Daisuke Sato | NO NUKES ASIA FORUM

The two petitions given below were endorsed by 209 groups and 985 individuals and delivered to the respective Prime Ministers.

On the 14th, the day before the Prime Ministers were to meet, it was announced that Prime Minister Singh’s visit had been cancelled. However through actions on the 15th and 16th we were able to clearly communicate citizens’ strong opposition to nuclear cooperation between Japan and India..

Many people attended an urgently called public meeting on the 15th and a demonstration in front of the Japanese Prime Minister’s residence on the 16th.

Prime Ministers Noda and Singh held discussions for 20 minutes during the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia on the 20th. I doubt if progress was made towards a nuclear agreement, but it is important to continue monitoring the situation in order to prevent Japan from exporting nuclear power plants to India.

To Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Find out the reality of the Fukushima accident, stop oppressing your own people, and abandon nukes!

Hearing that you would be visiting Japan from November 15 to 18, we are extremely worried that discussions are going to be held on developments in a Japan-India nuclear power cooperation agreement. We are strongly opposed to such an agreement.

Many people expressed their concern about a Japan-India nuclear power cooperation agreement at the time of your visit to Japan in 2010 as well. The reasons so many people opposed an agreement between our two countries at that time are as follows.

India, although it is a nuclear power, has joined neither the NPT nor the CTBT. Furthermore, in the amendment of the guidelines worked out in the Nuclear Suppliers Group permitting special measures for India, it did not commit itself to not carrying out nuclear testing in the future. It also has only allowed limited inspections by the IAEA to verify that it is not converting nuclear material produced in India for manufacture of nuclear weapons.

We protest in the strongest terms that now, two years later and with nothing done to address the above concerns, Japan and India are pushing ahead on a nuclear power agreement. We have experienced the Fukushima nuclear accident and are vividly confronted every day with the reality of what a catastrophic accident does to human life and to nature.

If you have come to Japan to promote a nuclear power agreement, don’t confine your discussions to the high and mighty in Tokyo, go to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and visit the peace museums there. Listen to the experiences of the hibakusha. And by all means go to Fukushima. Find out how people are trying to live with the 4 reactors emitting radioactive material around them; find out the horrendous conditions of radiation exposure that the thousands of workers trying to contain the accident must endure, and learn what has happened to the seas, the forests and the farm land. If you do that, we think that you will change your mind.

It is inexcusable for the Indian government, which has closed its eyes to the inhumanity of nuclear weapons and nuclear power, to crack down as it is on the people in various parts of India who are opposed to nuclear power. The massive repression of people opposing the Koodankulam nuclear power plants on September 9 was reported throughout the world. Ignoring the concerns of the people, concealing information, circumventing democratic procedures, and collusion between pro-nuclear organizations and nuclear oversight organizations are factors that contribute to nuclear accidents.

Nuclear power is clearly an industry in decline and it is incompatible with democracy. Japanese people who have experienced the Fukushima accident are strongly opposed to the export of nuclear power plants to other countries. We demand the following.

Do not engage in any talks whatsoever aimed at a Japan-India nuclear power cooperation agreement.

Immediately stop repressing people in India who are opposed to nuclear power plants.

Abandon operation of the Koodankulam nuclear power plants and immediately start decommissioning it.

Stop the import of nuclear plants from abroad and the construction of new facilities.

To Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh will be in Japan from November 15 to 18 and will hold talks with you. We strongly demand that you engage in no talks of any sort directed toward a Japan-India nuclear power cooperation agreement.

India is a nuclear power that used heavy water reactors from Canada to manufacture nuclear weapons and which conducted nuclear tests. But it has joined neither the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty nor the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Furthermore, India has almost everything in the nuclear fuel cycle, from uranium mines to reprocessing facilities, but there are already numerous reports of damage to health and human rights violations in the areas around its uranium mines, nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities.

No information whatsoever has been made public regarding construction of new nuclear power plants and the claims of the local residents have been totally ignored. As the tragedy that occurred in September at the Koodankulam nuclear power plants in the south coast, the situation is such that construction can go ahead only with the Indian government violently cracking down on residents opposed to the plant.

Furthermore, when India was made to agree to specific measures by the Nuclear Suppliers Group, India did not promise not to conduct nuclear weapons testing in the future, and it only agreed to limited International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards for preventing the conversion of nuclear material for use in weapons productions.

The Japanese government is hastily pursuing a nuclear power agreement with India because it does not want to miss out on business opportunities in India, one of the most lucrative nuclear power markets in the world. In 2010, when it became clear that it was pursuing talks toward a nuclear power agreement with India, the government was harshly criticized in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and all over Japan for “putting business before the prevention of nuclear proliferation.”

And now, in the midst of the ongoing catastrophe of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, we are calling on you in even stronger terms.

A nuclear power agreement with India means throwing to the winds our responsibilities as a country that has been the victim of atomic bombings. In no way can we permit moves to export nuclear power while radioactive material is even now still being emitted from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, workers at the plant are still being exposed to radiation, and countless other people are suffering from the accident. We demand that the Japanese government cease all efforts to pursue a nuclear power agreement with India and engage in no negotiations to that end.

November 15, 2012

Agenda Project
All Japan Dockworkers’Union – Nishinari center Branch
All Japan Dockworkers’Union – Osaka Branch
Anger reach heaven
APLA
Asian Wide Campaign
Association of the 2nd Generation of A-bomb Survivors
ATTAC Kyoto
Campaign for Nuclear-free Japan
Chofu Congress against A- and H-Bombs
Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center
Datsugenpatsu de ikitai onnatachi・Toyonaka
Echo-Echanges ONG France-Japon
Ecorire Kameoka
FEMIN WOMEN’S DEMOCRATIC CLUB
FoE Japan
Fukushima Children’s Fund
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Emergency Action Network
Genpatsu Yamenkai
Genpatu wa Gomenda Hiroshima Simin no Kai
Global Peace Campaign
Green Action
Greenpeace Japan
Greens Japan
Greens Kyoto
Hairo Action Fukushima
Hansen Hanhinkon Hannsabetu Kyoudoukoudou Kyoto
Harmonics Life Center
Hiroshima-Kaminoseki Link
Humanist Association of Hong Kong
Independent Salzburg Platform Against Nuclear Dangers
Japan Congress against A- and H-Bombs
Jubilee Kansai Network
KAFTI
KAKUNENNYAMETE OISHIIGOHANN
kodomo no Jinken to kyoukasyo no monndai wo kanngaeru Niihama no Kai
LIBERA ESPERANTO-ASOCIO en HOKKAJDO
Linking Peace&Life
Mame-Ten-Cafe
Moonlight Fukushima
Network for Indonesian Democracy, Japan
No Nukes Actions(カリフォルニア)
No Nukes Asia Actions
No Nukes Asia Forum Japan
NO! nuclear plant Mie Network
NO! nuclear plant Shimonoseki Network
Osaka Citizens against the Mihama, Oi and Takahama Nuclear Power Plants
People’s Research Institute on Energy and Environment
Plutonium Action Hiroshima
Plutonium Free Communication Kanagawa
Plutonium nanteilanaiyo! tokyo
Sayounara Kasiwazaki,kariwa Genpatu Project
Sendaigenpatukensetuhantairenrakukyougikai
Sendaituyukusakai
Sizen no Hi wo Tomosi Genpatu wo Houmuru Kai
Solar Net
Stop Nukewaste Campaign, Chubu
STOP Plutonium! Fukushima
Stop The Monju
Taiwan Environmental Protection Union
Tatebayashi Citizens’ network for Climete-Change
Toukyoudenryoku totomoni datugenpatu wo mezasukai
Uranzandosiminkaigi
Voice of Hiroshima
Wakasa Rentai Koudou Network
Walhi Kepulauan Bangka Belitung
Zensekiyu Showa Shell Labor Union
Ziyuukuukannsourakumura
アーユス仏教国際協力ネットワーク
I女のしんぶん
秋工房
アジア連帯講座
アスキャップ・地球ハーモニー
ATTAC Japan(首都圏)
ATTAC関西グループ
生きさせろ!にいがた
いまこそ原発を問う連続講座
イマジン@せや
今治・宗教者平和の会
イラク判決を活かす会
いわき母笑みネットワーク
AMネット
エスペラント友の会(神戸)
NPO懐かしい未来
えねみら・とっとり(エネルギーの未来を考える会)
ODA改革ネットワーク
ODA改革ネットワーク関西
外国人への差別を許すな・川崎連絡会議
核燃いらないわ三沢の会
核燃から郷土を守る上十三地方住民連絡会議
核燃料廃棄物搬入阻止実行委員会
核燃を考える住民の会
核のごみキャンペーン関西
柏崎刈羽原発反対地元三団体
鎌倉平和学習会
上関原発止めよう!広島ネットワーク
関西共同行動
関西*母と科学者の会
関西フィリピン人権情報アクションセンター
北九の子供を守るネットワーク
9とよさかピースの会
9プラス25改憲阻止市民の会・宝塚
キリスト者・九条の会(北九州)
草の根の会・中津
窪田写真事務所
グローバリゼーションを問う広島ネットワーク
経産省前テントひろば
原爆と原発を考える京都市民の会
原発いらない島根避難者の会
原発いらない!ちば
原発いらない福島の女たち
原発・核燃とめようかい
原発さよなら四国ネットワーク
原発事故を考える姫路の会
原発ゼロ・放射能から子どもを守る鷹峯の会
原発と暮らしを考える会(横浜)
原発とめよう! 九電本店前ひろば
原発の危険性を考える宝塚の会
原発やめよう/つながろう関西・マダム会議
原発を考える品川の女たち
憲法リテラシー向上委員会
玄米と旬の野菜・MOMONGA
神戸YWCA
「幸福の経済学」プロジェクトin京都
ゴーゴーワクワクキャンプ
こおりやま「楽笑村」
子供たちの未来を考える親の会
こどもの命を守る会・京田辺
子ども未来・愛ネットワーク
子どもの未来プロジェクト・港北
こどもの未来をまもる会・生駒
コリアン・マイノリティ研究会
再稼働反対!全国アクション
在日朝鮮人作家を読む会
さよなら原発・神奈川
さよなら原発! 福岡
3.11を考え続ける会・瑞穂
しあわせのたね
島根原発増設反対運動
市民測定所・うらわ実行委員会
ジャビルカ基金
食政策センター・ビジョン21
新空港反対東灘区住民の会
ストップ原発&再処理・意見広告の会
STOP!浜岡原発
スペースふうら
曽根九条の会
そらとも
脱原発・東電株主運動
脱原発へ!関電株主行動の会
脱原発へ!中電株主行動の会
「脱原発」を考える市民講座・四日市
脱原発をめざす女たちの会・北海道
脱原発をめざす新潟市民フォーラム
田布施町まちづくり研究会
たんぽぽ舎
天然酵母パン はな
東京・生活者ネットワーク
東電株主代表訴訟
東電前アクション!
東北アジア情報センター(広島)
長崎YWCA
七つ森書館
虹とみどりの会
日刊ベリタ
日本キリスト教団神奈川教区核問題小委員会
日本消費者連盟
日本ベラルーシ市民友好協会
日本YWCA
ネットワーク・コスモポりタン
NoNukes!野にゆく会
函館YWCA
はちどり
花風香の会
花とハーブの里
反原発自治体議員・市民連盟
反原発労働者行動実行委員会
バンビの木箱
ピープルズ・プラン研究所
ひなん者お話会
福岡スピーチクリニック
福岡地区合同労働組合
福島原発30キロ圏ひとの会
不戦へのネットワーク
仏教徒非戦の会・福岡
仏法山禅源寺
ふろむ・あーす & カフェ・オハナ
平和憲法をひろげる兵庫県民会議
「平和への結集」をめざす市民の風
ベクレルフリー北海道
放射性物質拡散NO!の会
放射能防御プロジェクト近畿
放射能からいのちを守るママの会・東大阪
毎月26日のランチタイムに関電前に集まる女たち
マインドライフメンタルケアルーム
三島・原発震災を防ぐ風下の会
みどりの未来・ふくしま
みらいアクション青森
未来の生活を考える会
MOX反対伊方の会
(株)森と暮らすどんぐり倶楽部
ヤ~ルーの会
よそものネット
劣化ウラン研究会
労働者共闘
610放射能から未来を守る市民の会
アジアこどもプロジェクト
山田さんを支える会
はつ工房

209 organizations, 985 individuals