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Message for the 7th anniversary of Fukushima Nuclear Accident (2018) from Ruiko Muto, Head of the Group of Plaintiffs against Tepco and Spokesperson of the Group Women of Fukushima

Ruiko Muto                Member of Fukushima Women Against Nuclear Power Chair of the Complainants for the Criminal Prosecution of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

To all whosethoughts are with Fukushima

It’s been seven years since the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster on 11th of March 2011. I would like to wholeheartedly say thank you to all the Fukushima supporters.

These days in Fukushima, we often hear such words as “repatriation,” “reconstruction,” and “health creation.” With the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 approaching, a huge investment has been made to redevelop disaster-struck areas. Research centres for decommissioning technology and for robotics, wind farms, mega solar parks, as well as biomass generators are being build in severely devastated coastal areas as a part of “Innovation Coast Project.” Futaba Town, one of the most heavily contaminated areas located in the immediate vicinity of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, plans to host an archive centre to record damage inflicted by the disaster, and an industrial centre in an attempt to attract study trips from high schools. Fukushima Prefecture is soon reopening the whole length of a major motorway on the eastern coast, trying to repatriate all the Fukushima evacuees.

On the other hand, however, there are a string of human rights violations on a huge scale. The current repatriation scheme does not mean that you can return to a thoroughly decontaminated, safe area. Instead, it means that you have to live with the contamination as long as the dose is claimed to be under 20 millisieverts a year. This threshold is 20 times higher than the allowable dose for citizens everywhere in the world before the disaster. There are no publicly funded recuperative support plans for the repatriated children. Financial compensations and housing subsidies are cut even if you decide not to return. There are people who have no choice but to return to the still-contaminated area for financial reasons. Some are resigned to become homeless and others have felt so devastated that they have taken their own lives. Some evacuee families have been sued  for eviction from their shelters. In the UN Human Rights Council, four member states have recommended corrective actions over the human rights situation in Japan.

The situation within the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant also remains highly critical. There are now over 800 tanks, each of which contains 1000 tons of tritium-contaminated water. The current and previous chairmen of the Nuclear Regulation Authority have insisted that pouring the tritium-contaminated water into the ocean is the only solution, and they are attempting to gain consent from local authorities. For me, this is the first ocean I saw in my life as a four-year old girl. I can still picture the scenery in my mind. It was one of the three greatest fishing places in the world, with rich marine life. The ocean connects many places all over the world. Now that Fukushima Nuclear Disaster has already caused massive radioactive contamination of the ocean, I don’t wish to exacerbate it by letting the contaminated water in the tanks flow in, further contaminating the ocean. It is unbearable for me that the government is indeed trying to promote such an action despite the fact that they should  be trying to stop it. The local fishing industry is desperately trying to prevent the release of tritium-contaminated water into the ocean. I have to ask you all over the world to raise your voice with them.

The number of people in Fukushima Prefecture having thyroid cancer, or having large cysts that indicate possible thyroid cancer, has risen to 193. The Oversight Committee for Fukushima Health Management Survey continues to insist that it is “unlikely” that the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster caused the surge in the number. What is worse, it turned out last year that there were unreported thyroid cancer cases. People who were deemed “in need of follow-up observation” at the first screening and then individually received thyroid cancer diagnosis before going through the next screening, did not appear in the statistics. Faced with criticism from some committee members and citizens, Fukushima Medical University has decided to look into the matter. The investigation, however, is supposed to take as long as two years. Despite the fact that this survey is the only one that examines the health conditions of Fukushima victims, not even a correct result has been provided. There are also people trying to diminish the scope of the health survey, using phrases like “overdiagnosis,” “a health survey in school violates human rights,” or “people have rights not to know.” I think Fukushima Prefecture, which refused to even distribute iodine at the beginning of the nuclear accident, has a responsibility to continue carrying out the thyroid cancer survey.

Two years ago I was surprised to learn that high school students visited Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to observe decommissioning works. Now Fukushima University has also started to provide students with opportunities to visit the plant as a part of their curriculum. With the aim of developing robots that can be used for decommissioning work, technology students from all over Japan are encouraged to join robotics competitions in Fukushima. Commutan Fukushima, a facility in my town built for the purpose of radiation education, helps children learn through visual aids and games. There have been 100 thousand visitors during the year since its opening. There I had an opportunity to read messages left by visitors. Many children wrote “I was scared of radioactivity, but I am glad to be reassured that it exists in the natural environment and foods, ”  or “if everyone learns here, Fukushima will no longer be discriminated.” As such, the aim of the facility seems far from educating the children how to acknowledge and protect themselves from the danger of radioactive substances that still surround us.

Meanwhile, various lawsuits are going on in order for the victims to be properly compensated, to correct administrative procedures, or to demand criminal convictions for those responsible for the disaster. In a civil case, the court decided that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the Japanese government neglected necessary precautionary measures against Tsunami. More judgments are expected this year. Hearings of the case brought by 14 thousand complainants for the criminal prosecution of TEPCO executives finally started last June. Although the three former top executives of TEPCO pleaded not guilty, prosecutors started the legal procedure with ample documents and facts to prove TEPCO’s negligence over the risk of Tsunami. I would like everyone to keep an eye on the proceedings. We are collecting signatures to petition for a truly fair trial. We have an English version of the petition form ready on our website: http://kokuso-fukusimagenpatu.blogspot.co.uk/p/please-sign-petition.html

This winter was very cold in Fukushima, too. Under the icy ground, however, plant seeds are waiting to sprout in the spring. Let’s not forget to dream about a new era, while living this moment with sincerity. Let’s keep our solidarity, just like oceans unite the world.

March 2018


(Translated by JAN UK)

会津磐梯山リミックス2015

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You can listen to the exclusive remixes of Aizu-Bandaisan (a folk song from Fukushima) that were created for our anti-nuclear Kazaguruma Demo – Remember FUKUSHIMA – held on March 7th, 2015 in Berlin.  Enjoy a wide variety of 14 songs!

https://sayonaranukesberlin.bandcamp.com/album/remix-for-fukushima

Our deepest appreciation goes to the artists who devoted their time and effort voluntarily to this project.  Thank you so much!!

Please note:   The artists who provided the songs retain the copyrights and duplication of the copyrighted material for commercial use without permission is prohibited.

 

Sayonara Nukes Berlin

ベクレルフリーライフのすゝめ。

横浜の市民測定所の創立者のおひとりである高雄先生から、ほとんどの食品の6割が測定不可・非検出を表す中、この半年の測定で汚染が目立ってきている食品についてお話しいただいた。なめこ、レンコン、銀杏、干し芋、大豆、タラ、栗などがそうだ。他に注意が必要なものは、山菜、タケノコ、淡水魚などがある。森の中の野生動物や植物等に未だチェルノブイリの被害の残るドイツを例に見ても、野山や森林では放射線汚染の被害が半永久的に循環され続けることがわかる。

麦・麦製品、米などに至っては、福島の作物に比べ神奈川の作物の被害が顕著に見られる。これは当時、神奈川の気温の方が東北に比べてあたたかく稲穂が開いていた事などが要因に考えられている。ただこれらは全てセシウムのみの測定結果で、人体に同じく深刻な被害をもたらし、カルシウムに置き換えられ骨にたまるストロンチウムは、その測定も、高価な機械の維持も難しく調査が追いついていない。ストロンチウムがセシウムほど飛距離を持たず、近郊に降り注いだであろう事は、多くの専門家の推測にも見られるのでご存じの方も多いかと思う。

チェルノブイリの被害報告にも、ナッツ系などの木の実、芋(干すことで上がる)などは例があるが、水産物においては海を持たないチェルノブイリは例にならない。タラということでは来場の主婦らからおでんなど加工された食品はどうかとの不安の声も上がった。

この他に日本の緑茶の汚染状況が問題に上がったが、ドイツでもチェルノブイリ以後、自国をはじめとするヨーロッパの一部の食品、中には60000Bqという検査結果を出したものもあったというトルコの紅茶、ドイツではおよそ80%がトルコからの輸入に頼っていると言われるヘーゼルナッツの汚染のその後にも不安が残る。セシウムの半減期は30年。30年を経ても半分の数値が残るということだ。ドイツの測定所は現在ミュンヘンに残る一か所で、放射線防護協会のデアゼー氏の話によると、ドイツでは既にこれらの調査は打ち切られているそうだ。同じく氏の話によれば、ドイツに輸入される日本食品は日本で定められた基準値が守られ、諸外国からの食品においてはドイツの基準値で輸入されるとあったが、報道によると現在ではドイツ水際での測定は5%とほとんどされていない。こうした中、高雄先生が話された通り、測定所ができる事は測定結果の発表をしていく事だけだ。数字を見て何を思うか、どう選択していくかはあくまで私たち個人の問題なのである。

先日は長男を連れて2週間ほどの一時帰国、日本は秋の味覚を楽しんでいる真っ最中であった。レストランや電車のつり広告にも、秋の味覚をうたった色とりどりのメニューが並ぶ。私にとっても好きな物ばかり。しかしながら不安とむやみにたたかう事を避け、話にあった食品をはじめ、水産物に至ってはまったく摂取を避けて過ごした。高雄先生のお話を聞き、全ての食品が汚染されているわけではないのだとわかり、気持ちが和らいだ。高雄先生も私たちも人々の不安をかき立て煽る事を目的として、こうした活動をしているわけではない。ゼロとはいくまいと思う。だが少しの知識と努力で回避できる事は多い。住んでいればこんなことはやっていられないはずとあきらめないで欲しい。私もここ、ヨーロッパはドイツに居住をおいても気を付けている食品のキーワード群がある。チェルノブイリの汚染も未だ終わってはいないのだ。

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滞在中、妹夫婦に連れられて港北のセンター北にある自然食品を扱う「ナチュラル&ハーモニック レストラン&カフェ コア」(http://www.naturalharmony.co.jp/coa/20110927coaLP.html)にて、話には聞いていた”ベクレルフリー”なディナーをご馳走になった。多彩な調理方法で自然栽培された野菜それぞれの味が生きたこちらのワンプレートは、視覚にも美しく、大変おいしかった。何より、滞在中に食べたどの名店の食事より、心安らかに味わえた。このレストランに併設されたショップでは、非検出、もしくは基準値以下の検出を全て明らかにした野菜や果物、スイーツも各種販売される。詳細はHPにてご確認いただきたい。(http://www.dreamnews.jp/press/0000047660/)

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一部の企業の宣伝をするつもりはないのだが素直に嬉しいと感じたので、数年前から首都圏での人気を博した男前豆腐店(http://otokomae.jp/index_jpn.html)。直営店でなくとも巷のスーパーに商品が並ぶようになり、いずれもおいしく、パッケージも洒落ている。本社を京都に構えるこの豆腐会社の商品ラベルに”放射能検査済み“の文字。HPではゲルマニウム半導体検出器検査結果の詳細を紹介している。こうした各社の真摯な企業努力に惜しみなく応援と感謝の意を表したい。

高雄先生のお話では、食事会の開催などベクレルフリーレストランを応援するも、だからと言って店に来客が増えるなどの反響が少ないため、努力してくれる店舗の拡大を妨げているようだ。私の周囲にも日頃から気を遣い、通販の野菜などの購入に踏み切った家庭も少なくないが、やむなく一般のレストランで食事する例が多い。お近くのベクレルフリーレストランで、家族そろって心からおいしい食事を楽しんでいただきたいと思った。私たちがこうした選択をする事は、真のベクレルフリーライフにつながりはしないだろうか。R

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・横浜市民測定所 http://www.ycrms.net/

・日本全国での測定結果の統合を目指すフォーラム http://minnanods.jimdo.com/

Fina und Dylan von Lysergic

5月中旬、迫る6月2日の環境フェスティバルの参加に向けて、メンバー各自がそれぞれのプロジェクトをスタートさせていた。

3月9日の反原発集会でもバッヂのデザインを快く提供してくださったVj Chuu氏は、再びふたつ返事でやりましょう! とその心意気を見せた。今回は環境フェスティバルという事で、販売するすべてのものは、エコロジーもしくはBIO(ドイツのオーガニックの総称)でなくてはならない。LysergicのFinaとDylanの賛同とボランティアでの協力を得て、エコロジー素材でのエコバッグやTシャツのプリントをシルクスクリーンで製作することになった。

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