Japanese govt tries to “delete” the lessons of Fukushima from official records

By Yoshiko Kurita, Professor of Middle Eastern History, Chiba University, Japan

The present Japanese government ( the Abe administration ), in their efforts to resume the operation of the nuclear power plants in Japan and to promote their exportation overseas, is trying to “delete” the memories and lessons of Fukushima from their official records.

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An appeal for improving labor conditions of Fukushima Daiichi workers

An appeal to improve labor condition of the Fukushima Daiichi workers has been posted at Vancouver based Peace Philosophy Centre’s website. To read the letter, please visit their website.

CNIC: Toward a New Era in which the people Choose the Energy

As the last operating nuclear power plant was shut down in Japan, Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center released the following statement:

Statement: Toward a New Era in which the people Choose the Energy

May 5, 2012
NPO Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center

Today, May 5, is Children’s Day.
Children’s Day is a holiday on which we celebrate our hope for the healthy growth of the next generation.
Just exactly on this day, the last operating nuclear reactor, the Hokkaido Electric Power Company’s Tomari Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3 will be shut down for a scheduled inspection. Thus all 50 of Japan’s nuclear reactors (Fukushima No.1 Power Plant Units 1 to 4 were officially decommissioned on April 19, 2012) will be in a state of shutdown today.

From today we will be able to live without depending on electricity produced from nuclear fission. This will show that it is possible for the mechanisms of society to run perfectly well without nuclear power. This is a day that will be recorded in history and remain long in our memories.

The great earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 took the lives of 20,000 people in the three prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima. Moreover, the accident at the Fukushima No.1 Power Plant scattered large amounts of radioactive materials into the environment, causing the loss of people’s livelihoods, their houses, their food, their health, their lives and sundered the bonds between people. Having forced people into fear and anxiety, even now, although more than a year has passed since the accident, more than 150,000 people have no option but to live in evacuation centers with no hope of a resolution in sight.
It has become abundantly clear to anyone who looks that life and nuclear energy are incompatible.

Discovered by scientists in 1938, the phenomenon of the nuclear fission of uranium was quickly applied to the atom bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Later, the generation of electricity by atomic power was introduced under the name of “atoms for peace.” The series of nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, however, tell us that in fact “atoms for peace” is not possible. We have been repeatedly told that safety is the first priority, but this has not been realized in practice. We must not repeat again the mistake of accepting the one-sided propaganda that has claimed for the last half-century that nuclear energy is a dream energy that we are capable of controlling.

Despite the fact that the Fukushima accident is not yet clearly understood, approval for a restart of Ohi Nuclear Power Station’s units 3 and 4 on the basis of the stress test’s primary evaluation shows that the government remains unrepentant over the Fukushima nuclear accident. The Fukushima nuclear accident represents the wholesale collapse of the criteria for judging the safety of nuclear power stations. How can further catastrophes be avoided unless this state of affairs is rectified?

By leading our lives without reliance on nuclear power through this coming summer, when the peak of power demand will occur, we can now show that the abolition of nuclear power plants is a realistic possibility. How we produce the energy that is one of the bases of our society is a matter that is open to choice. The situation now is totally different from that of the last half-century, in which nuclear power was the source of dreams. How much of what kind of energy is necessary and how we will use it in the society we envisage for the future, for the next generation, is something we think the people should decide for themselves.
We sincerely hope to bequeath to our children a country in which all can live in safety.
Let us work together to abolish nuclear power!

URL: http://www.cnic.jp/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1361#english

[Guardian] A year after 3/11

The Guardian has published a video and photos to look at March 11th.

Japan’s recovery from the tsunami and earthqake – in pictures

Japan tsunami: before and after (interactive)

Japan’s earthquake and tsunami retrospective – video (4min 58sec)

[SPIEGEL] Fukushima Workers Risk Radiation to Feed Families

Germany’s DER SPIEGEL interviews with workers at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
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A Visit to J-Village

Fukushima Workers Risk Radiation to Feed Families

By Cordula Meyer
September 21st, 2011
SPIEGEL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL

Since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the power plant’s operator TEPCO has relied on temporary workers to help bring the reactors under control. Many of the workers, whose radiation levels are measured daily, say they are not doing the work for Japan, but for the money. SPIEGEL visited J-Village, which is strictly off-limits, and met the unsung heroes of Fukushima.

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[Guardian] Japan tsunami survivors prepare to reopen noodle restaurant

UK Guardian’s Japan correspondent Justin McCurry reports from the city of Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture.

Wednesday 21 September 2011
Sisters Hiroko Niinuma and Miyoko Sasaki chose to stay on in their wrecked town of Kamaishi and cook for fellow evacuees

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Also, the interactive version of the tsunami survivors’ stories is HERE

A Week Long Actions Against Nukes

September 11th through 19th is a national week of action against nuclear power, and there are many demonstrations and other events have been organized throughout Japan.

See this blog for more detail.

On September 11th, thousands of people marched on the street of Tokyo. However, many demonstrators complained about the police trying to disturb the protest. Take a look at pictures taken by a photojournalist Munesuke Yamamoto HERE.
In the Shinjuku demo, 12 protesters were arrested. Seven of them have been released, but the rest is still being detained.

On the 19th, which is a national holiday in Japan, the “Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants” rally will be held at Meiji Park in Tokyo.