Posted on October 14th, 2018

Time to debate the basic plan for nuclear phase out!
No more nuclear power restarts!
Let’s aim for a non-nuclear government.

Time/date: 14:00-16:00, November 11, 2018 (Sunday)
Location: In front of the main gate of parliament building
*No protest in front of PM’s official residence
Organizer: Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes (MCAN)

The presidential election for the LDP ended in disappointment with Shinzo Abe winning his third term. Despite Shigeru Ishiba looking to turn the tide, most LDP Diet members towed the party line with the re-election of Abe. The government is being run by a political party that leaves us little hope due to its unwillingness to make any self-improvement in any of its policies, let alone its approach to nuclear power. The premise of Japan being a democracy is being eroded and many people are waiting eagerly for the birth of a new government.

The government continues to push ahead with the restart of nuclear power facilities despite the fact issues associated with the accident of years ago have still not been resolved. It is also trying to release some 90 tons of contaminated water from the Fukushima incident, which contains radioactive tritium, into the sea, but this move is being harshly criticized in public hearings. In addition, the government has decided on a policy to remove around 2,400 monitoring posts in Fukushima Prefecture ahead of the 2020 Olympics as if the nuclear accident never occurred. Local residents continue to voice their disapproval of this also.

There is now a worldwide trend toward renewable energy, especially as costs come down, and in Japan companies are working on renewable energy projects. Despite this, the government continues to hinder the proliferation of renewable energy, for example by establishing a policy to more than halve the price of solar power purchased from businesses and households in the feed-in-tariff system for renewable energy, which is in addition to issues with electric power production and supply.

The Abe administration has shelved the basic nuclear-free plan being advocated by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and other opposition parties and refuses to discuss it in ordinary sessions of the Diet despite overwhelming public support for abandoning nuclear power. On top of this, a decision was made by the cabinet on the 5th Strategic Energy Plan, which is based on the premise of maintaining and promoting nuclear power. Ambitions for a nuclear-free Japan will remain a long way off so long as the Abe administration is in power. The upper house election in 2019 provides a great opportunity to bring about a new administration focused on making Japan nuclear-free. Let’s all do what we can to make this a reality.

Nov 11 No Nukes Demonstration Details here: #NoNukes


Guest speakers and live performances

Prominent figures (not in order of appearance):
● Yasuo Onukiformer NHK Europe director/Executive director of Free Press Association of Japan)
Rika Kayama (Psychiatrist)
● Naoto Kan (former PM/member of House of Representatives)
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)
● Koya Suzuki (musical writer/translator)
● Koichi Nakano (Sophia University professor/Citizens’ Coalition promoter)
● Kanna Mitsuta (Head of secretariat, International environmental NGO FoE Japan)
● Yukiko Mukai (Director of Okinawa Kuminosato/Joint representative of the Chernobyl Children’s Fund)
● Ruiko Muto (Chair of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs/ Joint Representatives of Hidanren (the Liaison Committee for Organizations of Victims of the Nuclear Disaster))
● Kenichi Yamakawa (writer/Tohoku University of Art & Design professor)

Politicians speeches (to be determined)

Live Performances
Fukushima Bottoms
● Tokuichi Shinohara
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 “1111 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.




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