Day 471 Japan’s Barbarism (and its people’s compassion)

Putting it to a vote – nuclear power/ Yes or No?

Info in Japanese only at:

http://kokumintohyo.com/archives/4611

・原発Yes or No?公開討論会

国民投票を想定した「原発」の是非を論じ合う公開討論会です。賛否両派の論客が揃って登壇しました。

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From DiaNuke.org:

Keeping Silent After Fukushima is Barbaric: Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ryuichi Sakamoto is one of the most famous Japanese music composers and pianist. He formed Yellow Magic Orchestra from 1978 and won an Oscar in 1988 for best original score for the music in “The Last Emperor”. In 2009, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France’s Ministry of Culture for his musical contributions. In 2010, he received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in Japan.

We had recently started a signature campaign recently in support of the people in Japan struggling against the nuclear re-start in Oi .

We have received a note of thanks and solidarity from Sakamoto Ryuichi, one of the best and most famous music composers in Japan. He has been actively involved in various projects to provide assistance to survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Article continues at:

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Ryuichi Sakamoto “Shizukana Yoru (Quiet Night)”

A support song for Project FUKUSHIMA! from Ryuichi Sakamoto. It’s a grand, ambient acoustic work that will reveal new discoveries with every listen. It’s simply a gem. The beat heaves in the distance over subliminally arranged noisy high frequencies to create a sequence full of tranquility and tenderness… Please playback using the largest speakers possible so you don’t miss a single nuance. Otomo Yoshihide will remix this song and post it to Sakamoto’s aid site by the end of July.

Listen at:

http://soundcloud.com/project-fukushima/ryuichi-sakamoto-shizukana

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Long, detailed report from the folks at SimplyInfo:

The Real Risks At Oi

http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=6248

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Anti-nuclear protest at the Japanese Consulate, Los Angeles

From the FB page of Mark Thormahlen

Americans are learning Japanese. In addition to “Genpatsu Hantai”, they are now learning “Saikado Hantai.”

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Hmmm….

Fukushima marine products hit shelves for first time since disaster

A shopper selects a pack of octopus at York Benimaru supermarket's Soma Kuroki outlet in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 25. (Mainichi)
A shopper selects a pack of octopus at York Benimaru supermarket’s Soma Kuroki outlet in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 25. (Mainichi)

FUKUSHIMA — Octopus and shellfish landed in this nuclear disaster-hit prefecture went on sale at supermarkets here on June 25, marking the first time that marine products caught off Fukushima have hit store shelves since the outbreak of the disaster.

The fish and shellfish were netted during trial fishing off Fukushima Prefecture by a local fishermen’s cooperative in the Soma and Futaba districts on June 22. Another round of trial fishing off Fukushima Prefecture — the third of its kind — is scheduled for June 27, and those catches will be shipped outside the prefecture as well.

Read the entire article at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120625p2a00m0na010000c.html

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Solitary deaths up at temporary disaster housing units in second year

In the second year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, solitary deaths at temporary housing units for victims are at over double the number of the first year, it has been learned.

There have been at least 11 solitary deaths at temporary housing units in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami between March 11 of this year and the end of May, according to police of the three prefectures. There were 22 solitary deaths in the first year, ending March 10.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120625p2a00m0na006000c.html

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From EX-SKF 

Alarms Sounded 26 Times at Power Transmission Line Monitoring Systems for Ooi Nuke Plant

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, still the one and only regulatory agency for the nuclear power plants in Japan, disclosed it during the press conference in Ooi-cho on June 24. Plant operator KEPCO says that happens all the time, nothing to worry about.

And the famous last word, “It won’t have any effect“, on the restart.

Article continues with translation of Sankei Shinbun article at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/06/alarms-sounded-26-times-at-power.html

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Tokyo gov’t warns against unfair ads over radioactive decontamination

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government found 136 cases of unfair advertisements on the Internet for radioactive decontamination in fiscal 2011 in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, government officials say.

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According to the metropolitan government, 56 cases were for ads for water purification equipment, 34 cases involved ads for health food, 16 concerned ads for radioactivity measuring devices and 11 were ads for protective masks.

Some ads for water purification devices said the equipment could remove 95 percent to 99 percent of radioactive cesium and 96 percent to 99 percent of iodine, while some promoted supplements that could supposedly remove radioactive materials and carcinogenic substances from the body.

Read the entire article at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120625p2a00m0na015000c.html

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I met a Japanese woman earlier today, and we got to talking about the nuclear situation here. I mentioned the following article to her and she said, “Pregnant women in Fukushima are depressed? I live in Aichi and I’ve been depressed since 3.11! I can’t really imagine how depressing it must be to be so close to it all.”

15% of pregnant woman in Fukushima suffer from depression

15% of the women who were pregnant in 311 or had a birth after 311 in Fukushima are suffering from depression.

Health management division of Fukushima prefecture conducted the research to send questionnaires for 15,954 expectant and nursing mothers this January. 8,886 of them (55.7%) were retured by March, 1,298 (14.6%) people answered “yes” for the question “Have you felt depressed in this month ?” to show that they need mental support.

 From Fukushima Diary at:
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From ENENEWS at:

Fukushima plant workers keep saying to us “It could go any minute” kind of thing -Teacher in March 2012 Interview — Even now people say to always have your stuff ready to go (VIDEO, 30 min.)

In the Zone: one year later (Part 2 of 3) 南相馬市メルトダウンから1年後
Published by: DocumentingIan
Published on Mar 10, 2012

Part II at ~7:30 in

Alison Nemoto, Teacher/Parent in Minamisoma, Fukushima: Even now people keep saying, you should keep your petrol full in your car and stuff always ready to go. People who are working in the plant, in and out, keep saying to us, “It could go any minute” kind of thing.

Ian: Even now?

Nemoto: [Multiple nods]

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And finally, I’m reposting the entire article from EX-SKF on the 45,000-person demonstration. Great to see that 1) people are serious about stopping nuclear power in japan and 2) people have a sense of humor about it.

From EX-SKF at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/06/how-it-was-like-in-june-24-protest.html

How It Was Like in June 24 Protest Against Ooi Restart and PM Noda in Funabashi (PM Noda’s Hometown)

I watched bits and pieces of the USTREAM live stream and it was fun. I was laughing as I watched. Here’s a report from one of the readers of this blog who was there, and it seems it was indeed fun:

Hello everyone, I was there and it was fun ! People on the streets looked absolutely stunned, like it was the first demonstration of their life (and possibly so!). But many smiled or waved back to us, though I also saw some of them obviously not satisfied with the demonstration (I’m thinking about one particular elderly lady who shaked her head saying “No!” to us). The music was great, the slogans too. There was a young man, mike in hands, who used the shops’names or buildings’names to shout slogans, and it was irresistibly funny, like (near a hairdresser’s) : “Let’s save the hairdresser from radiations! Let’s save him from Noda!” or: (near a sake and tobacco shop) : “Let’s save tobacco ! let’s save it from radioactivity ! Let’s save it from Noda! Let’s protect sake! Let’s protect it from radiations!” The Suginami-ku group is just so full of energy and so creative (always), it’s very exciting to be around them ! Good deed and good time altogether.

By the way, to answer the question: yes, we rode the SOBU sen in big numbers, especially in the front car of the train. When I was at Shinjuku station, waiting for the 13:04 train, I spotted a few people wearing yellow (like myself) and talked to a gentleman who was obviously also going to NishiFunabashi (in a yellow Tee Shirt, with a yellow ribbon around his hat). We rode the train together and talked all the way about nuclear plants in Japan and in France and about how to convince people to take part into demonstrations in bigger numbers.
Everyone was very, very friendly and I spotted people I met before in demonstrations elsewhere.

To round up the good time, as I posted as an update yesterday, local pubs in Funabashi decided to offer discounts to demonstrators for a drink after the 2-hour walk. Smart. Good “imprinting” too – out-of-town people who come for anti-nuke demonstration are good for local businesses.

Asahi Shinbun reported on this protest, perhaps because the number of participants was safely below 10,000, with this picture:

The caption of the photo says:

Participants holding up the portraits of Prime Minister Noda and protesting against the restart of nuclear power plants, walking in the prime minister’s constituency.

They do look like they are having a good time.

(H/T Reader ‘Janick’ who was there)

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