Statement to TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company)

The following statement was read out on 11 March 2016:

Statement to :

Mr Fumio Sudo, Chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company

Mr Naomi Hirose, President of Tokyo Electric Power Company

The decision last week to indict executives of Japan’s largest energy utility, Tokyo Electric Power Company, for their failure to prevent the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi is a major step forward for the people of Japan. But it would be naïve to think that profound behavioural change will inevitably follow. In fact, the five years after the accident, Japan’s nuclear industry has not just failed to learn the lessons of the accident, it is still actively ignoring them. In the three years since nuclear plant operators applied to restart their shutdown nuclear fleet, the evidence shows that when it comes to nuclear safety the bottom line is not safety, but money.

We stand here today to protest in solidarity with the people of Fukushima and Japan to demand a nuclear-free society.

Fukushima is not over. The tragedy has been continuing still. Radiation has entered the environment, eco-system and food chain. Millions of children are living in contaminated areas while others have been forced to flee from their homes. Signs of radiation-related health damage, such as the marked increase in child thyroid cancer, have begun to emerge. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced. Countless families, communities and businesses have been ruined. The ongoing emissions from Fukushima will continue to poison Japan, the Pacific and ultimately the entire planet. The genetic disease will be transmitted into the future generations.

The NRA decision ignores the majority opinion. The people of Japan, still suffering the ongoing tragedy of Fukushima, understand that the NRA is not protecting the public but only the interests of an industry in crisis.

Sendai, Ikata and Takahama may make headlines in Japan and elsewhere today as a step toward restarts, but it does not change that for an entire year and 10 months, as of 11 August 2015, Japan has been nuclear-free.

This is in large part due to the commitment of the people of Japan who have taken to the streets to protest nuclear restarts, have fought and won in courts, have massively reduced energy demand, and rapidly expanded clean, renewable solar PV.

This is impressive leadership from the people which has advanced Japan’s future despite the determination of the Abe government and dirty energy industries to drag Japan backward into the energy dark age.

People have proven their commitment to a clean energy future, and they have shown the world that it is possible. It is happening now.

For the sake of justice, and for the safety of people in Fukushima, Japan and the world, we demand TEPCO implements the following:

1. Abandon nuclear power

It is reckless and despicable that TEPCO is planning to restart its reactors after Fukushima. The disaster has shown us that we cannot control nuclear reaction. Nuclear power, even without accidents, results in permanent and deadly contamination. TEPCO has been forced to release the radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Fukushima is also depleting the nuclear power workforce as many of the workers reach their lifetime radiation dose limit. How dare TEPCO even think about running reactors again?

2. Stop the cover-up

Tell the people of Japan and the world about the state of Fukushima Daiichi so that appropriate actions can be taken to protect both them and the workers at the plant. Cooperate fully with all external investigations. Stop manipulating the media and other relevant authorities. Although technically controlled by the government and funded by tax payers, TEPCO still behaves as if it were above the law. TEPCO decides what data it discloses to the state investigators and the media. They still maintain that Fukushima has been stabilised and that nuclear power is safe, green and cheap. How dare they?! Please explain why suddenly during 6-8 April 2015 the monitoring posts in Minamisoma detected very high radioactivity!!

3. Take responsibility for Fukushima

TEPCO should be held to account for its negligence that has led to the Fukushima disaster. TEPCO executives have now moved to high positions in other nuclear businesses following the initial crisis at Fukushima. They ignored risks and dangers for many years. TEPCO remains an empire with a near-monopoly of the market. It continues to neutralise opponents to nuclear energy via misinformation, targeted sponsorship and political manipulation. How dare they?!

A nuclear disaster such as Chernobyl and Fukushima results in devastation similar to a nuclear war. Future generations have the right to live in a world free from such nuclear horror. Nuclear power must be stopped now, once and for all.                                               Remember Fukushima – No to nuclear power! No to restart of Sendai, Ikata and Takahama.

Saikado Hantai! Saikado Hantai! Saikado Hantai! 再稼働反対!再稼働反対!再稼働反対!

Shigeo Kobayashi on behalf of JAN UK

Reverend Gyoro Nagase on behalf of Nipponzan Myohoji

Rik Garfit-Mottram on behalf of Kick Nuclear

Professor Dave Webb, Chairman, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Kate Hudson, General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Statement to PM Shinzo Abe & Ambassador Keiichi Hayashi

Read out at the Remember Fukushima Vigil outside the Japanese Embassy London on 11 March 2016

Statement to:

Mr Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Mr Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom

The decision last week to indict executives of Japan’s largest energy utility, Tokyo Electric Power Company, for their failure to prevent the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi is a major step forward for the people of Japan. The fact that this criminal prosecution is taking place at all is a vindication for the thousands of civilians and their dedicated lawyers who are challenging the nation’s largest power company and the establishment system. It is a devastating blow to the obsessively pro-nuclear Abe government, which is truly fearful of the effect the trial will have on nuclear policy and public opinion over the coming years.

Today we stand here in solidarity with the people of Fukushima and Japan to demand a nuclear-free society. Fukushima disasters are not over. The tragedy is still continuing. A similar accident could happen any time anywhere in the world. It is hard to understand how Japan can justify restarting its nuclear reactors and exporting nuclear technology after the Fukushima disaster. Suddenly during 6–8 April 2015, the monitoring posts in Minamisoma detected very high radioactivity.

We now know that a civil nuclear disaster results in devastation similar to a nuclear war. We have the right to live in a world free from this nuclear brutality. Governments have an obligation to protect their citizens and future generations. Children played no part in the policy which led to the disaster at Fukushima. Yet, it is the young and unborn who are the most vulnerable to radiation. They are the future. Nothing is more important than protecting them.

Nuclear power, even without accidents, inevitably creates permanent and deadly contamination. It damages or destroys people’s health, the eco-system and the environment. From uranium mining to nuclear waste, nuclear energy is incompatible with life. Radiation has assaulted people in Japan, UK and other parts of the world repeatedly. The genetic disease will be transmitted into the future generations.

We say, “Enough is enough!” The latest polling shows 59% of Japanese people oppose restarting nuclear reactors, including Sendai. The NRA decision ignores the majority opinion.

The people of Japan, still suffering the ongoing tragedy of Fukushima, understand that the NRA is not protecting the public but only the interests of an industry in crisis. Sendai reactors are now set to restart in July. But, there are more and more sings of volcanic activities in Kyushu which will force Sendai Nuclear Power Plant to be shut again soon.

Sendai, Ikata and Takahama may make headlines in Japan and elsewhere today as a step toward restarts, but it does not change that for an entire year and 10 months, as of 11 August 2015 Japan has been nuclear free.

This is in large part due to the commitment of the people of Japan who have taken to the streets to protest nuclear restarts, have fought and won in courts, have massively reduced energy demand, and rapidly expanded clean, renewable solar panels.

This is impressive leadership from the people which has advanced Japan’s future despite the determination of the Abe Government and dirty energy industries to drag Japan backward into the energy dark ages.

The people have proven their commitment to a clean energy future, and they’ve shown the world that it is possible. It is happening now.

For the sake of our children and future generations, this planet must be protected from deadly nuclear contamination. We, as world citizens, demand the Japanese government implements the following:-

  • Evacuate children and young people from contaminated areas.
  • Reinstate the pre-Fukushima radiation safety standards.
  • Provide uncontaminated water and food to all children and young people.
  • Give free and prompt medical checks and treatments for all those exposed to Fukushima radiation.
  • Monitor contamination accurately and publicise the data immediately.
  • Stop futile and costly decontamination projects.
  • End the state myth that radiation below the so-called “safety” limit is safe.
  • Stop suppressing radiation-related health data and statistics.
  • Abolish nuclear energy and switch to renewables.
  • Abandon nuclear fuel recycling.
  • Stop exporting nuclear power and technology.
  • Disclose up-to-date information on the state of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Take responsibility for decommissioning Fukushima reactors.
  • Prosecute those responsible for the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
  • Protect the civil rights of anti-nuclear and anti-radiation citizens.
  • Respect freedom of expression and speech.
  • Comply with Japan’s ‘No-Nuclear weapon principles’.
  • Uphold the Peace Constitution. The article 9 should be kept as it is without expanding interpretation for more military action overseas.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima – Japan should share the lessons of these tragedies with the international community, and lead the world towards a nuclear-free future. Remember Fukushima – No to nuclear power! No to restart of Sendai, Ikata and Takahama.

Saikado Hantai. Saikado Hantai, Saikado Hantai, 再稼働反対!再稼働反対!再稼働反対! No to restart of Nuclear Reactors!!

Shigeo Kobayashi on behalf of Japanese Against Nuclear UK

Reverend Gyoro Nagase on behalf of Nipponzan Myohoji

Rik Grafit-Mottram on behalf of Kick Nuclear

Professor Dave Webb, Chairman, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Kate Hudson, General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Are Organisms Adapting to Ionizing Radiation at Chernobyl?

No they are not, according to a recent study by Professors Anders Pape Møller and Timothy Alexander Mousseau

“Although hormesis is often purported to have a role in adaptation to radiation, we are unaware of even a single study demonstrating hormetic effects of ionizing radiation under field conditions. Again, this boils down to the question of how to make a rigorous test, with reciprocal transplant experiments being the way forward.”

http://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/abstract/S0169-5347(16)00019-7?_returnURL=http%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0169534716000197%3Fshowall%3Dtrue

Professor Timothy Mousseau will be speaking at the Remember Fukushima Parliamentary public meeting on March 17th, 2016 which 

Rev Kamoshita Shonin talk re protest against new military base in Okinawa

 

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About:

‘The Wind from Okinawa’ Speaking Tour 2016

Yuichi Kamoshita and Sarasa Aihara are core members of the protest group against the new U.S. military base in Henoko, Okinawa.
Daily protests, which normally attract over 200 people, are currently taking place outside ‘Camp Schwab’ with activists sitting in the road, forcibly being removed by riot police and being arrested for trying to stop the construction of the new airbase, which plans to landfill 160 hectares of Oura Bay. A breathtakingly beautiful bay is a critical feeding ground for the Dugong (a type of manatee), sea turtles and home to a unique Porites cylindric coral community, enriched by fresh water plankton which lead into the bay from jungle rivers.
There are currently 32 U.S. bases on Okinawa, with the island extensively being used as a training ground for some 26,000 Marines, the total population of Okinawa is 1.4 million. The 24 Osprey helicopters take-off and landings are an acute disruption for local residents with a long track record of accidents which are covered-up by the U.S military. Jungle training also means Marines in full combat outfits run freely through villages, across roads and the general surroundings, while hillsides and jungle are scarred by ammunition practice, this has led to jungle fires and sever disruption to the unique island wildlife.
All eyes are on Japan as the citizens of Okinawa ask for a final end to the legacy of the second world war. Japan is at an interesting crossroads, while in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster there is major opposition to nuclear energy, it is also coupled with the campaign to stop nuclear weapons, very much shaped by the 1945 atomic bombs which were dropped on the civilian populations of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. The current Conservative Japanese Government are eroding the Peace Constitution with movements towards a drastic reinterpretation of Article 9 (to not have a military, be involved in war or to persecute others), by strongly aligning with the U.S. military and its aggressive foreign policy agenda.
With over 800 U.S bases globally, with around 200 in East Asia, Okinawa acts as an ‘Asian pivot’, allowing the U.S to maneuver and monopolise the region.
Protests at Henoko are currently at a crucial point whereby the people of Okinawa have had enough of “feeling like a U.S. colony”. 77% of islanders say they do not want the new airbase & navy port, the Governor and the island mayors have all been elected on the issue of opposing the new base, while pressure on the mainland government has never been so fierce.
Victory for protestors at Henoko could set an Okinawan precedent for what people power can achieve, an example to show that militarism can be resisted. With most local people opposed to the Henoko base, now is the time to rally support from the international peace movement.
Come and hear these young committed peace activists from Okinawa who are very much influenced by their Buddhist faith, as well as the history which shaped the current generation of Japan.
Organised by: http://vcnv.org.uk/
Working with: nipponzanmyohoji.net

Climate Change London Nov 29th 2015

Kick Nuclear joined JAN UK (Japanese Against Nuclear), Reverend G. Nagase from the Battersea Park Peace PagodaCoalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (India) and South Asia Solidarity Group to form an anti-nuclear bloc at the Climate Change London march.

Two leaflets were handed out by the bloc:

Kick Nuclear produced this leaflet

JAN UK (Japanese Against Nuclear), Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (India) and South Asia Solidarity Group produced this leaflet

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behind, due to stopping outside the Japanese Embassy on Piccadilly
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outside downing street

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Letter handed to attendees of the 2013 World Nuclear Association Symposium, London 10th Sept 2015

We are gathered here this morning outside your annual nuclear industry jamboree to warn you to turn back. You are going the wrong way. They may feed you a good lunch here, no expense spared, but they will feed you a tissue of lies as well, and plant cancers deep in your, your children’s and others tissues..
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First off, your nuclear power plants are no longer needed. Surplus to requirements, not fit for purpose, prohibitively expensive and full of unnecessary risk, your last-century technology is being rapidly overtaken by cheaper, cleaner solar, wind and tidal power sources. Renewables are winning out in the market place due to their lower costs, quicker construction times, and lack of dangerous by-products and waste. Energy efficiency programs are working and causing electricity demand to remain stable and even fall in some regions, and despite decades of effort nuclear waste remains an intractable problem. And Fukushima fallout, both political and physical, is casting a pall over your industry.
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In the few places where nuclear power stations are being built, out there in the unreliable third world dictatorships like Vietnam, China and Dubai that you’ve managed to bring on board, the plants are over budget and behind schedule. Even plants whose capital costs have already been paid off, in the USA, are having to close due to being undercut by renewables and gas. So the feature meant to be the justification for nuclear, that it was so cheap, too cheap to meter, is turning out to be its achilles heel. Low operating and maintenance costs are turning out to be unmanageably high.
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So we endlessly hear repetition of your only remaining argument; that nuclear provides reliable base-line power. Which a report last week from the International Energy Agency actually undermined. The report, titled Projected Costs of Generating Electricity, talks of nuclear as “an attractive low-carbon technology in the absence of cost overruns and with low financing costs”. Maybe, but cost overruns and high financing costs are what we actually have. Not to mention costs of clean-up after severe accidents, an insecure cost idea of waste management, and a preferential liability capping scheme with government back-up. If not insured by the State, your plants would need something like £200 MWh to pay for themselves, as against on-shore wind costs of £80 MWh.
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Actually, the National Grid said recently that nuclear makes grid reliability more difficult to achieve, as they have to keep huge capacity in reserve to deal with a nuclear plant suddenly and without warning going off line, due to jellyfish, fire or some other incident. At least with wind you can predict when the wind is not going to blow. With nuclear you are on a knife edge all the time. Anyway, wind is getting to 50% capacity factor, while nuclear is about 82%. Catching up… Tides are pretty predictable, reliable and baseloadish..
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Maybe this explains why in 2014, China spent about $9 billion on nuclear, and $83 billion on wind and solar. Its non-hydro renewable energy fleet produced more electricity than nuclear that year, as did Germany, Japan, Brazil, India, Holland, Mexico and Spain. EDF is demanding yet another tariff increase to stay afloat, and just had to buy Areva to stop it going broke. Sweden is shutting down four nuclear stations, the USA shut five last year and is thinking of shutting 5 more. No single Generation 3 reactor has come into operation in the last 20 years, and all being built are over-budget and late. The average age of the world’s nuclear fleet is 28.8 years, with a third of US reactors over 40 years old.
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As for the promised new reactor for the UK, at Hinkley Point, things look equally bleak. Areva used the wrong metal for the RPV cap and base for the French example, and has destroyed the one already built for Hinkley to test the metals composition. Too much carbon, resulting in too brittle a metal, which would not resist cracks spreading when they start. Which they will; 11,000 cracks were recently found in two of Belgium’s old reactors. Other problems have been found in the safety valves for the EPR, an appeal against the dodgy subsidy for Hinkley will take years to resolve, and no investment has been found from Gulf States for the project, so the only investors would be the French and Chinese states. Costs are now triple the original guesstimate. Even HSBC ‘sees ample reason for the government to either delay or cancel the project’, they said last week. The bank, which previously acted as advisor on the project, warned that the deal between EDF and the UK government ‘was becoming harder to justify’.
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As for the promised jobs to be created by nuclear, Germany lost 30,000 by exiting nuclear, but created 350,000 more in the renewable industry. Jobs free of the stink of being an off-shoot of the drive to build nuclear bombs and incinerate your fellow humans.

FUKUSHIMA CORIUM

a commentary by Rik:

A recent article on Enenews ( http://enenews.com/ ) said that the melted fuel
mixture under the reactors in Fukushima was likely to be remelting.

A friend asked me to comment.

As I understand it, the corium, (a mixture of the melted nuclear fuel itself, the zirconium tubes that held the fuel pellets, and the steel racks that held the fuel bundles, all melted together) has slumped to the floor of the PCV, (pressure containment vessel) in the form of several large blobs, totalling some 130 tons per reactor. By luck rather than good management the PCVs of each of the three reactors ruptured above the level of the blobs, so they are pretty much covered by water. Several tons an hour of water is still injected into each reactor, so it must be boiling off still. So the molten corium would have formed a crust on the outside, where it is in contact with the water, but inside this crust, the corium would probably be still liquid or partly liquid, due to the heat produced by the on-going splitting of uranium atoms when struck by a neutron, in turn firing off more neutrons, and by the continued decay of the fission by-products. In other words, due to the occasional resumption of fission within the corium, it will sometimes probably again melt.

As wikipedia says: –
‘Heat is produced by the radioactive decay of fission products and materials that have been activated by neutron absorption. This decay heat-source will remain for some time even after the reactor is shut down.’

See: –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactive_decay

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_absorption

It is not that a dramatic new stage has been reached in the Fukushima disaster. The corium has been probably melting, on and off, for the whole four years.

original article:-

http://enenews.com/tv-only-fukushimas-melted-fuel-solid-nuclear-expert-m…

Kick Nuclear Supports ‘Stop Moorside’ Demonstration outside of Whitehaven Civic Hall on Saturday May 16th, 2015

Kick Nuclear wish to express their support for Radiation Free Lakeland in their objections to plans for building a new nuclear power station at Moorside.

The plans are for three very large nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 3,400MW of energy to be built at the site. The present joint owners of the project are 60% the Japanese company Toshiba and 40% the French one, GDF Suez (renamed “Engie” last month) and the reactors they intend to build are AP1000 pressurised water reactors, which are also designed and built by Toshiba,.

We wish to put four objections to these plans:

1) Many studies have shown that nuclear reactors leak radiation into the surrounding ground and air and cause a rise in radiation-linked disease such as leukaemia in children living in the surrounding area.

See:-

http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/childhood-leukemias-near-nuclear-power-st…

2) The Sellafield area is already the most polluted area in the British Isles in terms of radioactivity and the aim should be to get rid of all the radioactive pollution in the area and not add to it.

3) When things go wrong with nuclear reactors, as at Chernobyl and Fukushima, the consequences can be catastrophic. We should not take that risk.

4) Nuclear reactors produce large amounts of nuclear waste containing many radioactive substances some of which have half-lives lasting tens of thousands of years. We should not leave such a legacy for future generations to have to deal with and suffer the health effect of.

Fukushima witness accounts, English translation in digital format

‘Fukushima Radiation: Will You Still Say No Crime Was Committed?’

by 50 Complainants for Criminal Prosecution of the FUKUSHIMA Nuclear Disaster

Norma Field (Translator), Matthew Mizenko (Translator)

This booklet is a translation of statements by 50 citizens who were residing in Fukushima at the time of the triple disaster of March 11, 2011.
They range in age from 7 to 87, and they wrote these statements as part of the criminal complaint filed with the public prosecutor by the Fukushima Complainants for Criminal Prosecution of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. What, exactly, is a criminal complaint, and who is a “complainant”? In this case, the complaint is the formal legal procedure initiated by citizens in response to the failure of both prosecutors and police to investigate the criminal liability of Tepco and government agencies for their roles in the nuclear disaster. The group complaint, filed at the office of the public prosecutor, is a demand for investigation and indictment of the responsible parties.

Because this is a criminal and not a civil procedure, these citizens are “complainants” rather than “plaintiffs.”

True, some of the Complainants are also plaintiffs in the various civil cases generated by the Fukushima disaster, such as the “Give Us Back Our Livelihood, Give Us Back Our Community” Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Lawsuit; “Denounce Nuclear Power Generation: Redress for the Villagers of Iitate”; or “The Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial for the Right to Education in a Safe Place.”

Although several Complainants in this booklet draw a connection between the failure of the state to pursue criminal liability and the difficulty of getting anything resembling adequate compensation from Tepco, it is important to keep in mind that as Complainants, they do not stand to gain anything individually even under the best-case scenario: if, after all the prosecutorial refusals, an indictment is brought, a trial held, and some parties found to be criminally responsible for the nuclear disaster.

Rather, the Complainants are driven by grief, anger, and incredulity. So much harm had been inflicted, with demonstrated negligence not only leading up to the disaster but in its aftermath, with dire consequences not only for themselves but flung far into the future. After all this, how could it be that no one was held responsible? How could it be that the police, let alone the prosecutors, had not conducted a thorough investigation? Did the rule of law not prevail in Japan? As victims bearing witness, they seek to exercise their responsibility to future generations, that the calamity not be repeated, that the harm be contained by all means possible.’

available from Amazon here. No need for a Kindle – readable via the Kindle app:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XKIZRX4