California: Mendocino County Supervisors tell President Obama — Take Action

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors in California unanimously approved the letter below on October 22, 2013
PDF 10-22-13 Mendocino BOS Fukushima Ltr

The cities of Berkeley and Fairfax in California have also approved resolutions.
http://www.fukushimaresponse.org/Actions_files/BerkelyFukushimaReso%21.pdf
http://www.fukushimaresponse.org/Actions_files/Fairfax%20Reso-Fukushima%20Nuclear.pdf
http://enenews.com/county-officials-california-approve-fukushima-action

If your city, county, province, state or other jurisdiction has taken action, contact Fukushima Response  (info at FukushimaResponse.org www.fukushimaresponse.org) and this website. Send that information also to ENE News (www.enenews.com  –“Submit Your News Tip”, front page)

Finally, take this letter and information on the situation on Fukushima to local officials and tell them to take action on this critical issue. ENE News has extensive information on this situation, and posts information daily.

October 22, 2013

Honorable Barack Obama,
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

Deteriorating conditions at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear complex clearly constitute an international crisis of epic proportions that requires the highest level of international scientific and technological assistance in an effort to minimize the continuing damage to international health and safety. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently appealed to the international community to provide the knowledge and expertise needed to avert disaster. We therefore call upon you to issue an Executive Order directing all appropriate federal agencies to assist in leading an international effort to avert what appears to be a looming catastrophe of unprecedented dimensions. We believe it would be appropriate for the United States, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, to lead this effort and to assure that the needed resources will be available.

Of greatest immediate concern, the unit 4 fuel rods, which are precariously stored 100 feet in the air, in the damaged unit 4 building, must be brought to ground. Removing the fuel rods will be extremely challenging; but is imperative given the compromised condition of the building and the continuing threat of seismic activity or other natural disaster. Additionally, the reactor cores from units 1, 2, and 3 have melted down and are widely believed to have penetrated the floor of the reactor buildings. The fuel rods and the reactor cores must be continually cooled to minimize the release of radioactivity. Contaminated rainwater and cooling water is contained in 1,000 tanks haphazardly placed on site with almost daily reports of leaks. Groundwater also flows freely through the site resulting in the uncontrolled discharge of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

Over two and a half years after the initial disaster of March 11, 2011, the situation remains highly unstable. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) remains in charge of the containment and cleanup of the site, but does not appear to have the resources or expertise to accomplish the task. TEPCO also does not plan to remove the melted reactor cores until 2020, virtually guaranteeing that contaminated groundwater will flow uncontrolled through the site and into the Pacific Ocean for the next seven years.

In addition to the requested Executive Order, we also call upon you to assure that the federal government is conducting all appropriate monitoring and testing to assess the level and impacts of radioactive contamination to west coast communities and the near shore marine environment. Our County’s link to these events also encompass personal relationships through Sister City partnerships between Fort Bragg and Otsuchi and between Mendocino and Miasa-Omachi.

Given the recent invitation from Prime Minister Abe, it is now both appropriate and imperative that the international community respond to this continuing international disaster without delay.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

Sincerely,

Dan Hamburg,
Chair, Mendocino County Board of Supervisors

Mendocino County Board of Supervisors:
First District — Carre Brown
Second District — John McCowen
Third District — John Pinches
Fourth District — Dan Gjerde
Fifth District — Dan Hamburg

Cc: Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Jeff Merkley
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Ron Wyden
221 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Maria Cantwell
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Patty Murray
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Congressman Jared Huffman
1630 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

UK: Remember Fukushima/No to Nuclear Power–March 10-15, 2014

Japanese Against Nuclear UK logo

From Japanese Against Nuclear UK
http://www.januk.org/event.html

March 10, 11, 15

Meeting, Vigil, March


Meeting

“Fukushima 3 Years On and Implications for UK Nuclear Power Plans”

3月10日(月) 19-21時
英国会下院で専門家や被災者を招き院内集会

英国国会議事堂内で、議員や専門家や福島避難者の方が発言する集会を開きます。3年に及ぶ福島原発事故を経て私達が学んだこと、原発に頼らない世界へ向けて考えます。入場希望の方は開演の30分前に会場でセキュリティチェックを済ませて下さい。

下院内のコミッティールーム10にて

March 10th 2014
19.00 – 21.00
Committee Room 10 in House of Commons

Speeches and discussion about the situation in Japan three years on from Fukushima and the lessons we can learn for a nuclear-free world. Meeting is in Committee Room 10. Enter Parliament by public entrance by central St. Stephen’s Tower. Arrive half an hour early to get through security.

Vigil

 3月11日(火)

時間:午後6時 – 8時

場所:日本大使館前 101 Piccadilly, W1J 7JT 福島原子力災害で被害を受け現在もその影響で非常に苦しい立場にいる全ての方に思いを馳せ、亡くなった方々へ私たちは黙祷をします。当日はキャンドル・ご祈祷、献花や日本の歌などを予定。日本ゆかりということで日本大使館前で行います。寒さが予想されますので、雨具と防寒対策をお忘れ無いようにお願いします。当日は出来ましたら懐中電灯など光るものをお持ち下さい。

11th March 2014

Outside Japanese Embassy
101 Piccadilly, W1J 7JT

18.00 – 20.00pm

Candle-Lit vigil in support of families and people of all ages continuing to suffer the affects of Fukushima.Please bring torch & wrap up warm.

March

3月15日(土)

時間:午後12時30分集合、13時スタート

集合場所:地下鉄ピカデリー線ハイドパークコーナー駅最寄の公園ゲート集合・出発 ルート:日本大使館、東電ロンドン店、ピカデリーサーカス、ジャパンセンター、トラファルガースクエアー、英国会議事堂前着

デモ後の集会:3時頃から(デモがつき次第)上院向かいのオールドパレスヤードで 黄色、ヒマワリがテーマ 自作プラカード、コスプレ、鳴り物歓迎

デモ終了後3時 国会横Old Palace Yardにてスピーチ。終了予定4時30分

15th March 2014

Hyde Park Corner – London

Assemble 12.30pm, Start 13.00

Route: Japanese Embassy, TEPCO London Office, Piccadilly Circus, Japan Centre, Trafalgar Square, Parliament

Rally: starts when the march arrives approx at 15.00 in Old Palace Yard opposite the House of Lords

Bring sound-making instrument, placards, etc. if you wish

報告レポート Chernobyl Day, April 2013

From the website Japanese Against Nuclear UK
http://www.januk.org/english/427reporte.html
http://www.januk.org/blogpages/427report.html

Chernobyl Day – London Public meeting with Exhibition on Saturday 27th April 2013 at 2 -4 pm organised by Japanese Against Nuclear

“Fukushima” was not the only, not the first ‘level 7’ nuclear accident. On 26 April 1988, Chernobyl in Ukraine also had a disastrous nuclear accident. More than 100,000 residents had to evacuate. Japan may need to learn the lesson from Chernobyl in order to minimize the health damage of the people, and the UK may need to learn the lesson to avoid the accident before it happens.

Guest Speaker – Ms Tamara Krasitskava, Chairperson of Zemlyaki, Ukraine NGO in Kiev to represent those who had to collectively evacuate from Pripyat – with exhibition of pictures drawn by children of Chernobyl evacuees.

Ms Tamara Krasitskava with an interpreter said the following: Fukushima, Japan 9th March 20011 now has exactly the same problems as Chernobyl, Ukraine, Pripyat on 26th April 1986. Radiation has no smell – no touch – no feel – and it has squeezed all life out of their humanity over the last 27 years. Ms Krasitskava said that the people in her hometown of Pripyat were brought up with a ‘Super Power’ Nuclear Reactor that began work in1972. The Russian State told them that it was the most reliable and energy giving Nuclear Reactor and no problems would develop. Many people living in Pripyat were working on the Nuclear Reactor site and living in houses provided for them by the State. She said her small town ‘was buried’ in trees and flowers and they all loved living there – it was called ‘Town of the Roses.’

The accident happened on 1986 – fifteen years – after it had been built. 49,000 inhabitants lived there. At 1.23pm on 26th April – there had been a planned experiment at the Station – the fourth unit had to be repaired because of a design fault and staff had had no training. There were three explosions with the pressure between water and steam. One person died immediately and is still buried under the Reactor. The level of radiation was fatal, 1,000 people died with radiation affects. 600,000 people were dealing with the Nuclear Reactor. Seventy firemen participated with the fire and 31 one of them died. Other services helped out – it was such a shock – the Government were not sure what decisions they should make. They knew they had to deal with the radiation – but it was very dangerous. Days later the Russians announced it was the worst disaster in the World – 9 level radiation. Equivalent to 500 x the bombs that the USA dropped on Hiroshima during the War. Twenty six specialists from all over the country were called in to help advise.

The Russians didn’t reveal the true picture – the people in Pripyat carried on with their routine life and their husbands and brothers were still working at the Nuclear Power Station. On the 27th April, on the radio (not to create panic)the Government told the population of Pripyat to leave their houses, just taking their important documents and essentials with them – no pets. All the people and 120 boxes were moved to another small village 30 kilometres away. It was a strange time for the evacuees and they each had to be responsible for themselves. On 28th April, over the radio, the Government explained that radiation levels were high, all of Europe, was covered with a cloud. The Government tried to assure the evacuees, the 1st May March still carried on routinely. No further information came from the Government, then the evacuees drew up their own security measures.

Ms Krasitskava told us that the evacuees had learnt from their experiences over the last twenty seven years, but, the rest of the World had not learnt anything. She said that she had visited Fukushima, since the terrible earthquake and the three Nuclear Reactor meltdowns and had found the same mistakes repeated there. Governments not talking, 20 kilometre evacuation zones, no accommodation, people living in radiated areas and having to test their food and water. The only difference in Fukushima was that mobile phones and meters, to test food, were being used by the Japanese. The land in Fukushima is private, not public. The water was taken from the Ocean to cool the Nuclear Reactors. The water had been put in plastic barrels and they were damaged – people didn’t want to have these barrels of water on their property. The Japanese Government said that in seven years the evacuees would be able to return to their own properties, which is untrue. The problem will still be there, for very many years the whole planet is in danger because there is so much we don’t know.

Ms Krasitskava got to know the evacuees really well and realised that people who evacuated from Pripyat had lost all confidence in themselves as they tried to find their friends, relatives and cultural connections again. It was the radio that was used in Pripyat, and later when they were in Kiev to get evacuees together. She found they all needed help because they had lost beliefs in themselves. It has helped the victims in Pripyat to write their own stories and send them to the victims in Fukushima since the accident in 2011. There were 44,000 people evacuated to Kiev and there are now only 19,000 people still remaining.

Margaret Toomey

Beckenham and Bromley CND

Member Bexley and Bromley Green Party

Chernobyl Day・報告レポート

チェルノブイリ原発事故から27周年を迎えたことを記念し、「JAN UK」主催のチェルノブイリ・デー集会が開催された。

『After Fukushima, what can we learn from Chernobyl? ―福島の子供たちのために。私たちがチェルノブイリから学べることは?』と題されたこのイベントは、チェルノブイリ被災者の慈善市民団体「ゼムリャキ」の代表であるタマラ・クラシツカヤさんをゲスト・スピーカーに迎え、福島の子供たちのためにチェルノブイリから何を学べるかを一緒に考えるというものだ。

4月27日、ロンドン中心部にある会場でイベントは開催された。
イギリス人を中心に50人以上が集まり、場内は熱気に包まれている。
タマラさんは、通訳のナディヤさんを介して、まずはチェルノブイリ事故の経緯と強制避難の体験について話していく。

チェルノブイリ原発はウクライナ(事故当時はソ連)で唯一の原発であり、タマラさんたちが住んでいたプリビャチは、チェルノブイリ原発からわずか1キロの場所にあった。花と緑に囲まれた美しい町だったという。
1986年4月26日、チェルノブイリで「レベル7」の原発事故が発生。
翌日の27日に着のみ着のままの状態で強制避難させられ、市民はあちこちばらばらに離散していったが、半年後におよそ4万人がキエフ郊外の団地に集団疎開した。
そこで、プリビャチ文化会館で館長をしていたタマラさんを中心に自治組織「ゼムリャキ」が結成されたのだ。「同郷人」という意味の「ゼムリャキ」は、元プリピャチ市民の居所を探したり、被災者の精神的サポート、健康・社会・経済的な支援をしたり、コンサート、集会、サークル活動などを行ってきた。
福島原発事故以来、日本の議員や事故調査委員会なども「ゼムリャキ」を訪れるようになり、今年3月にはタマラさんが日本政府に招待されて福島など6ヵ所で講演を行い、福島の被災者とお互いの体験をシェアするなどの交流をしたという。

タマラさんは「日本はチェルノブイリからのレッスンを学んでいない。チェルノブイリの悲劇が福島で再び繰り返されている」と語る。
「政府が事故の全貌を発表せず隠蔽しているのも同じ。ソ連では土地や不動産は国営だったが、日本ではすべて個人所有であることが事態を難しくしている。海が汚染されたことも大問題だ」と指摘する。
実際にチェルノブイリ事故を身をもって体験したタマラさんだけに、その言葉には重みがある。
さらに衝撃的だったのは、プリピャチから避難した4万4千人の市民のなかで現在でも生きているのは1万9千人のみという話だ。
実に半数以上がすでに亡くなっていることになる。しかも、事故翌日に強制避難し、汚染地を離れたという状況でこの実態なのだ。
改めて、原発事故の恐ろしさを痛感する。
タマラさんの話の後は、休憩を挟んで、質疑応答になり、出席者から積極的な質問がだされた。
そして、ロシア民謡「カチューシャの歌」をロシア語、日本語で歌い、最後にプレゼント交換を行い、盛況のうちにチェルノブイリ・デー集会は終了した。

また、今回のイベントでは、集団疎開を余儀なくされたチェルノブイリの被災者の子供たちが描いた絵画も展示された。 長年チェルノブイリの子供たちをボランティアで支援してきたロンドン在住日本人女性が、キエフに訪れた際に預かってきたものだ。 過去5年間に描かれた250点もの作品のうちの一部である。
壁に貼るスペースが足りなくなり、出席者が首から絵をぶらさげて、歩くギャラリーになるというユニークな試みもあり、出席者たちはそれぞれ興味深く絵を鑑賞していた。
「JAN UK」では今後もさまざまな反原発イヴェントを企画しており、6月2日(日)には、日本で行われ1000万人アクションと連帯しての勉強会が予定されている。

Videos:

Speech by Tamara Krasitskava from Zemlyaki

Answering Questions

Singing Katyusha

Explains the meaning of Black & Red Rose

Sit-in protest in Japan reaches 1000th day

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201401140051

In Fukuoka, Japan —

In April 2011, one month after the onset of the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, demonstrators staged a sit-in outside the head office of Kyushu Electric Power Co.

The anti-nuke protesters were still there the next day, and the day after that.

On Jan. 14, the activists marked the 1,000th day of their sit-down protest.

“Humans cannot live side by side with nuclear energy,” said protest organizer Yukinobu Aoyagi. “Never again should lives be threatened and livelihoods deprived.”

…The protesters now gather outside Kyushu Electric’s main office on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with banners that read, “Let’s stop nuclear plants.” Each day, they erect two 2.5-meter-square canopies on a sidewalk to shield themselves from the elements.
The canopies, bought with donations from supporters, have been replaced three times.

In summer months, the sidewalk often becomes baking hot. Some protesters suffered dramatic weight loss from sweating. In winter, oil stoves are not enough to ward off the chill factor from the wind.

… The Nuclear Regulation Authority is expected to complete safety screenings for Kyushu Electric’s Genkai and Sendai nuclear plants this year. The Abe administration plans to have idle reactors up and running once they are deemed safe.

Worried about Aoyagi’s physical condition, some say it may be time to put an end to the campaign. But the activist said he has no intention of calling it quits.

More at http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201401140051

Voices from Fukushima

From Japanese Against Nuclear UK http://www.januk.org/english/voice.html

A Fukushima mother says:
My children cannot play outside any more.
Children around here have all got into the habit of walking in the middle of the road to avoid the radiation in dust by the kerbside.
They go and ask adults if it is OK to touch the soil even on their recuperation holiday.

A child writes:
My wishes today are very different from the ones I had before.
These are my wishes today:
Please make radiation disappear.
Please make my home an evacuation zone.
Please make Japan peaceful again.
I want to live a long life.
I want to know if adults really think everything is alright?
I want adults to get rid of nuclear power plants from Japan because we have many earthquakes here.
I want to cheer up people who have evacuated.
I want to make everyone smile and feel happy.

I want everyone in Japan to rebuild our village.
I want to have a dog outside when the radiation disappears.
I want to go to recuperation with my school friends.

Another child says:
How long will I live?
Why do I have to change schools?
Everyday, I have to wear a long-sleeved top, long trousers, a mask and a hat even on a hottest day.
I can’t play outside.
We can’t open windows.
My mother is always watching TV or sitting in front of the computer, checking news.
I’m changing school and there are only seven days left. I’m very sad. I don’t want to go.
The TV says Fukushima is safe, but when we go to those talks, the speakers say it is not safe.

A teenage girl says:
I worry if I will have a healthy baby when I grow up and get married.
My mother is doing all she can to protect me.
She stops me from participating in the physical education classes outside.
She buys food produced far away from Fukushima.
But, I know I’m still taking in radiation bit by bit.
My body is contaminated compared to other normal people.
My baby might be born with disabilities.
My womb may become damaged, and I may not be able to have a baby.
I’m prepared for the possibility that I can’t have children.

Message from water spirit

From David Spangler
Posted on his Facebook page, January 13, 2014
https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Spangler/786197814727930?ref=stream
MESSAGE FROM WATER SPIRIT

I’m posting the following story at the request of a water spirit I encountered four or five days ago.

I haven’t had an experience quite like this one before. I had just filled a glass with water from the tap, and as I was lifting it up to drink, there suddenly appeared in the water in the glass a small being that identified itself as a water spirit. It spoke with great urgency and passion and said, in effect, “When you use water, please send loving, healing, and uplifting energy (Light) to the kingdom of the water spirits for many of our kind are suffering and are under siege from the continuing and increasing pollution of water by humanity. We need your support and blessing from which we can draw strength.”

This was a heartfelt appeal, and I had an image of water spirits in rivers and in the ocean trying to cope with the disruption of their environment by all the ways we are polluting the water. I felt a concern on the part of this little being that there could come a time when pure or drinkable water would be a rarity, and all life would suffer.

The sense I had was that many water spirits were weakening under the onslaught of the toxicity that human beings dump into their realm–not that they are poisoned themselves but that their contact with the water is weakened and they are driven back, so to speak, unable to make full connection with the water they serve….it’s hard for me to explain.

But the request seemed to suggest that if we sent love and Light and gratitude and good subtle energies to the spirits of water, that they could draw on that to renew their strength and energy in trying to keep the etheric and energetic qualities of water clean and strong.

As I said, I’ve never had an experience quite like this. I’m not an alarmist, but the appeal of this being was so heartfelt that now whenever I pour myself a glass of water or take a shower or bath, I tune in to the realm of water spirits and elementals and offer my Light and blessing and strength.

I’m passing it on should you like to do the same.