Saturday, March 8, 2014

Letter to Prime Minister of Japan concerning 3rd Anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

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As you know, next Tuesday, March 11, is the third anniversary of the onset of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. NIRS is joining grassroots groups across the country that will be presenting letters to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by going in person to various Japanese consulates around the U.S. In our case, we will be going to the Japanese embassy in the U.S.
"On the Third Anniversary of the Beginning of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster"
To: Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinz┼Ź Abe
It has been three years since the start of the Fukushima nuclear power disaster, with no end in sight. The primary focus of your government must be on mitigating this catastrophe and preventing further disasters from the Fukushima site--and not on restarting nuclear reactors and exporting nuclear technology, which are a counterproductive diversion of financial, managerial, and regulatory resources.

1.      We call on you to change Japan’s nuclear policy and to keep all nuclear power reactors closed. We are also working for this in our own country.

2.      Please expedite the stabilization of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors and the irradiated fuel pools.

3.      Stop the flow of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. The ocean extends far beyond Japan. It is owned by the entire planet and is essential to life on Earth.

4.      Please do not export nuclear reactors to other countries.

5.      Please fully compensate all victims of Fukushima and provide medical treatment and relocation assistance for people living in contaminated areas.

6.  Stop the incineration of radioactive rubble and waste throughout Japan, which does not destroy radioactivity but simply disperses it into the air, incinerator ash, and other solid waste.

People have been forced to abandon their homes and hometowns; farmers lost their farmlands and their animals. Many people will never be able to go back to their homes and businesses because of radiation contamination, for which TEPCO and government regulators are responsible.
Radiation knows no national or prefectural borders. We must not allow another nuclear disaster. We urge you to exercise your leadership to achieve the goals of these six recommendations.
With sincere regards,
[signed] Michael Mariotte, President, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Takoma Park, MD

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