March 8 Demonstration: For a Better Future for Fukushima

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[Notice of postponement] March 8 Demonstration: For a Better Future for Fukushima

This meeting will be postponed in consideration of the situation where the spread of the new coronavirus is concerned.
We apologize to all potential speakers, prospective participants, and stakeholders, so we appreciate your understanding.
It is said that this one to two weeks is important to avoid the spread of the new coronavirus infection. Please take care of yourself.

February 27, 2020 (Thursday)

-Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes-

 

March 8 Demonstration: For a Better Future for Fukushima

The time has come to decommission Japan’s nuclear reactors and embrace renewable energy
Let’s aim for a new government with a no-nuclear agenda

Date: 14:00-16:00 March 8, 2020 (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)

An unprecedented earthquake struck eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, with the Tohoku region most severely hit. We’d like to acknowledge the ninth anniversary of the deaths of all the people in the disaster. Besides the devastation caused by the natural earthquake and tsunami, we must also never forget the man-made disaster brought by the Fukushima nuclear incident. Areas affected by the natural disaster can be rebuilt while people are unable to live in areas contaminated by radioactivity.       

Even though nine years have passed since the nuclear accident, many people are still living in evacuation centers and countless numbers of citizens have given up returning to their hometowns. In addition, there have been no resolutions to the nuclear power plant issues and decommission plans have stalled. It also remains unclear how the tritium-contaminated water will be treated. This year the Tokyo Olympics will be held even though the declaration of a nuclear emergency issued in 2011 has not been lifted. Should this year’s event be rebranded as the “Reconstruction Olympics”?       

Many voters acknowledge the dangers of the Fukushima nuclear situation and an overwhelming majority of people have called for the decommissioning of Japan’s nuclear power plants. Overseas, some countries are abandoning nuclear power and others are refusing to accept Japan’s nuclear exports. Despite this trend, the Abe administration has been promoting nuclear energy by reversing the path toward denuclearization introduced by the Democratic Party of Japan. This can be attributed at least partially to vested interests. Mr. Takaya Imai, Special Advisor to Prime Minister Abe, is an active proponent of nuclear energy and is often referred to as the shadow PM, clearly has vested interests.  

Nonetheless, the nuclear industry is on the decline. There is enough electricity without nuclear power and while constrained by government policy we know that there is sufficient potential in renewable energy going forward. The Pope, who visited Japan in 2019, spoke on behalf of the people when he urged a rethink of reliance on nuclear power. We need to get rid of the inept Abe administration and do what we can to realize a policy of zero nuclear energy before a full decade passes since the nuclear disaster. Fukushima can only truly recover and shine again once nuclear power has been abandoned. 

Guest speakers (titles omitted/Not in order of appearance)

<From Fukushima>
●Kaori Suzuki(Director of NPO Tarachine Clinic  @tarachineiwaki

<Well-known personalities>
●Tetsuji Imanaka(Nuclear Safety Research Group/Kyoto university)
●Eiji Oguma @quikion(sociologist)
●Keiko Ochiai(writer/manager of Crayon House)
●Kei Kamada(reportage writer/Sayonara Genpatsu 10 Million People’s Action)
●Naoto Kan @NaotoKan(member of the House of Representatives/former prime minister)
●Shigeaki Koga @kogashigeaki(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  @Dgoutokuji (rakugo performer/writer/book reviewer)
●Kei Nakazawa  @kei_nakazawa(writer)
●Osamu Nishitani(philosopher)
●Seiichi Mizuno @SeiichiMizuno(former president of Seibu Department Stores/Former member of the House of Councilors <Chairman of new party Sakigake>)
●Jiro Yamaguchi @260yamaguchi(Civil Alliance for Peace and Constitutionalism/Professor of Hosei University)

Others: To be determined 

Politicians: To be determined

<Live Performances>

/>Fukushima Bottoms
Made up of musicians mainly from Fukushima who have a deep love for the region and often perform there.

 

 

*Members:
Yoko Kumagai (accordion)
Shizuru Otaka (vocals) @sizzlechan http://sizzle-ohtaka.com/
Ayumi Matsui (violin)
Koji Shanti (didgeridoo)
Yosuke Anzai(bass)
Shinji Endou(drums)
Masahiko Sato(guitar)

Hisato Yamamoto (guitar/vocal)
MOST, Higashiguchi Toluenes, M.J.Q, hisatonchatani, shidamyojin, etc.
Mainly hisatonchatani and solo in 2019 @hisato_yamamoto http://www.hisatoyamamoto.com/

 

 

 

 

 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.
● 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”)
● 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 “1110 kampa” in the reference section.


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 as content can sometimes be misused.
Inquiries:
Email: info@coalitionagainstnukes.jp

 


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 “1110 kampa” 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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