Weekly vigil outside Japanese Embassy

Every Friday [work day] members of Kick Nuclear and JAN UK hold a vigil outside the Japanese Embassy on Piccadilly in London to remember Fukushima and to protest against nuclear power.

The vigil begins at 10:00am GMT to coincide with the vigils held in Tokyo at 6:00pm JST, outside the Prime Minister’s residence and outside the Diet (Parliamentary) building. These two vigils are attended by hundreds of people. Dozens more such vigils are held across Japan, in the USA and in other parts of the world.

At noon, the London vigil moves to outside the London office of Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company), the company in charge of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Those attending the London vigil hand out the Kick Nuclear Fukushima newsletter and various flyers to passersby. Once a month a letter to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mr Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom is read out. Sometimes poems are read and speeches made. Sometimes members of the Nipponzan Miyohoji Buddhist order participate with chanting and drumming.

On 5th February 2016 the vigil was joined by Reverend Yuichi Kamoshita and Sarasa Aihara. Kamoshita and Aihara are key members of the peaceful protest movement against the US military base in Okinawa and were in London during a speaking tour of Europe.

After the vigil, they held a conversation about their work and about Fukushima with Lis Fields, member of Kick Nuclear.