No Nukes Protests on May 7th & 8th

Those who organized the no nukes demonstration in Koenji, Tokyo in April are now planning to have a protest this time in Shibuya, one of the most popular spot in Tokyo.

The organizer states in the website:

It is one month since the huge demo in Koenji, and almost two months since the great disaster struck, but the situation in Fukushima is still anything but stable!

Newspapers and TV make it sound like everything is getting better, but if we stop and think about it, we realize how far this is from the truth. In fact, the situation hasn’t improved at all! If anything, radioactive matter is still leaking, the contamination is worsening and nobody even knows when this will be under control.

Meanwhile, the water, land, sea, plants, animals and of course us humans are paying the price. It’s more than enough to tell us that nuclear energy is just too dangerous and scary!

We must say no to any energy source that puts us in such a horrible situation. In other countries, the people have sized on this opportunity to realize the hazards of nuclear power, but Japan shows no intention to rethink their nuclear policy. We know now, more than ever, that nuclear energy was never safe or environmentally sound, and we need to get rid of it as soon as possible!

No kidding!

Following the demo in Kouenji, we will come together once again in a giant protest against nuclear power! Last time, all kinds of people including anxious Tokyoites, mothers and fathers worried about their kids, and refugees from the areas around the power plants joined the protest. This time we will see an even greater multitude taking to the streets to voice their disapproval!!

On May 7th, let’s head for Shibuya!!!


Also, there are protests in Fukuoka on May 8th

in Osaka on May 7th

in Kobe on May 7th

in Nagoya on May 8th


Children of Fukushima need our protection

OPINION: Children of Fukushima need our protection

By Tilman Ruff
MELBOURNE, April 26, Kyodo

I was dismayed to learn that the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology earlier this week increased the allowable dose of ionizing radiation for children in Fukushima Prefecture.

The dose they set, 3.8 microsieverts per hour, equates to more than 33 millisieverts (mSv) over a year. This is to apply to children in kindergartens, nursery, primary and junior high schools. Let me try to put this in perspective.

(Full article at Kyodo News)

Please sign the petition to save children of Fukushima here:

The final deadline is April 30th.

Press conference without a press

On April 25th, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) and The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (TEPCO) had a regular press conference for the foreign media. Fewer journalists had been showing up at NISA and TEPCO’s press conference lately, but this time, seats were completely empty. Although there was no one in the room, spokespersons from NISA and TEPCO started their talking as scheduled…

Project to tackle Fukushima Daiichi Crisis

Proposal for a Skilled Veterans Corps to install an alternative cooling system at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

  1. In general, industrial plants are equipped with “FAIL-SAFE SYSTEMS” to stop operations safely if and when unexpected malfunctions occur by shutting off the energy or fuel supply to the system or otherwise disengaging power mechanisms.
  2. In the case of nuclear power plants, however, it is impossible to turn-off the fuel supply as the system is like “an operating burner inside a fuel tank”. The only means to averting a “meltdown” is to suppress the nuclear chain reaction by inserting control rods into the reactor core and to gradually cool the fuel rods with constantly circulating water.
  3. This means that a nuclear power plant cooling system SHOULD NEVER BE STOPPED, which is why the cooling system is robustly designed to provide double, triple or more redundant backup. Unfortunately, the recent tsunami was much more forceful than anticipated by the plant operators, and all of the back-up systems were destroyed or incapacitated.
  4. After the nuclear chain reaction is controlled, it is critical that the damaged cooling system be repaired or replaced with a new system, which should be designed to operate reliably on the scale of ten years or more. Cooling the system by hosing it with water is a temporary and unsustainable short-term measure.
  5. Repair or installation of the cooling system will unavoidably be conducted in an environment highly contaminated with radioactive elements with serious risk of future health complications. As such, young people with a long future should not have to be placed in a position of having to undertake such a task. Radiation exposure of a generation which may reproduce the next generation should be avoided, regardless of the amount.
  6. Our generation who has, consciously or unconsciously, approved the construction of the Fukushima nuclear power plants and enjoyed the benefits of the vast supply of electricity generated, in particular those of us who hailed the slogan that “Nuclear Power is Safe” should be the first to join the Skilled Veteran Corps to install or repair the cooling system. This is the duty of our generation to the next generation and the one thereafter.
  7. Currently, many of the workers engaged at the nuclear power plants are being employed without consideration of age, knowledge, skill or experience. The Skilled Veterans Corps shall consist of volunteers of veteran technicians and engineers who are much more qualified to carry out the work with much better on-site judgment.

Yastel Yamada
Naka-kasai 5-chome 11-25-707, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 134-0083, Japan
E-mail: veteran_corp[at]
Tel & Fax: +81-(0)3-5659-3063 Mobile phone: +81-(0)90-5659-3063
Y. Yamda’s Biodata
Born in 1939
B. Sc. From Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo University
Employed by Sumitomo Metal Industries, Co. Ltd. 1962 – 1989. Worked in the field of metallurgical engineering, plant engineering, environment engineering, etc.
Since retirement worked independently as business consultant till 2005
Presently working as volunteer with NGO, etc. in several field

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Petition to save the Fukushima Children

Urgent Petition Against 20 millisieverts per year Radiation Exposure onto Children in Fukushima

We urgently demand the withdrawal of the Japanese Government’s inhumane decision to force 20 mSv per year radiation exposure onto children.

Preliminary deadline: Tue. April 26, 2011 at 23:00 in Japanese time (UTC/GMT +9 hours)
Final deadline: Sat. April 30, 2011 at 23:00 in Japanese time (UTC/GMT +9 hours)

See all text:

Sign the petition HERE

Contaminated Village: Iitate (4/17)

On Sunday morning, April 17th, residents of a district in Iitate, Fukushima gathered at the community center and had a meeting to decide what to do. However, they couldn’t reach any decision on that day because of wildfire.

In the afternoon on the same day, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano visited the village. A photojournalist Takashi Morizumi reports:

Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano first told the mayor, “We were able to manage the situation without harming peoples’ health so far.” Doesn’t he have any idea in his head that it will cause many diseases later?

There must be many residents who have already exposed to nearly 20 millisievert of radiation.

[The government] hadn’t conducted enough investigation and hadn’t ordered the residents to evacuate as soon as the possibility [of receiving 20 mSv/year] was raised. This is a horrible crime.

Perhaps, they are wishing that nothing would happen during their term.


Save the Fukushima Children

Officials of the Nuclear Safety Commission and MEXT (4/21/2011)

Below are questions submitted by Japanese citizens after the 21 April meeting with the Nuclear Safety Commission administration and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) concerning the Japanese government raising radiation permissible exposure standards for children twenty-fold from 1mSv a year to 20mSv a year. (12:30 ~ 13:45, House of Councillors Diet Office Building.)

There will be another meeting with the government after receiving answers to the following questions.

Some of the answers came in today, 22 April, but the content was insufficient.

It was confirmed today by the Mizuho Fukushima (House of Councillors parliamentarian, head of the Social Democratic Party) Diet office that the Nuclear Safety Commission has no minutes recording the deliberation leading to the decision of the “20mSv” standard.

Full article by Fukushima Update