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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)

3月11日に思う。

March 11th.

My thoughts and prayers go to those who had lost their lives, who had lost loved ones and who had lost their homes by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster in Japan.

This year will mark the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Do you remember the horrific pictures of the explosion at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant? Trillions of becquerels of radiation have been diffused and contaminated water has been running into the Pacific Ocean. The government doesn’t know yet what to do with increasing radioactive waste and countless bags of decontamination waste are stored in eastern Japan.

Approximately 80,000 people still live in temporary housing as their homes remain uninhabitable due to radioactive contamination. Chernobyl proved that long-term exposure to even very low levels of radiation can cause health damage. In Germany eight reactors are still in operation and the recent accidents of Belgium’s aging nuclear plants worry neighboring countries. After Fukushima, Europe is now again faced with danger.

There is no official accusation of TEPCO, who is responsible for the accident. Without learning its lesson from the Fukushima disaster, the Japanese government is eager to restart nuclear power plants and has just restarted four reactors. Many of the Fukushima evacuees will have to choose to return home as the government will lift the evacuation order in 2017. This also means the government will no longer have to pay compensation to evacuees. Instead of securing continuous fair support for the evacuees, Japan is going to pour 1.8 trillion Yen (15 billion euros) into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. Not only that, Japan is selling nuclear technology to India, Turkey, and Vietnam and the major Japanese manufacturers of nuclear power plants are trying to make profits outside of Japan, together with European companies.

 

A voice from Fukushima (Interviewed Feb. 2016)

I fled from my home and am currently living 80km away from the nuclear power plant. We are facing a huge dilemma –  we will soon be forced to move out from our temporary housing. Due to political decisions we are being forced to return home, but I’m very concerned about radioactive exposure and I’m worried about whether we can earn enough money to live on. 

It makes me angry when I hear politicians discussing sending us back home. I think they are taking radiation issues too lightly! They decontaminated the residential areas and the government announced the lifting of the evacuation order because they said that the level of radiation has gone down. But do you think anyone wants to live in a place surrounded by bags of radioactive decontamination waste?

When Tokyo was selected for the 2020 Olympic games and Japan was full of excitement about that news, I felt that something was terribly wrong. I felt that the suffering and the pain of those who were affected was totally ignored and I felt hurt by the TV coverage that acted as though the nuclear accident never happened. I try not to think about the Olympics and I don’t want to watch the news because I believe it is manipulated.

 

We forget easily what we can’t see. But the invisible radiation continues threatening our planet and lives. Leaving a negative legacy of unsolved nuclear waste for future generations is no longer ethically permitted. Nuclear energy and human beings cannot co-exist as Chernobyl and Fukushima testified. The energy transition in Germany is not enough to solve global issues. Until all nuclear reactors are decommissioned and uranium mining is stopped worldwide, we will be faced with danger. If you feel that nuclear energy isn’t necessary, say it out loud! Every one of us is a part of political decision-making. You might think your voice won’t be heard, but all our voices together can make a difference.

Please join us at Kazaguruma Demo on 19th March in Berlin –  “Fukushima and Chernobyl urge Nuclear Phase-Out Worldwide!”

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Learn more : 100 Good Reasons against nuclear power     http://100-gute-gruende.de/index.xhtml

 

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

核のない未来へと希望をのせて「かざぐるまデモ」2015

3月7日、東京電力福島第1原発事故から4年が経つのを前にベルリンで反原発デモを行いました。
ドイツ人、日本人、韓国人、イスラエル人などベルリンに住む市民ら約700人が参加しました。
Anti-Atom-Berlin(アンチアトムベルリン)、NaturFreunde Berlin e.V(ナトゥアフロインデ)、ドイツの反原発、自然保護団体2団体との共催で行いました。
今回は「福島を忘れないで!」をテーマに、原発事故を風化させないこと、日本の原発再稼動・原発の海外輸出に反対するとともに、世界のすべての原発の早期廃炉と再生可能エネルギーへの転換を求めました。
核のない未来へとの希望をかざぐるまに象徴し、昨年に続き今年も「かざぐるまデモ」と名付けたデモ。前日まで雨が降っていましたが、見事に晴れ、かざぐるまが風を受け勢いよく回っていました。

Puppe’n Muckeのライブ演奏がはじまりの合図となり、ブランデンブルク門前に集まった人々の注目を浴びました。その後、ブランデンブルク門前を舞台にSayonara Nukes Berlinから梶川ゆうさんが開会のあいさつをし、「福島の原発事故はいつでもどこでも起こりえます。放射能まみれの地球を次世代に残してはいけません」と訴えました。
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参加者は東日本大震災での犠牲者と世界中で放射能の被害に遭った人々に黙とうをしました。
福島県の民謡「会津磐梯山」に合わせてかんしょ踊りのレクチャーをした後、BodyPoetとTakushi&Friendsによるかんしょ踊りのダンスパフォーマンスが行われ、「Jetzt los!」(さぁ出発)の掛け声でデモが出発しました。
かんしょ踊りとは福島県会津地方に伝わる踊りで、他の反原発アクションシーンでも踊られています。
アンチアトムの横断幕「FUKUSHIMA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI ATOMTOD STOPP 福島 広島 長崎 被曝死ストップ」(ママ)、女優の木内みどりさんから届いた横断幕「DON’T FORGET FUKUSHIMA」を先頭にデモは進んでいきました。
参加者は「会津磐梯山」のリミックス曲に合わせ、踊ったり、リズムにノったりしながらベルリンの中心街をデモ行進しました。
リミックス曲は公募し、ドイツ、フランス、イギリス、メキシコ、日本から15人のミュージシャン、DJからの応募がありました。そのうちの数曲をDJ SiSeNが演奏しました。
ひょっとこ、おかめ、きつねのお面を被ったり、和装をしたり、法被を着たりして踊る様子は観光客や道行く人々の目を引いていました。
最終地点Potsdamer Platz(ポツダマープラッツ)に到着後、日本で「のりこえねっと」(ヘイトスピーチとレイシズムを乗り越える国際ネットワーク)の共同代表をしている辛淑玉(シンスゴ)さんのあいさつがありました。
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Anti-Atom BerlinのBernd Lisekさんが閉会のあいさつをしました。
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最後はPuppe’n Muckeのライブ演奏で締めくくりました。
デモに参加した保育士のカタリーナ・ヴァルケンティンさん(26)は「原発事故は健康被害や環境破壊をもたらします。原発ではなく再生可能エネルギーに転換すべき。子どもの未来のためにも原発はなくすべきです」と話していました。

わたし自身、2回目の参加となる「かざぐるまデモ」。集会が始まる前にワークショップで作ったかざぐるまを参加者や観光客に渡していると、ブランデンブルク門を見に来た日本人観光客が参加しますとかざぐるまを受け取ってくれたり、かざぐるまを受け取ったスペイン語圏の観光客が「一体何をしているの?」と聞いてきて、説明するとわたしたちの主旨に賛同してくれたりと昨年より事前にデモを知らなかった人たちが関心を寄せてくれたようにじました。ライブがあったり、音楽が流れていたという雰囲気が飛び入りのデモへの参加をしやすくしたのではないかと思います。残念ながら東京電力福島第1原発事故を知らない外国の方もおり、時間の経過とともに特に海外では関心が薄れていきがちになってしまうことですが、世界の問題として、日本のみなさんとも連帯し、続けていくことが大切だと改めて感じました。

「かざぐるまデモ」やります! ”フクシマを忘れないで!”  かんしょ踊りで大行進 07.03.2015

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Kazaguruma-Demo to mark the 4th Anniversary of FUKUSHIMA

Sa. March 7th, 2015,  from 13:00 Uhr Brandenburger Tor

 Sayonara Nukes Berlin, Anti-Atom-Berlin and NaturFreunde will hold its third anti-nuclear public rally “Kazaguruma Demo” on March 7, 2015. Our motto will be: “Vergesst FUKUSHIMA nicht! (Remember FUKUSHIMA!)”.

We will march through the city center of Berlin holding Kazaguruma (pinwheel in Japanese) to remember the lesson learned through the Fukushima disaster and call for a nuclear-free future. 

To show our respect to the culture that the people in the Fukushima region embrace, we will dance one of their traditional folk dances “Kansho-Odori”with remix music of a popular folk song from Fukushima called “Aizu-Bandaisan” in our parade.  

Join us and dance with us!

* Kazaguruma (pinwheels) will be distributed during the opening of the demo on 07.03.

http://kazagurumademo.de/

What does “Kansho-Odori” look like?  Check this out! =>  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofDNxVGFpC0

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2014年3月8日かざぐるまデモ@ベルリン

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Join our Anti-Atom Kazaguruma Demo!

8th March, 2014
13:00 ~
Brandenburger Tor (Platz des 18.März am Brandenbruger Tor)

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3 Years have almost passed since the first day of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan. Is the Japanese government really doing its best to solve this global problem? And are the energy policies around the world really going the right direction?

We, as human beings, have the right to live without the fear of the dangers of nuclear power. Join us in this global rally for cleaner energy. The theme this time would be kazaguruma (little hand made wind mills), now a symbol for energy transition.

-After performances and speeches at Brandenburger tor gate, we will march to the Japanese embassy

-Performances will include a Satirical Comedy dance theater group organized by Bodypoet (Kazuma Glen Motomura) and GreenPeace Solar Drums etc.

-Come as you are, but with your own little kazaguruma (windmill), or signs would be great.

How to make one; http://sayonara-nukes-berlin.org/?p=507&lang=de

We, Sayonara Nukes Berlin, along with Anti-Atom Berlin, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Schacht KONRAD e.V., NatureFreunde Berlin e.V. will conduct an anti-nuclear demo in solidarity with the Sayonara Nukes movement originating from Fukushima, Japan.
We will submit an open letter to the Japanese government urging discontinuation of nuclear energy, evacuation support for people of contaminated areas (it is voluntary and not supported by the government), and better action against urgent matters.

Facebook Event-Page https://www.facebook.com/events/288800657933740/

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■Sayonara Nukes Berlin
 http://sayonara-nukes-berlin.org/
■Anti-Atom Berlin
 http://www.antiatomberlin.de/en/
■Arbeitsgemeinschaft Schacht KONRAD e.V.
 http://www.ag-schacht-konrad.de/
■NaturFreunde Berlin e.V.
 http://www.naturfreunde-berlin.de/