Posted on June 13th, 2018

Zero nuclear power and no reactor reboots!

~Pushing for a fundamental review of the Basic Energy Plan and a stop to the Japan-U.S. Nuclear Cooperation Agreement and nuclear fuel cycle~

Date: 17:00~19:00 July 7, 2018 (Saturday)
Venue: In front of parliament building main gate (south garden side)
*No protest in front of PM’s official residence
Organizer: Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes (MCAN)

Japan’s Fifth Basic Energy Plan was announced on May 16, 2018. Despite referring to renewable energy as a core power source, it also continues to position nuclear power as an important base-load power source and maintains the current figures for Japan’s energy mix. The target of 20-22% nuclear power in FY2030 will be extremely difficult to achieve without the construction of new nuclear facilities, however.

In this draft, maintaining nuclear power is stated as an option to help Japan decarbonize, but it makes no sense to treat decarbonized power generation and the use of dangerous nuclear material in the same way. The draft also states that nuclear power is required to raise energy self-sufficiency, but a premise to this is the treatment of uranium imported as nuclear material and re-processed as “semi home-grown energy.” This is deceptive logic and merely a push to promote nuclear energy.

Despite the fact that some people still cannot return home due to radioactive contamination from the devastating nuclear accident of March 11, 2011, the Abe administration continues to ignore overwhelming public opinion on nuclear energy, clinging to the status quo to appease certain interests. Japan is falling behind the global trend toward natural energy, instead sticking to an irresponsible plan to promote dangerous nuclear power while having no idea how to deal with radioactive waste.

Nuclear power is no longer the savior it was once heralded to be, but rather a monument of negativity with the ability to destroy humankind. If we don’t abolish it as soon as possible, many people understand that this will only result in us leaving a very negative legacy for future generations. No matter how desperate the Abe administration is to restart nuclear facilities, the fact of the matter is that nuclear power currently covers less than 2% of Japan’s power. The government’s energy policy should therefore be completely overhauled without delay.

July 7 Demonstration for a Nuclear Free Japan & A Better Future Details here: http://coalitionagainstnukes.jp/en/2018/06/13/07/ #NoNukes


Guest speakers and live performances

Prominent figures (not in order of appearance):

    • Rika Kayama (Psychiatrist)
    • Caitlin Stronell (Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center)
    • Shigeaki Koga (Former Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry official/ representative of Forum 4, a social movement supporting both pacifism and structural reform of the economy)
    • Kei Nakazawa (author)
    • Osamu Nishitani (philosopher/Specially Appointed Professor at Rikkyo University)
    • Shunsuke Hirose (landscape designer/ Former associate professor of Graduate School of the Tohoku University of Art and Design)
    • Hajime Mikami (former mayor of Kosai City/facilitator for Mayors for a Nuclear Power Free Japan )
    • Shin Yamaaki (writer/Team Zero Net (WAN))
    • Eiichi Yoshimura (editor/writer)

To be announced

<Opening live act>
Ruiko Enjoji
*Plans subject to change

Nearest stations:
Kokkaigijidomae (Marunouchi, Chiyoda lines / Exits 3, 4)
Nagatacho (Yurakucho, Hanzomon, Namboku lines / Exit 1)
Tameike Sanno (Namboku, Ginza lines / Exit 5; Also passage to Kokkaigijidomae Stn.)
Kasumigaseki (Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Hibiya lines / Exits A8, A13)
Sakuradamon (Yurakucho line / Exits 1, 2)

Please help us with a donation for this event

This event is run solely on donations from ordinary citizens. Please help us to continue our work with a donation.

○From Japan Post Bank (at Post Offices):
Account name: シュトケンハンゲンパツレンゴウ (“Shutoken han-genpatsu rengo”)
Account number: 00170-1-291074
○If you deposit from another bank, use the branch number 019 with 0291074 as the account number (Account type: Toza (当座)).
*Please put “0707 kanpa” in the reference section.

Johnan Shinkin Bank
Yokohama Branch
Branch number: 063
Account type: Ordinary (Futsuu 普通)
Account number: 285654
Account name: シュトケンハンゲンパツレンゴウ (“Shutoken han-genpatsu rengo”)


○This is a non-violent action. Please only participate upon understanding of this policy.
○Please make appropriate preparations for weather, especially fluid for rehydration and rain gear.
○Approach staff if you feel unwell.
○Solicitation to participate in religious or other groups is strictly prohibited.
○Please do not distribute any printed material to participants that has not first been approved by organizers.
○No flyer distribution or petitions allowed.
○Please leave ample space for pedestrians.
○Please make sure flags are directly related to the anti-nuclear movement.
○For camera and video operators, please provide affiliation and contact details if asked by staff.


Email: info@coalitionagainstnukes.jp


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