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Important petition (via Senrinomichi). Collecting signatures around the world until the end of May 2012.

10 Million People’s Action to say Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants


UPDATE: March 2012 – During Summer 2012, all nuclear reactors in Japan wil be temporarily suspended. Summer 2012 will be a pivotal moment for deciding what happens next in terms of nuclear power in Japan. For this reason, the group has decided to extend the petition until end May 2012

Japanese anti-nuclear groups called for a massive demonstration in Tokyo on 19 September.

Today, 60,000 people heeded this call, a number which exceeded organisers’ expectations.

The spearhead of this movement is the group; 10 Million People’s Action to say Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants. This group, headed by the Nobel Prize winning author Kenzaburo Oe, has as its main promoters a number of leading Japanese artists and intellectuals, including the musician Ryuichi Sakamoto.

The aim of this group is to present a petition of 10 million signatures to the Japanese Prime Minister on the first anniversary of the triple disaster.  To date, they have obtained around a million signatures.

To learn more about this group, please visit their site

At Senrinomichi we have arranged the French translation of this petition: in the coming months we will do all that we can to promote this.

To read more, with links and downloadable petitions:

http://www.senrinomichi.com/?p=3890

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/alert-fukushima-pediatrician-we-need-outside-help-japanese-people-not-listening-we-are-now-in-very-bad-condition-especially-for-children-please-give-us-help-video

*Alert* Fukushima Pediatrician: We need outside help, Japanese people not listening — We are now in very bad condition, especially for children — Please give us help

The Children of Fukushima: One Year Later
Uploaded by: marklieb
Uploaded May 17, 2012

Dr. Shintaro Kikuchi, Pediatrician in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture

Transcript Excerpt

We need help from outside Japan because Japanese people don’t think the situation for children is getting worse and worse.

We are now in very bad condition. Especially for children.

So please give us help.

Contact information at end of video:

PEP Kids
1-1-3 Yokozuka
Fukushima Prefecture
963-8803, Japan
+81 24-941-2711
Email: taro-man@wit.ocn.ne.jp

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52% still save electricity following 2011 disasters: survey

TOKYO, May 18, Kyodo

More than half of respondents have continued efforts to save on electricity since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan and the ensuing Fukushima nuclear crisis, a survey on people’s behaviors following the disasters showed Friday.

Nineteen percent of the respondents said they have not made such efforts after the disasters, while 24 percent said they did so after they occurred but are not doing so currently, according to the survey conducted by the Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards, the think tank of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation known as Rengo.

Article continues at:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/05/158784.html

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METI boss fired for nuclear crisis regrets underestimating tsunami threat

Kyodo

The man who was the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s top official when the Fukushima disaster unfolded said he regretted underestimating the tsunami danger when METI was reviewing earthquake-resistance guidelines for nuclear plants before the crisis.

“We should have used our imagination,” said Kazuo Matsunaga, who was vice minister of economy, trade and industry when the meltdowns began in March last year, told a Diet-appointed panel probing the disaster Wednesday.

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There was also little reference to tsunami risks in the revised quake-safety guidelines Japan compiled in 2006.

“My mind was occupied with handling the accident at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Mihama plant,” Matsunaga said, referring to a pipe rupture in August 2004 that killed five workers and injured six.

Read the entire article at:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120518a2.html

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