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Fukushima: One Year Of An Ongoing Disaster
Fukushima: One Year of A Continuing Disaster
Join CANDLELIGHT VIGIL India Gate, New Delhi
6 PM on March 11, 2012Seminars, Rallies, Protests, Music etc. are being organised all over the country: Koodankulam, Chennai, Madurai, Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Pen, Hyderabad, Kochi, Calicut, Bangalore, Lucknow, Kolkata. Join these events.
I pray that, as soon as possible, you will stop plans to build so many nuclear reactors. Building nuclear reactors in your country is like setting time bombs. Rather than living in fear of the destruction that will one day occur, it is so much better to live a simple life, without greed, where people smile at each other and support each other. Don’t wait, like we did, till after the accident occurs, to realize how much happier and richer this life would have been.
The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster has proved that human kind cannot live with the atom.
People cannot prevent natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunami, and people are not perfect, they make mistakes. And machines always wear out.
Accidents at nuclear power stations are inevitable. They will occur sooner or later.
“Dangerous accidents will never occur at nuclear power stations”
is what TEPCO, the Fukushima Daiichi operator, and the Japanese government have continuously told us.
But when the meltdown, the melt-through, came at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, neither of them were able to speedily evacuate the people of Fukushima. They so believed their much-repeated phrase “There is no way a nuclear accident can happen,” perhaps it blunted their judgment.
Right now, the people of Fukushima who are living in the so-called “radiation monitored area” are being exposed to high levels of radiation and are living in fear and confusion.
What is a dangerous level? What is safe?
Should we evacuate or should we stay? Should we eat food that is possibly radiated or should we not? We feel lost in the confusion of information as we are forced daily to make these decisions.
Without knowing what is right, families, communities, schools and workplaces are being torn apart.
Anger and conflict are growing in people’s hearts. This is the saddest thing.
Message from Nakate-san, (Leader of the Network to protect children of Fukushima from Radiation)
Now that time has passed since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi,
we are finally finding out some of the truth which was hidden and manipulated by the government.
We have lived in Fukushima all our lives, but we are now seriously wondering if this is the right place to stay, to bring up our children.
We are calling for evacuation for the children of Fukushima and their parents. The Japanese government is not making any effort to evacuate the children. To force them to take concrete measures, the support of local governments in Japan and people from overseas is indispensable. Please send messages of support to Japan, please help the children of Fukushima to live in safety.
Hairo Action Fukushima (from her book: To You from Fukushima)
After the ‘Goodbye Nukes Rally’ on 19th September, many people told me that my speech had made them cry. It made me think that we are all living each day bottling up our emotions and making sure our tears don’t escape. I think it’s been like this ever since 3.11. The dishonesty of this government, the dangerous convenience which makes a victim of somebody else, human beings that are totally out of touch with nature…As living beings, we are all deeply hurt, we feel guilty and we want to go back to somewhere that we can call home. Maybe this nuclear disaster is a chance for humankind to return to Earth and create a new world.
Babies come into this world, unknown as it is to them, by throwing off their fear, with a loud cry. Maybe we must also come into the new world crying as we take our first breath.
Pamphlet for Distribution at Candlelight Vigil in New Delhi on March 11
Fukushima: Speech by 15 year old Kokoro Fujinami (Text here)
Message from Ikuo Hatsukade,
I don’t think of nuclear power plants as necessary measures for developing our world at all so far and from now on. Moreover, I am sure that we should abandon this imperfect huge system to generate electricity all over the world as soon as possible. In order to make it come true, we should promote world citizens alliance to improve our world. Additionally, we should redefine those values in our social system, especially, daily necessaries, for example, from foods to services which have been provided by low income people at low prices. At the same time, we should consider profoundly what happiness is in our life. We are now about to study these ideas in our “Mottainai Society” in Japan. For your information, here is the Website.