Report: 4/11/19 NNA Rally・事後報告;4・11月例抗議集会

About 10 people gathered at this time. These people in the rally understand what’s going on in and around Fukushima and know Fukushima disaster is not over at all.

The letter to PM Abe was written by Grace Shimizu at this time.
She is an activist who is fighting against injustice of Japanese Peruvians wartime incarceration. please see below to read her letter.

Genta Yoshikawa made a video of rally.
https://youtu.be/Xy8qUFd-854

Thank you for joining and supporting NNA monthly rally.
See you on 5/11 at SF Japanese Consulate at 3 pm again!

少人数ではありましたが、参加した人々は福島の現状に詳しく政府の原発政策には憤慨している人々ばかりでした。

今回のために、首相への手紙は清水・グレイスさんが書きました。
彼女は祖父がペルーに移住した日本人で、戦時中の日系ペルー人強制収容の事実を伝え、賠償を求めている活動家です。下の添付をご覧ください。

抗議集会の内容は吉川さんが録画してくれましたので、ご覧ください。
https://youtu.be/Xy8qUFd-854

それでは、また5月11日にSF日本領事館前で会いましょう。

written by NNA member Chizu Hamada

 

Letter to Japanese Prime Minister Abe


April 11, 2019

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
c/o Consulate of Japan
275 Battery St. #2100
San Francisco, CA 94111

Prime Minister Abe:

My name is Grace Shimizu.  I am a Japanese American who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, USA.

I write in solidarity with the people of Fukushima, the people of Japan, of all peoples around the world who will not forget the disaster endured by the people of Fukushima and Japan on 3/11/2011: the earthquake, tsunami, and the massive release of radioactive materials from Tepco’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.  That was both a natural disaster and a man-made nuclear disaster.  And over eight years later, that man-made disaster has worsened due to the corrupt collusion between government, regulators, the nuclear industry and corporate media, giving rise to life-threatening corporate and government policies and practices which continue to endanger Japan and the world.

I have hope that the will of the Japanese people would manifest through its elected officials, but I have been sorely disappointed over these last eight years.  Rather than repeat the litany of failure under your Administration’s watch to address, let alone resolve, the environmental and human devastation, suffice it to highlight:

(i) The Declaration of a Nuclear Emergency issued by the government has been in effect for 8 years and there is no end in sight.

–The spread of radioactive materials to the air, land, and sea continues and contamination has reached other areas of Japan and the Pacific.

–Contaminated waste water – now exceeding one million tons – is accumulating daily and, due to finite storage space, may soon be released into the sea.

–If the cores of the reactors in the damaged reactor buildings – which cannot be reached by humans nor robots  –Were to further melt, or if there were another earthquake or natural disaster, the radioactive materials in those cores would be released into the environment.

–Even after 100 years, Japan will be in a state of nuclear emergency because the radioactive contamination of cesium 137 has a half-life of 30 years.  So even after the passage of 100 years, it will have diminished by only one-tenth.

(ii) The welfare and safety of the people of Fukushima, of Japan, of the Asia Pacific region and the world as well as the protection and recovery of our environment are not the priority of government and corporate response and accountability.

–The Japanese government has raised internationally recognized radiation exposure limits and lowered the protection standards and safety for all people who live in or visit Japan.  Children can now live and play in contaminated areas if their exposure to radiation does not to exceed 20 millisieverts/year.  Elsewhere in the world, this level of exposure is permitted only for radiation workers.

–The efforts at clean-up, recovery, and mitigation of radioactive exposure to all of Japan’s residents have been underfunded and inadequate.

–Fukushima residents are pressured to return to contaminated areas under threat of losing housing subsidies.

–This industrial catastrophe, unprecedented in human history, followed by cover-up and obfuscation has gone unpunished.  No Tepco and corporate leaders, government officials, scholarly experts and media have been held accountable.

(iii)  The government and corporate strategy is to normalize and divert local, national and international attention away from Japan’s enduring nuclear disaster and to suppress dissent.

–Currently that attention and billions of dollars are being redirected to the 2019 Tokyo Olympics.  This has the direct consequence of less funding for the clean-up, social services and medical care, housing and resettlement, health and radiation research, education, and employment. But the image of safe and effective recovery, clean nuclear energy, and return to normality gets widely promoted for domestic and international consumption.

–Since Japan is under a state of nuclear emergency, the thousands of athletes and millions of tourists coming to the Tokyo Olympics are vulnerable to the radioactive exposure levels (20 times higher than in other countries), fallout and contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

–Secrecy laws have been passed and are used to threaten and silence journalists and whistleblowers from reporting the truth to the public and to repress anti-war and anti-nuclear activists.

–Contentious political struggle has been underway to restart nuclear reactors in Japan and to militarize Japan, by changing the peace constitution and permitting the use of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapon development by Japanese corporations, thereby expanding the danger of nuclear accidents and nuclear war.

We stand together in solidarity because we want a world of peace, without nuclear war, without nuclear weapons, without nuclear power plants, without contaminated nuclear waste.  We want diplomacy and peace, not war.  This is the democratic will of our peoples, and we will make such a world our reality.

Sincerely,

Grace Shimizu


 

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One Response to “Report: 4/11/19 NNA Rally・事後報告;4・11月例抗議集会”
  1. Jason N. Kamalie says:

    NO NUKES ACTION COMMITTEE RALLY COMMENTS
    A general Recap of the Rally. The NNA stood proud and strong again, facing off against the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, and standing for Truth and Justice in the concern of all the issues related to Fukushima.

    CHIZU –
    We are standing here at the Consulate again . . . with anger. We are concerned with the victims’ welfare. After 8 years, the situation of Fukushima, has it gotten, or will it get better? No. It has only gotten worse. We still don’t know where exactly the melted core can be recovered, nor the condition of the reactors. This cleaning up task might take another 50 – 100 years. It’s been daily hard work, with workers risking their health, trying to clean up and decommission, with minimal results. More unfortunate health news out of Fukushima, 14% increase in congenital heart surgery of newborns, and reproductive irregularities in newborn boys. That’s a serious revelation, yet no major media reported this in Japan. It’s only news in America – which shows government cover-up and hiding facts, maybe application of Secrecy or Conspiracy laws. Fukushima government didn’t disclose this data at large, despite these findings. That’s blatant disregard of truth and the health of people.

    In March, the government cut some evacuees’ living compensation, leaving them in the lurch. 2, 200 households were affected. Another 2,700 will be affected next year – and from “difficult to return” areas, as described by the government. As of March, only one prefecture is providing assistance to evacuees. Nearly 80% report financial insecurity – they were displaced through no fault of their own. It is the government’s fault – so government and Tepco should pay for it! But, no. Instead, the Japanese government is trying to cover up remaining problems, and changing the focus to the 2020 Olympics, while spending a lot of money in advertising and financing Olympics – that’s money that should go to evacuees because Japan and Tepco allowed the accident to happen in the first place. These government and Tepco actors should be jailed, based on the verdict that acknowledged their failures. Courts ruled that such an accident was entirely foreseeable.

    Olympic softball games will be held in Fukushima, which has not been fully decontaminated, which will put athletes in danger. Some good news, March 26, another district court affirmed the fault of Tepco and the Japanese government concerning the meltdowns, awarding a set of victims some monetary amount which was very insubstantial. Every 11th of the month, we write a letter to PM Abe, this time written by Grace Shiminzu.

    Toward end of rally, Chizu conducted a brief interview with Yoko San.
    Q (Chizu): Why are you here today?
    A (Yoko): I am concerned about the situation in Fukushima and the condition of evacuees; would like to see tax revenue spent on the care of evacuees instead of Olympics.
    Q: Do you think Japanese people are forgetting about Fukushima?
    A: The Japanese media is controlled, conditioned to report what government wants to say, and most Japanese believe the official line, without looking into alternate reports or assessing the facts for themselves.
    Q: Do you think Abe government will change its attitude about Fukushima?
    A: I doubt it. Personally, I don’t believe the government or governments generally. I don’t know why people support him, but also, the Japanese people don’t seem to be very interested in examining the issue and situation for themselves.

    Chizu – I hope that people will wake up and examine the situation and show some concern. Government is brainwashing people with its propaganda programs seeking to establish activity, business, and population in Fukushima areas. Black, plastic bags piling up – maybe should change the color to a more cheerful color, as a tourist attraction. Government is making great efforts to propagandize how safe Fukushima is. That’s why we’re standing here. We don’t give up. We want to save victims and evacuees, especially children. The government has raised allowable radiation limits.

    ROGER SCOTT
    Roger spoke briefly at the beginning of the rally. He is with the American Federation of Teachers. Here to join in urging Japanese government to be fair and honest with the Japanese people, and to stop deceiving their citizenry about the dangers of Fukushima, to stop the reopening of nuclear plants, and to make sure Olympic athletes are not in danger. Also urges the Japanese government to release Fumiaki Hoshino, who was denied parole.

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