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Fukushima update: spring 2017

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It is now 6 years since the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, and the Japanese authorities and nuclear industry are still manoeuvring to minimise the effects and marginalise the affected. The work of forgetting Fukushima goes on. Starting with denying for the first three months that they had even had a meltdown, let alone three, lying to the citizens who were trying to get out of the way of the plume, and now continuing with the cruel claim that it is the fear of radiation, the “phobia”, rather than exposure to the radioactivity released during the meltdowns that causes the damage. We watched on our TVs as the plants exploded, but now a few years have slid by and most have moved on, drawn away by other disasters. Meanwhile the radioactivity continues to contaminate the soil, air, water, food and bodies of the Japanese, triggering not just cancers but also strokes and a whole host of other radiogenic illnesses.

The well-respected Physicians for Social Responsibility[1] reported that at least 10,000 cases of cancer will occur in Japan as a result of the meltdown, and laments that the full impact of Fukushima may never be known. This is due to Japan’s failure to immediately and fully track radiation exposures, as well as a “disturbing” lack of testing of the general population for radiation-related health effects such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, endocrine disease, miscarriage, foetal malformations, leukaemia, lymphomas and solid tumours.

Apart from the immediate cancer effects, 130,000 people have had their lives and communities shattered by the evacuations necessitated by the disaster. The village of Katsurao is a good example. Evacuated for five years, the chicken-or-egg nightmare continues even when the former residents want to return to their village. The town’s two factories, which made camera parts, are long gone, set up elsewhere, so there is no work to return to. 50%, yes – one half – of the agricultural land around the village is now stacked 5 metres high with black plastic bags full of radioactive waste from the clean-up and decontamination. So there’s little work in the fields either. Many don’t want to buy produce from there anyway. All the couples with children have gone, so the school closed. They won’t return as there is no school and with no kids the school won’t return.

Moreover, most parents don’t want to bring their kids back to a still-contaminated area, as kids are especially sensitive to radiation, as their cells are dividing more rapidly as they grow. Some older people have returned, saying ‘I want to die in the village where I grew up’. But younger people have found jobs, made friends and grown new ‘roots’, in the areas where they’ve been living for the last five years, so they don’t want to return. So the village is permanently damaged. Less people – less resources like hospitals and shops. Less hospitals and shops – less attractive to return to. It can take hundreds of years for a village or town to evolve; you can’t just remove and scatter its people for five years and then expect it to return to how it was. 10 million 1 square metre black bags of waste now blight the landscape of Fukushima province.

Cost estimates for the catastrophe – cleanup, compensation and decommissioning – have recently doubled, to $190 billion.

The uncertainty about ionising radiation is doing enormous damage, as people cotton on to the lack of honesty from a government firmly in the pocket of the nuclear industry aka the ‘nuclear village’. The worldwide limit for exposure for a citizen to ionising radiation from a nuclear power plant is one millisievert a year. The Japanese government just raised this to twenty millisieverts a year, setting this as the limit up to which land would be declared habitable. Therefore housing subsidies, enabling 6,531 voluntarily evacuated households to live elswehere, will be terminated in March 2017[2].  Yet a worker was just declared eligible for compensation as his leukaemia had been caused by his work in the nuclear industry, mostly at Fukushima, with a total, cumulative dose of 19.8 millisieverts. 19.8 can cause leukaemia, yet 20 a year, every year, for citizens is acceptable. Outrageous.

The ice wall seems to be only partly working; the NRA said it isn’t sufficiently preventing the groundwater from entering the site, where it becomes contaminated. Indeed, the ice wall will only last a few years anyway, until the groundwater erodes the land around it. So Tepco have been told to rely on pumping up the groundwater, and double the number of water storage tanks, rather than rely on the ice wall. The new problem is that Tepco have moved from having 4 cubes (the reactor buildings) full of deadly water to having a much larger ‘bathtub’, containing the 4 cubes, now also full of deadly water. Any future crack in the ice wall, or the rock under it, will mean that this much larger mass of contaminated water will move out into the environment. They say that the lack of water current through the basements means the ‘bathtub’ water won’t be poisoned; but anyone knows that if you drop a few teabags into a still bath the whole bath will be tea-coloured within a few days. It’s called diffusion. The authorities floated the idea of just covering the Fukushima Daiichi site with concrete and leaving it, but public outrage soon made them withdraw that idea.

The Niida river in Minimasoma has been found to have 29,500 Bq/kg of radioactive contamination concentrated in its sediment. To compare, anything with radiation levels above 100 Bq/kg used to be considered to be hazardous nuclear waste. Since the Fukushima meltdowns, this has been raised to 8,000 Bq/kg.

5,000 tons of Fukushima fish and crab was smuggled out to China via Vietnam, relabelled, and sold on. That’s one we know of because they were caught. How many others?

Radioactive Caesium from Fukushima has now crossed the Pacific ocean to reach the shores of Oregon, according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution[3].

All this downplaying of the damage done, just to continue with the nuclear industry, when wind and solar are now so much cheaper, and utterly safe[4]. Shame.

[1]www.psr.org/resources/fukushima-report-2016.html

[2]www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003439790 [3]www.ijpr.org/post/tests-find-lingering-radiation- japan-our-shores#stream/0

[4]www.cleantechnica.com/2016/12/25/cost-of-solar- power-vs-cost-of-wind-power-coal-nuclear-natural-gas/

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福島 最新情報 2017年春

福島第一原子力発電所で原子炉3基が炉心溶融(メルトダウン)を起こしてから6年が過ぎました。日本政府や原発業界はいまだに被害を小さくみせかけようとし、被害を受けた方々と真剣に向き合っていません。福島を忘れようとする取り組みが続いています。事故後3か月間にわたりメルトダウンが起きていることを全く認めなかっただけでなく、プルーム(放射線物質の雲状のかたまり)を避けようとする住民に正しい情報を提供せず、「メルトダウンで放出された有害な放射性物質にさらされていることではなく、放射能を不安に思う『心理』が問題だ」という聞くに堪えないひどい主張が今も続いています。海外のテレビでも原子炉の爆発する様子が映し出されましたが、もう数年が経過し、他の災害にも対処しなければならない中、多くの関心が他へ移りつつあります。その間も引き続き放射性物質は土壌、大気、水、食品、人々の体に取り込まれ、がんだけでなく心臓発作など、放射能が原因となるさまざまな疾患を引き起こしています。

「Physicians for Social Responsibility(社会的責任を果たす医師団、PSR)」 の報告書[1]によると、福島の原発事故が原因のがん患者は少なくとも1万人に達する見通しです。しかしPSRは、残念ながらこうした被害の全容が明らかにされることは決してないだろうと嘆いています。その理由は、日本政府が即座に全力で放射線被害を食い止めることを怠ったうえ、放射能の影響で引き起こされかねない心臓発作、心血管・内分泌(ホルモン)疾患、流産、胎児奇形、白血病、リンパ腫、腫瘍について全人口を対象に調べていないことにあります。

がんなどの発症という被害に加え、放射能汚染から避難するために13万人の方々が住み慣れた土地を追われ、故郷も荒廃しました。葛尾村はその一例です。避難指示が5年ぶりに解除されましたが、戻りたい住民がいても、人口の回復が先か、インフラの再整備が先か分からない悪夢は終わりません。カメラの部品を作っていた2つの工場はとっくに別の場所へ移転したため、前の仕事はありません。農地は半分もが5メートルの高さに積み上がったビニール袋(フレコンバッグ)に覆われています。各フレコンバッグには除染作業で集められた放射性廃棄物が目いっぱい詰め込まれています。つまり、農地を耕すこともほとんどできません。わざわざこの土地で育った作物を買いたいという人も多くありません。子どものいる夫婦は去っていったため、学校も閉鎖されました。学校がなければ子どもは戻りませんし、子どもが戻らなければ学校が再開されることもありません。親の多くは、細胞分裂が活発で放射能の影響を受けやすい子どもを、まだ汚染されている地域に戻そうとは思いません。お年寄りは「育った村で息を引きとりたい」と戻ってくる場合もあります。しかし過去5年間に移り住んだ土地で仕事を見つけ、人間関係を築いた若者は戻ろうとしません。村はもう取り返しのつかない被害を受けてしまったのです。住人が少なくなれば、病院や商店などのインフラも乏しくなります。それが一層、人々の帰還を難しくします。1つの村や町が発展するには何百年もかかることがあります。住民を5年もの間ちりぢりにしておいて、元通りに戻ってこいというわけにはいきません。1立法メートルの黒いフレコンバッグが1千万個、福島県の農村地帯を覆っています。福島原発事故の処理にかかる費用の見積もりは最近になってこれまでの2倍に引き上げられ、除染、賠償、廃炉を含めて21兆5000億円に上るとみられています。

「原子力村」に深く取り込まれた政府には誠実さのかけらもなく、電離放射線被害をめぐる先行き不透明感は悪影響を及ぼしています。世界的に、そして日本でも少し前までは、一般市民の被ばく線量が年間1ミリシーベルト(mSv)までと定められてきました。日本政府は基準値を年間20mSvへ引き上げ、ここまでの放射線量の地域であれば居住可能と宣言し、自主避難者のうち6531世帯に対する公的な住宅支援を2017年3月で打ち切ります。[2]しかし、福島原発などで就業した後に白血病を発症して労災が最近認定された原発作業員の累積被ばく量は19.8mSvでした。この数値で白血病が発症するにもかかわらず、一般市民が毎年20mSvの被ばくを許されるなど言語道断です。

凍土壁は部分的にしか機能していません。原子力規制委員会は、凍土壁で十分に地下水の侵入を食い止められていないと指摘しています。福島第一原発の敷地内に入り込んだ地下水は放射能で汚染されていきます。凍土壁はそもそも、地下の汚染水がその回りの土地を浸食して流れ出すまでの数年しか役割を果たせないと考えられています。そのため東京電力は、凍土壁に頼らずに地下水をくみ上げ、貯水タンクを倍に増やすことが求められています。東電にとっての新たな問題は、致死的に汚染された水が4つの原子炉建屋にたまっていた状態から、4つの建屋が入った巨大な「浴槽」にやはり致死的に危険な汚染水がたまっている状態へ変わったことです。凍土壁やその下の地盤に割れ目が生じれば、さらに大量の汚染水が環境中に流れ出すでしょう。『浴槽』内では「地下水に流れがないため汚染されない」という嘘もまかり通っています。しかし皆さん、浴槽の中にティーバッグをいくつか入れて数日も経過すれば、水が全て茶色に染まることはご存じでしょう。拡散という現象です。日本政府は福島第一原発をコンクリートで覆ってそのままにするという案を検討していましたが、世論の大きな反発に遭って撤回しました。

南相馬を流れる新田川の堆積物では1キログラム当たり2万9500ベクレル(Bq/kg)もの放射線量が確認されています。ちなみに、かつては100Bq/kgを超えると放射性廃棄物と定義されていました。福島の原発事故後は放射性廃棄物の基準値が8000Bq/kgに引き上げられました。

福島沖で捕獲された5000トンの魚やカニが中国経由でベトナムへ隠れて輸出され、不正確な表示で売られています。これは逮捕されて発覚した事例ですが、公になっていない事例はどれだけあることでしょうか。

ウッズホール海洋研究所によれば[3]、福島から流れてきた放射性セシウムが太平洋を渡り、今やオレゴン州沖で観測されています。

被害を低く見せかける数々の取り組みは、原発業界を存続させるためです。風力や太陽光による安全な発電がどんどん安くなっている[4]のに、恥ずかしいことです。

[1] www.psr.org/resources/fukushima-report-2016.htm

[2] www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/003439790

[3] www.ijpr.org/post/tests-find-lingering-radiation-japan-our-shores#stream/0

[4] www.cleantechnica.com/2016/12/25/cost-of-solar-power-vs-cost-of-wind-power-coal-nuclear-natural-gas

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Fukushima Update, summer 2016

Fukushima Update Summer 2016

Five years after the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, 400 tonnes a day of radioactive water continues to pour into the Pacific Ocean. There are now over 30 million 1-tonne, 1m3 black plastic bags containing radioactive debris from the ‘cleanup’, piling up along the coast, in fields, around blocks of flats, along the edge of school grounds. These bags were designed to last a maximum of 5 years but there is still no permanent home for them – and there won’t be until at least 2020.

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was built on an ancient riverbed. For the last five years, water coming from the hills behind the site has poured down this old riverbed, passing through the multiple cracks and holes in the basements of the reactor buildings, where it mixes with the escaped nuclear fuel, becoming radioactive before flowing on into the Pacific Ocean. About 400 tonnes a day. In order to stop this flow, site owners Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company) have attempted to surround the plant with an ‘ice wall’. Brine, cooled to -30 degrees C, passes through pipes set into the ground, freezing the soil around them. One problem with this is that the ice wall only goes down 30 metres. Any cracks, fissures or porosity in the bedrock beneath it will provide a route for the deadly contamination to find its way into the ocean – for centuries. Another problem is the risk of thawing should there be an interruption to the electricity required to freeze and maintain the ice wall – also for centuries. A third problem is that now the size of the pool of lethal water has been increased, from inside the building basements to the much larger area within the ice wall as well. In the event of an earthquake fracturing the ice wall or the bedrock beneath the site, this pool will escape. Also the newly waterlogged ground within the ice wall could cause the reactor buildings to subside. Tepco recently admitted that the ice wall will let through 50 tonnes of contaminated water a day anyway. Better than 400, but still a permanent ecological catastrophe.

Meanwhile, the 800,000 tonnes of poisoned water in tanks on the site remains a problem. Tepco claim to be filtering the worst radionuclides out through the ALPS filter process. This produces a thick, highly radioactive sludge which still needs to be stored. And the remaining water still contains tritium – radioactive hydrogen – which cannot be safely removed [1]. Tepco want to dump this in the Pacific, claiming that it will be diluted and therefore not a problem. However they are finding it hard to convince local people, including fishermen, that this is a good idea.

Last year Tepco finished removing the used nuclear fuel from reactor 4. But there are still tonnes of used nuclear fuel in large, swimming pool-like ‘spent fuel pools’ on top of reactor buildings 1, 2 and 3. These are harder to work on due to the massive levels of radioactivity in the buildings. Should another earthquake collapse the buildings or crack and drain the pools, the exposed fuel would catch fire and release massive amounts of radioactivity, causing a global catastrophe.

Tepco have begun preparations to empty spent fuel pool 3, which involves a new floor, 6 metres above the roof, with a 75 tonne crane, and 22 cameras so that workers can operate all this remotely. We’ll just have to wait and see how this turns out, again hoping nothing goes wrong.

Why are Tepco stopping work at Fukushima Daiichi for 2 days during the 42nd G7 summit? The venue is 700km away in Mie prefecture. Does work at Fukushima pose a risk to the bigwig delegates? If so, does it not also pose a risk to the citizens of Japan during the other 363 days of the year?

During the recent multiple earthquakes on the island of Kyushu, the Abe administration ordered NHK, the Japanese equivalent to the BBC, to only repeat government statements and consult no external experts. Not wanting anything to get in the way of restarting the other nuclear power plants?

Back in 2012, Prime Minister Noda established a policy to phase out nuclear power by 2030. Giving the impression that it represented the official views of the US, Washington DC-based think tank Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) was among those who strongly objected and when Shinzo Abe became PM in December 2012 he overturned the nuclear phase-out policy. In 2014 CSIS revealed that it had received at least $500,000 from Japan – one of its top three donors. Other CSIS donors from this time include a number of Japanese and US nuclear industry companies … [2] [3]

But perhaps the main feature of this 5th year of the catastrophe is the process of forgetting Fukushima. Having denied that there had even been a meltdown for the first two months, when they knew at the end of the first day they had one meltdown, and knew within three days that they had three meltdowns, Tepco and the Japanese government now insist that it is the evacuations and the fear of radiation that cause stress and death, not the radiation itself. Is it better that the population remain in place, quietly absorbing radiation, and concentrate on remaining cheerful and optimistic? Many of the 100,000 evacuees are to have their compensation cut off and are being told it’s safe to return to areas that have up to 20 milliSieverts a year (mSv/yr) of radiation. Yet in Chernobyl areas with 1-5mSv/yr were ‘areas with relocation rights’, while areas over 5mSv could not be lived in or even farmed. Under the Japanese Atomic Energy Basic Law, the maximum annual exposure limit for the public used to be set at 1 mSv. But people are now being forced to accept a revised threshold 20 times greater.

The word ‘radiophobia’ is being used to describe the Japanese peoples’ fear of radiation. As if fear were the problem and not the huge amounts of dangerous radioactivity initially released, and the chronic internal exposure to low-level radiation via the ingestion of contaminated food and water and the inhalation of radioactive dust. People whose kids run a high temperature, have nosebleeds, develop a cancer, are told that their worry about radiation is irrational. All so that the other nuclear power plants can be restarted, so that money can be made and ‘restoration’ can proceed, in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? This is, perhaps, the greatest crime to emerge from this tragedy.

[1]www.ianfairlie.org/news/fukushima-evaporating-tank-contents-is-not-the-solution/

[2] www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=15416

[3] http://carnegieendowment.org/2015/09/29/wagging-plutonium-dog-japanese-domestic-politics-and-its-international-security-implications-pub-61425

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福島 最新情報 2016年夏

福島第一原子力発電所で原子炉3基が炉心融解(メルトダウン)を起こしてから5年が過ぎました。1日400トンの汚染水が太平洋に流れ込み続けています。「除染作業」で出た汚染土は、重さ1トン、大きさ1立法メートルのビニール袋(フレコンバッグ)に入れられ、海辺や野原、住宅、学校の周りに3000万個以上も積み上げられています。フレコンバッグの耐用年数は最大5年とされていますが、いまだに汚染土の最終処理場は決まっていません。決まるのは2020年以降になる見通しです。

福島第一原発は昔の河床の上に建っています。この5年間、原発の後方にある岡から地下水がこの河床に流入し、いくつもの亀裂や穴を通じて原子炉の建屋底に入り込み、溶け出した核燃料と混ざって汚染された状態で太平洋に漏れ出しています。1日に約400トンもです。この流れを止めるため、東京電力は「凍土壁」で原発を囲おうとしています。摂氏マイナス30度の塩水を地下に埋設したパイプに通し、周囲の地盤を凍らせようというのです。問題の一つは、凍土壁の深さが地下30メートルにすぎないという点です。それより深くにある岩盤の亀裂や穴は、非常に危険な汚染水が何百年にもわたって海へ流れ込むルートであり続けます。二つ目の問題は、凍土壁を凍らせた状態で何世紀も維持するために必要な電力が途切れた場合、溶けてしまう恐れがあることです。三つ目の問題は、建屋の地下だけではなく、凍土壁で囲まれたもっと大きなエリアに汚染水が溜まることです。地震で凍土壁や原発の下にある河床が決壊すれば、ここに溜まった汚染水が流れ出します。さらには、凍土壁で囲まれた建屋を含む部分に水が溜まり地盤沈下を起こす可能性もあります。東電は最近、凍土壁が出来ても1日50トンの汚染水が流出することを認めました。400トンよりはましかもしれませんが、環境にとっては永久的な大惨事です。

一方、原発敷地内のタンクに収容されている80万トンの汚染水も問題として残ります。

東電は多核種除去設備(ALPS)のフィルターで最も影響の大きい放射性核種を取り除くとしています。しかしALPSを使えば放射性の泥が残り、それを保管する必要があります。しかもALPSではトリチウム(放射性水素)が取り除けず、これを安全に除去する方法はありません[1]。東電はALPSで処理した汚染水を太平洋に流す考えで、薄まるから問題はないと言い張っています。しかし、漁業関係者をはじめとする地元住民から賛同を得るのは難しいでしょう。

東電は昨年、第4号炉からの使用済み核燃料の取り出しを終えました。しかし第1~3号炉の建屋内にある大きな貯蔵プールにはまだ多数の使用済み核燃料が置かれています。建屋内の放射線量がとてつもなく高いため、除去作業は困難を極めます。また地震が来て建屋が壊れたり、プールに亀裂が入って水が漏れたりすれば、むき出しになった使用済み燃料に火がついて大量の放射線物質をまき散らし、世界的な大惨事を引き起こすことでしょう。

東電は第3号炉の貯蔵プールから使用済み燃料を取り出す準備を始めましたが、屋根の上方6メートルに新たな床を作り、75トンのクレーンを使い、22個のカメラを設置して作業員が遠隔作業できるようにしなければなりません。われわれは何事もないよう祈りながら、どのような結果が出るか見守るしかありません。

第42回目の先進7か国(G7)伊勢志摩サミットが開かれた際、東電は何故2日間にわたって福島第一原発での作業を中止したのでしょうか。開催地の三重県からは700キロも離れた場所です。福島第一原発での作業が、各国首脳を危険にさらすのでしょうか?もしそうなら、残り363日の毎日の作業で日本に住んでいる市民達を危険にさらしているのではないでしょうか。

熊本地震が起こり、安倍政権はNHKに対して、政府の公式見解だけを繰り返し、外部の専門家に意見を聞かないよう命じました。他の原発の再稼働を進めていく上で邪魔が入らないようにしたいのではないでしょうか。

2012年、当時の野田首相は2030年までに脱原発を目指す政策を打ち出しました。ワシントンDCにある米戦略国際問題研究所(CSIS)はあたかも米国政府の公式見解であるかのように見せかけながら政策に反対しました。安部首相が2012年12月に就任し、脱原発の方針は覆されました。CSISが2014年に公表した情報によると、日本から少なくとも50万ドルの寄付金を得ています。これは寄付金額の上位3位に入るほどで、他にも日本や米国の原発関連企業が寄付の提供者に名を連ねています。[2][3]

しかし、原発事故から5年目を最も特徴付けるのは、福島が忘れ去られようとしていることでしょう。事故初日には1基、3日以内には3基の原子炉でメルトダウンが起こったことが分かっていたにもかかわらず、東電と日本政府は最初の2カ月間この事実を否定してきました。今となっては、被曝そのものではなく、避難や被曝を心配することがストレスや死亡の原因になると主張しています。住民がその場にとどまり、黙って放射能を浴びながら、明るく楽しく暮らしていくのが良いとでも言うのでしょうか。避難した10万人のうち多くの人々への補償が打ち切られ、年間20ミリシーベルト(mSv)の放射線量の地域へは帰還しても安全だと言われるようになりました。チェルノブイリでさえ年間1~5

mSvの放射線量の地域は「移住権利ゾーン」に指定され、5mSvを超える場所では居住することも、農業を営むこともできません。日本の原子力基本法の附則では一般の線量限度が「1年間につき1mSV」と定められています。実際にはその20倍もの被曝を強いられているのです。

日本では「放射線恐怖症」という言葉が使われています。危険な放射性物質が大量に放出され、汚染された食品や水の摂取、放射性埃の吸気被曝で低線量の内部被曝を慢性的に強いられながら、あたかも恐れを抱くことが問題であるかのような表現です。子どもたちが熱や鼻血を出し、がんを発症しているのに、被曝を心配するのが非合理的だと言われるのです。他の原発を再稼働するために、経済的な利益を得るために、「復興」が進むために、そして 2020年の東京オリンピックに間に合うために?このことはおそらく、原発事故の悲劇から生ずる犯罪のうちで最大なものでしょう。

[1] http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/fukushima-evaporating-tank-contents-is-not-thesolution/

[2] http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=15416

[3] http://www.carnegieendowment.org/2015/09/29/wagging-plutonium-dog-japanesedomestic-politics-and-its-international-security-implications/ii96

文責:キック ニ・ ュークリアー http://www.kicknuclear.com

 

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