, so far, intractable problem of storing HighLevel-Radioactive-Waste. Consider the permanent effect on us, our children, grandchildren and future posterity.

Jan Boudart, Nuclear Energy Information Service

On this, the eighth anniversary of the Great Earthquake that devastated Japan and caused a nuclear catastrophe that is still going on these eight years later with no end in sight, I write again to urge you to shut down your dangerous nuclear program and embrace a strategy of renewable power and conservation to address your energy needs.
You may believe you have the odds on your side; that another catastrophe of this enormity could never hit again. But, does lightning never strike twice in the same place? It does if it is drawn there, as by a lightning rod. Japan is like a lightening rod, likely to spawn many more large earthquakes within the time frame of the radioactive dangers posed. If there is another event rivaling Fukushima, you will have no right to call it an “accident”.
I urge you to explore ways to meet your needs without the threat of more events that will further cripple your economy. Japan has a wealth of sea breezes and tidal currents that could be used, and her volcanic activity might provide opportunity for geyser turbines. With the prospects of a “Green New Deal” making investment in renewable power a priority, now is the time to move forward and do the right thing.
Please, if you will look, you will find ways to do this. I urge you, hoping it is not
already too late.

Don Eichelberger
Abalone Alliance Safe Energy Clearinghouse
2940 16wx St., #310 San Francisco, CA 94103

As the leader of the nation, the nationʼs health and wellbeing should be your top priority. Japan is unwell. Environmentally, huge areas of Japan remain contaminated with radioactive substances. Under your administration, not only have the oceans continued to be polluted with radiation from Fukushima, the marine life in Okinawa is now being damaged by the construction of the US military base in Henoko. Part of Japan are permanently destroyed. Your people are unwell. Childhood thyroid rates are still increasing. The displaced people from Fukushima are living substandard lives. They will never get their lives back but you are cutting off their compensation. TEPCO and Japan owes it to them forever, because their situation will last forever.

The rest of the world is committing to renewable energy. Here in California, the last operating nuclear power plant will shut down its reactors in 2024 and 2025, to be replaced by renewables. Even in Japan, major corporations are supporting renewable energy, local governments are shifting towards renewables and society is moving towards a nuclear free future. Japan should be one of the leaders of this  wave. Instead, you are not even a follower but trying to take the country back, to a dark past.

On this 8th anniversary of the start of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster I implore you once again. Please make the disaster — itʼs conclusion, the recovery of the area and restitution for all those affected — your top priority. Do not force evacuees back to contaminated areas. Continue to compensate for damages. Cancel the Tokyo Olympics. Stop the construction of American military bases in Japan. Get Japan back on track for a more forward-looking energy policy.

Carole Hisasue
Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County

We are here today in front of SF Japanese Consulate General to mourn the 8wx anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. The whole meltdown calamity is far from being resolved. The melt down nuclear rods have been spewing radioactive material into the atmosphere, ground, and the ocean. The holding tanks for nuclear-contaminated water are almost exceeding full capacity; contaminated debris in plastic bags have nowhere to go, piling up in the landscape.

Childhood thyroid cancer cases have exceeded 200. Your government, however, keeps saying that this childhood thyroid epidemic has nothing to do with the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Who in the right mind would believe you?

Recently you have published grade school and high school reading materials to inculcate children into believing that nuclear power plants are safe. This brainwashing of the children is most horrendous. After secrecy law, conspiracy law, and then trying to alter the principle of Japan’s peace constitution, you think you have a omnipotent free hand to manipulate the brains of grade school and high school kids. This attempt is another atrocious act following all your other heinous deeds.

Mothers with children stricken with thyroid cancer cannot discuss freely about its likely cause with the doctors, because doctors are in fear of treading outside of what secrecy law will deem violation of the law.
I mourn for former residents forced back to still contaminated areas, with 20 mSv/yr exposure when only 1 mSv/yr the internationally accepted number.

According to the new report, the number of Minami-soma population has shown a drastic reduction–they are dying at a higher rate than any place in Japan. The rate of illness among the residents sored after 3/11/2011. No doubt many returners, majority elderlies, die of loneliness, no family members around them, losing hope to go on in life. I am shocked by your total disregard to your citizen’s health and wellness.

As a Japanese living overseas, I am saddened and in disbelief about how you handled Fukushima disaster.

I’d like to call on your conscience and implore for you to have a courage expected of a prime minister of Japan.
It’s not too late.
You can change energy course of Japan from restarting nuclear power plants forever, to a future of renewable, sustainable, and clean energy.

Yoko Clark

あの時 福島に居た人たちは皆 政府のやる事言う事は信じられないと身をもって経験した。
”ああ 国は私たちを見捨てるつもりなんだ。”
見た目にはいつもと変わらない きれいな青空を見上げてそう思ったあの日を私はずっと忘れられない。
いったい何のために。お婆ちゃんが 若い人たちの避難の足手まといになるから”私は天国へ避難します”と言って自分の命を絶たなければならなかったのか。この先永遠に放射能汚染された作物しかできなくなった農地に絶望し首を吊った農家の主。繋がれたまま空腹で木の柱までかじって餓死した牛たち。危うく飲み込まれそうになった津波から命辛々逃げた途端 息をつく間もなく瓦礫と化した東京電力福島第一原子力発電所の放射能汚染からの避難生活の日々を強いられた家族。彼たちはもう福島には帰って来ない。

根本 和美   Oakland, CA ( evacuee from Fukushima)


マサコ ウエダ  カリフォルニア州オークランド在住

If you have any respect left for the nation of Japan, the people of Japan, the office of Prime Minister, and yourself, I urge you to resign immediately.

You have failed to do your job, which is to protect the best interests of ordinary citizens of Japan. You have betrayed their trust repeatedly. You continue to put their lives at risk. Your government has created a pattern where the poor is made poorer, the powerless is forced to remain silent, while the rich is made richer, and those in power get free rein to do whatever they please.

Open your eyes and see the sorrow of families and communities broken in Fukushima. Hear the cries of elderlies who have worked so hard to create a comfortable life for themselves and lost it all because of the man-made nuclear disaster of the Fukushima Daiichi.

Your legacy is Nuclear Refugees who have been abandoned by their own country.
It is farmers who have lost their livelihood. Children who cannot say where they are from. Mothers who cry future. And so many who have taken their own lives out of despair.

Shame on you.

It is about time that the nation of Japan chooses a leader who can act steadfastly to shut down all nuclear power plants and lead the nation of Japan into a nuclearfree future. As the nation bombed twice by nuclear weapons, we have the responsibility to actively pursue and advocate nuclear disarmament.

Tsukuru Fors Lauritzen
3773 South Barrington Avenue, Apt. 7
Los Angeles, California 90066

I donʼt have any expectation for better Japan as long as you are running the office. I totally lost hope that youʼll do the decent job for this country.
You donʼt care about people of Fukushima who still need supports and helps, you donʼt understand majority of Okinawa people who wish not to have American military base. Also you are ignorant about danger of Nuclear power plant.
You donʼt know many things and you are pretending to be the best friend of Donald Trump….
After all you are the worst prime minister of Japan I know of.

sarasa weinstein
Oakland California

Titles fade away.
The cloak of power – wide, strong –
Is tomorrowʼs rag.

Not for everybody, of course. Sometimes there is a Good king who lasts.
But, are you one such person? Seems unlikely.

Soon, you will no longer be Prime Minister. Soon, you will go back to being who you were in the Second grade at school, and in the Fourth grade. Soon, you will return to the identity you always were, to the identity you had long before you first took government office. You were Shinzo then, you are Shinzo now. You will be Shinzo on the day your ancestors gather you to them. You are presently a soul bearing a human face, dressed in a little brief authority so that all in Heaven might see what good you did, in your gift of time, to help your fellow countrymen, and the great nation of Japan.

Shinzo, did you help the poor, or did you sustain the rich? Did you work in Truth and Light to fight the ills of Japan, or did you scheme with those who are corrupt and inept to gain more money or prominence? Did you help Mother Earth – she who has given everything to you and to humanity – or did you harm her with your initiatives, with your profit-seeking?

In the single greatest opportunity of your tenure, how did you react, what initiatives did you take, to combat the harms of the Fukushima disaster, and the meltdowns of the Daiichi nuclear plants? On the 8th anniversary of those meltdowns, no matter what good you might do going forward, history MUST record that as of today:

(1) You have not maintained a hard line against the dangers of nuclear power in Japan. On the contrary, your government has worked to open those which have been shut down for the safety, and according to the will, of the Japanese people.

(2) For those unfortunate souls uprooted by Tepcoʼs ineptness, your meager provisions to them you allowed to expire. You have demanded these people return to radiation-soaked zones. Your government has permitted a false perception of safety by claiming the areas have been cleaned, and raising the allowable radiation limits.

(3) Neither you or any other coward in the Diet, or in your party, have moved to Fukushima and lived in such an area yourselves to prove the claims of safety.

(4) Instead, your government has enacted secrecy and conspiracy laws to stop Japanese people from learning or talking about what is really happening there.

(5) Your government has failed thus far to effectively clean up Fukushima. Thyroid cancers and other ills have spread among evacuees, in the face of your denials.

(6) Your government has spent obscene amounts of money on advertising for the Olympics rather than dedicate that money to caring for and retraining evacuees into career development and job opportunities.

This is the record apparent to all of us watching. What will you do, in whatever time you have remaining, to repair the damage done? One day soon you will be Shinzo again, called to account for your time and opportunity.

Jason N. Kamalie
Juneau, Alaska

I live in Oakland, CA. Ocean currents and winds from Fukushima Daiichi come directly to our coast. Prior to the tsunami and earthquake of March 11, 2011, the radiation readings on my Radex counter were .05 mcg or .06. Since then, they have been more like .11-.13. If irradiated water is released from the storage tanks on the site, I’m sure the reading will jump up higher. I implore you not to allow this water to be released into the ocean. 
Also, you are bringing more and more reactors on line. Japan is crisscrossed with earthquake faults, and in the path of supertyphoons, which are getting worse as global warming proceeds. You are putting your own population, and the rest of us, at risk by continuing to activate these old reactors. 
One more thing: you are holding the 2020 Summer Olympics near Fukushima; some events right in the province. You say the radiation levels are safe, but you have raised the safety level 20-fold. Also, there are many hot spots. Are these clearly marked? The metabolism and breathing rate of athletes is several times that of people at rest, so the exposure of these young heroes will be high. Is this fair to them and their families? I ask you to move all events away from any area that has a reading above .05 mcg, and again, put danger signs on all radioactive locations, no matter how small- eg, leaking bags holding radioactive soil.

Carol S. Wolman, MD
CA Lic. #G17507
Board Certified in Psychiatry

2267 people have died (by official recognition) up to today because of the
Fukushima meltdown catastrophe.
And for 8 years, the death total has been increasing each year.
Clearly the evacuees and victims are losing their hopes to live.
And their health are declining by being exposed to radiation.

It is your duty to make sure this disaster never happens again,
and to make sure all victims have safe and healthy lives.

But you haven’t done that.

First of all, you should not have restarted any nuclear power plants after the 3/11 meltdown disaster.
There are 9 reactors being operated in Japan today with a danger of the earthquake, volcanic eruption and huge typhoons.
You must see that the nuclear power energy is the failed technology and itʼs dangerous and expensive.
We must go on from the nuclear energy to the sustainable energy.

Second of all, you have not treated the victims as human beings.
You must help victims, but you have cut their compensations,
and leave the children in irradiated areas.
You are pushing people to go back to areas that are not safe to live.

And you have lied to the world that Fukushima is under control to invite Tokyo Olympic.
Is Japan still under the declaration of nuclear emergency, isnʼt it?

Please do not hide the severity of the Fukushima meltdown, and please fulfill your duties in a humane way!

Chizu Hamada
Berkeley CA


( The order of the letters is by receiving.)


One Response to “Report of 8th Anniversary Fukushima meltdown & 78th Monthly rally・8周忌福島3.11&第78回月例抗議集会事後報告”
  1. Jason Kamalie says:

    I thought I’d depart my usual format for commenting on the NNA monthly rally, which gathers in front of the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, to offer a few of my thoughts on the general efforts and progress of the No Nukes Action Group (NNA) in light of the 8th Anniversary of the Daiichi nuclear plant meltdowns in Fukushima. Although I’m a little late this month to comment, the timing might actually be pretty good as the next monthly rally will occur in just a few days on April 11th. So, my thoughts are, in no particular order:

    (1) The efforts and dedication of the NNA. These are second to none. If visitors to the NNA website could only peek in at the monthly rallies across the years to watch this small, dedicated band of heroes stand up against Tepco, the Japanese Government, and against nuclear power and weapons generally, you would see just how difficult and lonely this brand of activism really is at times. When a topic is currently hot on the public radar, when the causes find their way into news broadcasts and local media, when the fans of the cause are many, being involved with protests can be exciting and fun. It’s easy to feel good about it, like being part of an activist group is doing your part for improving the world, for doing good. You feel pumped up and effective.

    But, what happens when your cause starts to fade away within the public view, within the media, within the interest of even those supporters who once swelled the ranks of your protests? What happens when you belong to a group whose numbers have dwindled year by year, whose cause has passed away in the public view? Sure, it’s easy to be an activist when the cause is popular, when the media points the way to society’s interest, when there’s energy and enthusiasm because of the cause’s visibility. What about afterwards, though, during those long lonely years when you’re still standing up for what’s right, but often standing alone, long after other people have thrown in the towel? What happens when people no longer seem to care, when interest in the issue wanes and new issues arise within the public’s attention to take the place of the old ones? What happens when people largely don’t care about your problem any longer? Does it mean the problem, the issue you stand against, no longer exists?

    Of course not! The problem is still there. Somebody still must be the vanguard, the sentinel, the activist who continues to warn an uninterested public about the dangers still lurking or even expanding, the potential harm to come. It can be a very lonely, frustrating experience to gather each month to speak out, to shout protests, to continue the good work to warn the public against something like Fukushima, only to have people pass you by without so much as a glimpse, unmoved, while your own numbers dwindle. That’s when many groups fold, when they shrug their shoulders and fade away.

    Not so with the NNA. Not by a longshot. Like the great nation of Japan herself, The NNA and its core members are resilient and steadfast. The group has been meeting for years, on the 11th day each month, in nice weather or torrential downpours, with many members attending, or just a scattered few, led by the “hard core” group of Chizu, Steve, Kazmi, Genta, and formerly Dan, whose presence is greatly missed. Other regulars include Kazmi and Umi (?) who tend the website, Don, Yoko, Samu, Carole, author Cecile Penida, Bob, Paul, Sarasa, and many others who contribute or attend at varying times to speak out and add their unique perspectives. When you see the yellow and red banners flying near the Japanese Consulate in downtown San Francisco, when you see the great white Banner claiming “Respect Life,” when you see the Speak Out group and a one-man film crew gathered around the doors of a building they’ve been thrown out of multiple times – for simply daring to tell the truth – you will have caught a glimpse of what surely must be one of the most important, unheralded groups of all-time. History will likely record the names of these when all is said and done.

    (2) The present state of the situation, and of the activism. I’ve said many times the NNA is a model for textbook activism who can be learned from and whose method can be applied to just about any cause. These are professionals. Everyone has his/her own job, interests, families and activities outside of the NNA, yet each takes the time to coordinate, meet, and speak out each month – particularly the “Hardcore Group” comprised of Chizu, Steve, and various others who step in at times to fill spots and perform tasks as needed. Chizu, Steve, and Cecile Pineda are DYNAMIC speakers, and the first two have encyclopedic knowledge of all that has happened in Fukushima since the meltdowns as Daiichi, and who keep abreast of all the latest information. If you’re reading this comment, you can thank Kazmi and Umi (I think) for keeping the website up to date and well-decorated. The professional camerawork of one Genta-San allows the NNA world-wide exposure via the Youtube channel. Countless others show up in varying stints to lend support, to write letters to the Abe government, or to speak out.

    Despite these efforts and the potent energy of the group, however, the state in Fukushima and the state of activism against what’s happening there seem grim. Numbers within the group have dwindled. The public seems uninterested. The Japanese Consulate has, at times, harassed or ignored their duty to receive letters from the group protesting against PM Abe and the Japanese government. The backdrop to all this is an 8 year, deteriorating circumstance in Japan as it gets set to host the 2020 Olympics which, given the amount of effort to conceal the truth about Fukushima and the expiring government support of evacuees, can only be seen as a farce of historic proportions. The melted fuel of 8 years ago has still not been recovered from the reactors at Daiichi. That fuel and the machinery surrounding it continue to spew unprecedented amounts of radiation into the environment, adding to that which had been released already into air, land, and ocean in Japan and beyond.

    The Japanese government has enacted Secrecy and Conspiracy Laws applicable to Fukushima, which stifle media attention and general discussion of the truth about ongoing threats there. Journalists and protestors have been harassed. The rates of Thyroid and other cancer, and that of other biological harms, continue to rise as medical cases, especially those of children, mount in the face of blatant government denials. A seeming push toward militarism and likely interest in developing nuclear weapons from the current plant technology loom on the horizon. The sickening cooperation between the Japanese government and war-rabid, frothing dogs of U.S. military imperialism continue to vex and oppress the peoples of Okinawa. Things look grim.

    (3) The remedy and the future. The remedy is persistence – which is just what the NNA has been doing. Every effort is a crucial one, symbolically and practically. If more people and activist groups followed the example of the NNA, if these could coordinate and band together around common issues like the NNA and its associate groups, word would spread, people would be informed, pressure would continue to mount, but faster than before. There is a radiological nightmare ongoing for the unsuspecting people of Japan, and the world at large, because of what is presently transpiring, largely unnoticed, within Daiichi. No degree of propaganda can obscure the plain happenings reported concerning the effects of this radiation. Radiation “hot spots” are well known within the Fukushima, and now . . . beyond even this region. Illnesses, inability to prevent groundwater contamination, an overextended waste water cooling system that is seeing innumerable tanks filled with irradiated water, and nowhere to put these as their number increases. Despite this daunting reality, the remedy, and the future, is expansion of consciousness generally, and awareness of this issue specifically – hopefully before it’s too late. That’s why the NNA has been such an important group, which I hope any able reader will come to visit at the monthly rally, to speak out, to lend support, to join forces in this common cause. The problem is well-defined. The remedy is YOU. Come to a rally on the 11th of each month to listen, learn, and speak out. Best wishes to the NNA!

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