Messages from Japan
Taro Yamamoto (Actor), Ruiko Muto (Fukushima Women against Nuclear Power, Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs, Fukushima Action Project), Satoshi Kamata (Author, Journalist and co-organiser of the petition "10 million signatures for nuclear free society")
Many fellow Japanese citizens and myself salute you in solidarity.
We have been protesting against nuclear power in Japan, a nuclear slave state.
You have been campaigning against nuclear energy in Britain, a major nuclear master state.
We must not die before getting rid of the nuclear curse.
We will fight for our children and future children so that they can live in a world full of hope.
Japan has enough nuclear materials to annihilate the world many times over. The unfolding nuclear catastrophe in Japan is being ignored, and TEPCO's crime remains unpunished. The Japanese nuclear empire is powerful. In collusion with the financial, industrial, political, legal and media sectors, they are poised to continue nuclear development. This, despite the fact Japan is a land of earthquakes and is undergoing an active seismic phase.
It is unacceptable that we, the 99%, are sacrificed for the greedy 1%.
They love nothing but money and do not care about the future.
We are all united against the nuclear evil.
We send to you all in Britain our warmest support and heart-felt respect from Japan.
No nukes! Thank you!
Taro YamamotoActor, Anti-nuclear/Anti-radiation campaigner
Taro Yamamoto: Actor in the spotlight of Japan’s antinuke movement - The Japan Times
Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great pleasure to send my message to all of you who have gathered here today in London.
It has been two years since the onset of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
However, this nuclear crisis is far from over.
Every day, highly damaging amounts of radioactive contaminants are released into the environment from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
At this plant, the workers - our husbands, brothers and sons - are daily exposed to high concentrations of radioactivity. The great majority of decontamination projects in Fukushima Prefecture have not yet started.
Many children are trapped in highly contaminated areas due to the government policy.
Radioactivity in these areas is comparable to, or above the level of the current compulsory evacuation zone in Chernobyl.
Housing assistance for evacuees living outside Fukushima Prefecture is to be terminated to influence them to return to contaminated areas.
The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Japanese government jointly held a conference in Fukushima and discussed ways to conceal the extent of nuclear devastation.
The new Japanese government is also eager to expand nuclear technology.
This all adds to the anger and despair in our hearts.
It is however a great comfort to know that far away, in London, people are standing beside us.
We must never allow the tragedy of Fukushima to be repeated.
It is people like you and I who can stop the dangerous development of nuclear power.
We would like to walk with every one of you, towards a nuclear-free society.
Fukushima Women against Nuclear Power (J)
Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs (J)
Fukushima Action Project (J)
The Movement of Fukushima Residents to Pursue Criminal Charges against Tepco Executives and Government Officials Fukushima resident - The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Forcus
Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honour to address all of you who have gathered here today in solidarity with Fukushima and our anti-nuclear movement. Your actions to support us across Europe give us courage and strength.
The new Japanese government is debating an Energy Bill with total disregard to the tragedies and lessons from the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. They are returning to the old pro-nuclear stance that resulted in the current disaster. We say "NO!" to such inhumane and insane policies.
Since the explosions at Fukushima Daiichi, radiation has contaminated everything. It's poisoned the air, the sea, the rivers, the soil, and the forests. It has driven people from their beautiful land and beloved homes for ever. The people are suffering, both materially and spiritually. This radiation has also been steadily spreading across the globe.
The terror of nuclear damage is continuing to emerge. Fish are still highly contaminated, and some children have already developed thyroid cancer. In no time, we will be hearing about nuclear casualties amongst workers in the clean-up operation.
Despite such profound tragedies, with no end in sight, the new government is poised to restart nuclear reactors for short-term economic gains.
Nuclear energy has no future and is destined to become extinct. It is extremely dangerous. It will soon destroy its nuclear-dependent economies.
We want to exchange materialism for sustainability. We want to live in harmony with others rather than sacrificing them. We want to live with respect for all living things around us.
Nuclear power is a by-product of nuclear weapon making. It is a crime against life, and a blind worship of man's ability to manipulate nature. Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima have proven that we cannot control nuclear fission. Repeating the same mistake would be criminal and a proof of our fatal arrogance and ignorance. How many more disasters can we have before annihilating ourselves and the earth.
Over the past two years, we have been campaigning for a nuclear free society, with help from many conscientious and rational people like you here, both within and outside Japan. Nuclear power will destroy our future if we allow it to continue, but together, we shall get rid of it!
Together, let us stand with the people of Fukushima who bear the major burden of nuclear brutality. Let us show our solidarity by joining in their struggle.
We are walking towards a nuclear free world. Thank you.
Satoshi KamataAuthor, Journalist
co-organiser of the petition, 10 million signatures for nuclear free society (J)
Satoshi Kamata: Rebel spirit writ large - The Japan Times