Day 490 Growing stronger week by week

Notes from last night’s demonstration here in Nagoya…

According to the following news report, there were 450 assembled last night in Nagoya and thousands across the country. There was a light and intermittently windy rain on those who turned out. About 30 minutes before the event was over, the organizers encouraged people not to overdo it, and for mothers with young children to feel free to leave as the children were probably tired and bored. No one left.
Standing on the platform to come home, I was talking with two women, probably in their 60s. One of them handed me her protest sign and said, “Present.” She also said, “Let’s meet again, every week until the end,” meaning until all the power plants are shut down. And she spoke as though she meant it.
The movement is growing.
The mother of a friend at work is going on one of the midnight buses that have been chartered to go to the big demonstration on Monday in Tokyo. Apparently, people from all over the country are going to that one, so stay tuned to IWJ (on Ustream) and other Independent News Sources, many listed in the Links section at the right.
Photos from Nagoya last night:

 If you are free and able to join the event tomorrow in Nagoya, there are details below on when and where to meet.
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No Nukes! Nagoya – July 15, 2012

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No Nukes! Nagoya

Sunday July 15th, 2pm – 3pm (please arrive by 1pm.)

Meeting place: Wakamiya Odori Park, Nagoya (Osu 3-chome, Naka-ku)

“TwitNoNukes758″ is hosting an anti-nuclear power rally in Nagoya on Sunday the July 15th. Anyone who is against nuclear power resumption is welcome to join and show support for the anti-nuclear cause.

On May 5th, all of Japan’s nuclear power plants stopped operating for the first time in 42 years.

Our continued efforts of voicing strong opposition to the government since March 11′s nuclear disaster until today were well rewarded at that time, and we all believed and hoped that Japan would no longer use nuclear energy.

However the Ooi town assembly approved tthe resumption of their nuclear operations to support the jobs provided by them; the Ooi reactors were restarted on July 1st.

What‘s worse, the government has begun serious consideration of conducting rolling blackouts this summer, to sway public opinion into supporting the nuclear restart.

We all know that nothing has been solved since the Fukushima nuclear power disaster and radiation is still being emitted both to the sea and the air.

Now it’s time to really make a change to save our future. It is important that more people join in the rallies and show just how many people are against nuclear power – and willing to use their own people power to make change.

Let’s get together and express opposition to the government’s decision to restart the nuclear power plant.

This rally can be summed up with three phrases: “No Nukes!” “Stop the Ooi reactors!” and “Protect Children!”

http://www.seekjapan.jp/drinkandeat/no-nukes-nagoya-july-15-2012/

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Do you need placards for the events tomorrow or Monday?

There is a delightful array of signs you can download and print out at:
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AND….

They’re planning to encircle the entire Diet building on 29 July:
For more information see:
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Police “Divide and Conquer” on Friday July 13th Protest in Tokyo against Ooi Restart

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police put up metal fences along the sidewalks, roadblocks, and restricted access to areas in the “protest zone” that they had set up, and effectively divided the protest into small pieces. No one seems to know how many people showed up.

The supposed “police” number quoted by the press is 10,000 people, though the PR department of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police has said they don’t announce the numbers. What “police” the mainstream media outlets have been quoting, no one knows; supposedly some anonymous inside source that the press club reporters have access to all the time.

So, it was a success for the Noda administration and the pro-administration media, who didn’t need to quote the number from the organizers this time.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/07/police-devide-and-conquer-on-friday.html

Also from EX-SKF:

Osaka Protest at KEPCO HQ: Station Exit Blocked, KEPCO Sign “Loitering Prohibited” (7/13/2012)

Reader Rick Streeby joined the protest in front of KEPCO’s headquarters in Osaka City for the second time on Friday July 13, and posted the photographs he took of the protest on his blog.

Though much smaller in scale and in publicity, people have been protesting there against the restart of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant operated by KEPCO and the number is increasing.

 Article continues at:
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 From ENENEWS at:

Evacuee: Fukushima hospital worker says 5 out of 7 babies were born with birth defect, Down’s syndrome, or lost by miscarriage — After this, husband agreed to evacuate

Original published June 13, 2012 by a Fukushima evacuee, translated by Dissensus Japan:

[…]

Someone I know finally moved out of Fukushima to Mie (middle west of Japan). I wasn’t close to her, but she told me a major incident occurred that inspired her to be scared of radiation.

At a hospital in Fuksuhima where she was working in, 5 babies out of 7 were born with birth defect, Down’s syndrome or lost by miscarriage.

  • 2 Down’s syndrome
  • 1 born with 6 fingers
  • 1 anencephalia
  • 1 miscarriage
  • 2 other infants were 4 months old old at the time. They have been followed over time.

Speaking in terms of probability, it’s hardly possible this happens in a same hospital. This terrified her. With experts’ knowledge and experiences, it reached the conclusion that this was associated with radiation.

After this, her husband finally agreed and her family evacuated home.

[…]

http://enenews.com/evacuee-fukushima-hospital-worker-says-5-out-of-7-babies-were-born-with-birth-defect-downs-syndrome-or-lost-by-miscarriage

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A Simple Question for Japan’s Leaders

Japan’s government has recently announced a proposal to give $12.5 billion to bail out TEPCO, the owner of the failed Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant. This transaction will bring the total amount of public funds provided to TEPCO to almost $44 billion since the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. An additional $12.5 billion in credit will be provided to TEPCO by Japanese banks.A simple question follows: If the Japanese government can provide billions of dollars to bail out the shareholders and executives of TEPCO, why are Japan’s leaders so unwilling to help the innocent victims of the failed Fukushima nuclear plant?

There are almost 80,000 people, former inhabitants of the 20 kilometer “evacuation zone” surrounding the Fukushima reactors, who are still unable to return home. The radiation from the failed plant has made their towns and villages unlivable.

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Japan is an extraordinarily wealthy country, and yet it has only given roughly $10,000 to Mr. Yamamoto and each of his fellow townspeople. And yet, TEPCO still charges displaced citizens like Mr. Yamamoto for the utilities they use each month in their temporary housing. And yet, TEPCO proposes to raise Mr. Yamamoto’s electricity rates by 10 percent this year. How can Mr. Yamamoto support his family and rebuild his life on a one-time payment of $10,000? Why have TEPCO and the Japanese government forgotten about him and instead, helped each other?Over 20,000 people were killed as a result of the March 11 tragedy; hundreds of thousands more are survivors. It is a disaster that saddens the entire world. The actions of the Japanese government make us sadder still. History is full of examples of the powerful helping one another at the expense of the powerless. The wiser direction tells us that kindness and generosity towards the vulnerable should guide Japan’s leaders. The survivors in Japan are praying that its leaders will reverse course and start helping the innocent victims of the tragedy rather than those whose decisions and actions caused it.

Read the entire article at:
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Govt. approves Fukushima rebuilding plan

The Japanese government has approved a basic plan to rebuild Fukushima Prefecture, the home of the nuclear plant that went out of control after the quake and tsunami in March last year.

The plan was approved at a Cabinet meeting on Friday. It cites the revival of the prefecture as the top priority for national policy.

The plan also says the government is responsible for the revival and will make the utmost efforts to achieve this as a matter of national honor.

Respecting the prefecture’s goal of creating communities that don’t depend on nuclear power, the plan says the government will promote the introduction of renewable energy. It hopes the move will help to create jobs as well.

Under the plan, the government will promote decontamination as its responsibility. It will set a goal of reducing the residents’ radiation exposure levels to the benchmark of one millisievert per year or lower in the long term.

Article continues at:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120713_16.html

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Goal set to reduce Fukushima radiation in long term

Kyodo, Jiji

The government approved a long-term goal Friday for reducing exposure to radiation in Fukushima Prefecture to levels in line with international standards as part of the policy for reconstruction and recovery from the nuclear crisis.

The Cabinet approved the goal of cutting the annual radiation dose to 1 millisievert or less, excluding exposure to natural radioactivity, in the prefecture hosting the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, but it failed to meet a call to boost subsidies to firms starting firms or expanding operations.

The current evacuation order around the plant is designed to prevent exposure of more than 20 millisieverts of radiation a year, based on information from the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120714a3.html#.UAB_BI6D57Y

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TEPCO urges gov’t to finish electricity rate hike screening swiftly

TOKYO, July 13, Kyodo

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Kazuhiko Shimokobe urged the government to swiftly complete its screening process for the utility’s planned electricity rate hike for households to alleviate the company’s funding difficulties.

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/07/169541.html

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Iitate villagers seek compensation from TEPCO

A group of nuclear accident evacuees in Fukushima has filed for compensation of more than 50 million dollars from Tokyo Electric Power Company for radiation exposure and other damages.

The 159 residents from the Nagadoro district in Iitate Village filed the claim on Friday with a state-backed legal arbitrator.

Nagadoro is about 30 kilometers from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Radiation levels in the district remain high, and the government is due to declare it uninhabitable for the long term.

But an evacuation order for the area was issued more than one month after the accident on March 11th last year.

The residents say the utility’s compensation guidelines do not cover radiation exposure caused by delayed evacuation. They’re seeking extra money for mental suffering and damage to real estate.

Article continues at:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120713_42.html

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47 percent of disaster evacuee deaths from shelter fatigue: gov’t report

Forty-seven percent of 529 post-Great East Japan Earthquake deaths investigated in a government probe were from “physical or mental fatigue from life at evacuation shelters,” an interim report has shown.

The next most common cause of death was “fatigue from moving to evacuation shelters,” at 37 percent, followed by “worsening of illnesses due to ceased hospital operations,” at 24 percent, the interim report released July 12 by the Reconstruction Agency found. Around 90 percent of the people who died were aged 70 or over.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120713p2a00m0na013000c.html

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Stop blaming Fukushima on Japan’s culture

July 11th, 2012

Author: Gerald Curtis, Columbia UniversityMore than a year has passed since tragedy struck the Tohoku region of Japan.

A huge earthquake and tsunami left 20,000 people dead and missing, hundreds of thousands homeless, and resulted in a nuclear accident at Fukushima that ranks with Chernobyl among the worst ever.

The tragedy cried out for a rapid policy response: the government failed to meet this challenge. The authorities’ incompetence is chronicled in the report of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Commission released this month. Its sobering conclusion is that this was not a natural disaster but ‘a profoundly manmade disaster — that could and should have been foreseen and prevented. Its effects could have been mitigated by a more effective human response’.

Article continues at:

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/07/11/stop-blaming-fukushima-on-japans-culture/

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 From ENENEWS at:

We were told Fukushima reactors could blow up within 300 km -Prime Minister Kan’s secretary (VIDEO)

Prime Minister Kan’s Secretary talks Fukushima Daiichi 1
Published by Jul 12, 2012
Published by Ato Munch

Translation at 3:16 in

Mitsuyo Matsuda, Prime Minister Kan’s secretary: One of lawmakers grabbed my arm and took me to his office at Congressional Office Building. A reactor designer who supported me said “‘Reactors are in very serious condition.’ How are we going to do?”, he asked.

“We should directly talk with Mr. Kan, so let’s go to Prime Minister’s Resident together immediately.”, he said.

When I was taking an appointment with his secretary,

Mr. Kan called me and said “I’m very busy, so talk to me on the phone right now.”

“‘If you leave the reactors, they’re going blow up within 300 km.’ a designer of Unit 3 told us.” the lawmaker said.

Who was the designer of Unit 3?

He was an ex-president of University of Saga, Mr. Uehara.

Translation at 6:49 in

Matsuda: If all of them explode, they would blow up within 300 km by calculation, the lawmaker said.

Why NISA didn’t inform such a important issue?

They whispered later, nobody asked, so they didn’t tell.

It’s unthinkable for us.

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I think just firing Director General of NISA is not enough punishment.~  =

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