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The second deadline is May 31st, 2011.
!! Request for Urgent Signatures !! Stop IKATA Nuclear Power Plant
To: Tokihiro Nakamura, Governor of Ehime Prefecture
Object of Demand
“Nuclear reactors are protected by 5 layers of walls.” “Earthquakes of any scale are within our calculations. We are convinced that no earthquakes or Tsunamis would have any effects on the reactors,” are the statements repeatedly presented by Ehime prefecture and Shikoku Electric Power Company. We have, however, witnessed that all of these words were all too soon swallowed up by the recent Tsunamis, throwing us into a state of irreparable devastation. The crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power plant has forced upon us days of the great anxiety and terrors.
As if to say that the accidents were a ‘natural calamity,’ the government and the company have shamelessly tried to evade their responsibility and maintained their excuse that it was ‘beyond calculation.’ Among earthquakes that hit the coastal areas in Japan, there was the Meiji Sanriku earthquake in 1896, some 100 years ago, which caused tsunamis that registered as high as 10 or 20 meters. The sized of the earthquake this time is, therefore, not unprecedented and could naturally expected to recur. The power company which ‘deliberately didn’t calculate’, should assume a greater responsibility, as we have to admit that the current disaster at the nuclear plant is nothing but a ‘man-made’ one.
There are earthquakes in ‘Tokai (eastern sea area),’ ‘Tonankai (southeastern sea area)’ and ‘Nankai’ (Southern sea area), all of which are potential regions that are likely to connect with the latest earthquakes in the Northeastern region, and off Ikata there is a class A zone of active faulting. In Ikata, the plant’s No.3 reactor is, like the Fukushima No.3 reactor, an extremely dangerous MOX fuel power generation, which was forcibly introduced and is now being operated. Thus, we are exposed to terrifying dangers ‘beyond calculation’ to come.
We are outraged and sad to live in a country whose government hides true information from us and to see the government and its scholars who keep lying to us by saying, “The current radioactivity level will have no direct effects on our body.”
The former governor, Moriyuki Kato, and the current governor, Tokihiro Nakamura, have insisted on their opinion, saying, “We trust the government screening and we will follow the government policy.” However, we don’t want to sacrifice ourselves for the profit of the power company and the tactics of the government at the risk of a nuclear disaster. Ehime Prefecture should admit its error in its safety assessment, and immediately stop the Ikata Nuclear Power plant for the sake of our children, generations to come and all life on the earth. We urge the Ehime Prefectural Governor who is authorized to take this measure, to do so.