March 10 No Nukes Demonstration: “Together with Fukushima”

Posted on February 11th, 2019

March 10 No Nukes Demonstration: “Together with Fukushima” :
Marking 8 years since the Fukushima disaster
~Toward to Birth of a Nuclear-Free Society~
Halt facility restarts! A new party with nuclear-free ambitions!

Date: 14:00~16:00 March 10, 2019 (Sunday)
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)

Although eight years have passed since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi following the Great East Japan Earthquake, there is still no resolution to the issue while many people are still without homes. Despite this, the Abe aministration continues to lead Japan into the mire, ignoring overwhelming public opinion concerning nuclear energy. The government is also pushing for the export of nuclear technology as its signature policy in addition to promoting nuclear energy at home.

It seems the government would rather sweep the whole incident under the carpet as it gears up for the Tokyo Olympics. Prime Minister Abe has falsely claimed to the world that the contaminated water from Fukushima Daiichi is under control in order to entice people to the Olympics. The contaminated water actually continues to leak into the sea and many difficulties remain in processing the tritium water stored on-site, thus affecting decommissioning plans.

Following the Fukushima disaster, a decision was made to decommission 10 units from seven facilities (not including Fukushima Daiichi) while there has also been immense local opposition in areas seeking to restart facilities that have passed screening. In addition, the nuclear exports have been sorely hampered by financial difficulties. The chairman of Keidanren (Federation of Economic Organizations), long a proponent of the political powers regarding nuclear energy, stated that nuclear power could not be created without public consent and that national debate was essential, all the while continuing to call for restarts.

Many countries around the world are looking to go nuclear free on the basis of lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster. Yet it is Japan, the only country to have suffered at the hands of a nuclear attack and the country suffering through this latest nuclear disaster, that ought to take the lead. The policies of the current government continue to hinder progress in this area, however. Nonetheless, the Constitutional Democratic Party and key opposition parties have submitted a basic bill promoting a nuclear-free Japan that calls for an immediate halt to nuclear power.

In 2019, we hope to see a change in the political landscape. We must seize the opportunity in the upcoming upper house elections and work toward the creation of a society free of nuclear power. Join us once again in front of parliament to express your opinion.

 

Guest speakers (titles omitted)

●Misao Fujita (Medical Director of the NPO Tarachine Iwaki Citizens Radiation Monitoring Center)

Prominent figures (not in order of appearance):
●Karin Amemiya (writer/activist)
●Yasuo Onuki (former NHK Europe Director General/ Executive director of Free Press Association of Japan)
●Eiji Oguma (historical sociologist)
●Rika Kayama (psychiatrist)
●Naoto Kan (former prime minister/member of the 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)
●Danshiro Tatekawa (comic story teller/writer/book reviewer)
●Osamu Nishitani (philosopher/specially-appointed professor at Rikkyo University)

<Live Performances>

●Fukushima Bottoms
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
●Rikuo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Plans subject to change

Access

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”)


Notes:

○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.

Inquiries:

Email: info@coalitionagainstnukes.jp

 

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