Thank you all for visiting, reading and sharing the news with me on the Fukushima Appeal Blog. I’ve kept it running since February 2012. Unfortunately, I will need some break now to attend to some of my health issues.
I would like to thank this blog and its supporters for giving me an opportunity to become a part of the slowly awakening global community during this very important time of global change. I had zero knowledge of nuclear before the Fukushima disaster, and was and still am a just normal citizen. It’s been hard to see Japan becoming a criminal, immoral and authoritarian country since the Fukushima Disaster. So it’s been a huge awakening and healing process to have a platform to speak out instead of feeling powerless, angry and sad about it. With the new secret law that is going to be introduced in Japan soon, Japanese people will need more help than at any other time in its history from foreign bloggers, doctors and scientists. Please remember Fukushima. I hope that the more difficulties we may encounter, the stronger and connected we will become to fight against injustice and be able to act from our heart space. (Mia)
日本の皆さん、がんばってください。 再稼動反対、子供を守れ！ １ｍＳｖ／ｙの約束を守れ！
For more Fukushima update go to: www.nuclear-news.net, http://fukushima-diary.com/, https://www.facebook.com/fukushima311watchdog, http://enenews.com/, http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/, http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/ http://ex-skf.blogspot.co.uk/
Petition: Support Mari Takenouchi and Radiation Protection
日 本の皆様へ、個人的な感情面から、竹ノ内真理さんのことを批判したい方は、すでにそうしたのだから、これからは、その時間とエネルギーをエートス批判に向 けるべきではないでしょうか？ そしてボランテイアで、海外に向けて、英語発信する真理さんは、海外の情報源にとって、貴重な存在だと思います。 (Mia)
Urgent Petition: ttp://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/ask-japanese-government-promise-for-necessary-aid-for-children-who-are-still-exposed-radiation-more-than-1msv-year-3
“I hope that every child in Japan is given comprehensive thyroid blood testing including at the minimum TSH, Free T4, Free T3 and thyroid antibodies. Their thyroid function should be regularly tested on an ongoing basis. “ By Dana Trentini http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/thyroid-testing-for-japanese-children.html
*latest Fukushima Thyroid examination results released on Nov 12. (Complete English translation) (Source) http://fukushimavoice-eng2.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/thirteenth-prefectural-oversight.html
National Parents Network to Protect Children from Radiation
*Fuel Removal From Fukushima's Reactor 4 Threatens 'Apocalyptic' Scenario In November, TEPCO set to begin to remove fuel rods whose radiation matches the fallout of 14,000 Hiroshima bombs
*Kashiwazaki Nuclear Plant: Fukushima Governor stands in the way to stop restarting! 柏崎原発：再稼動させないよう立ちはだかる新潟県知事泉田氏 http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/kashiwazaki-nuclear-plant-fukushima.html
*Statement: Japanese civil society requests that the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee on Fukushima be revised 日本の６４の市民団体が福島事故に関しての国連科学の報告内容を改訂するよう要請 www.http://hrn.or.jp/eng/a tivity/area/worldwide/japanese-civil-society-requests-that-the-reports-of-the-united-nations-scientific-committee-on-fukus/
Anand Grover, Esq., UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, criticizes UNSCEAR report on Fukushima -10/24/2013 (1 of 4)国連「健康に対する権利」の特別報告者のアナンド・グローバー氏: 国連科学の報告を批判 Video - http://vimeo.com/78483070 October 24, 2013 (NYC, NY)
*Medical experts criticize UNSCEAR report for playing down consequences of Fukushima nuclear accident ドイツの専門家が国連科学の報告書を、｢福島事故の影響を過小評価している｣と批判! http://www.save-children-from-radiation.org/2013/11/05/medical-experts-criticize-unscear-report-for-playing-down-consequences-of-fukushima-nuclear-accident/
*Frightening Report from the UNSCEAR (The United nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation ＵＮSCEAR-国連科学委員会による、恐るべき報告。http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/frightening-report-from-unsear-united.html
*Heavily Criticized Recent WHO Report on Health Risk Assessment from the Fukushima Disaster 厳しく批判された最近の福島事故による健康被害についてのＷＨＯ報告 http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/who-report-on-health-risk-assessment.html
*UN Report – Japanese Delegation to The UN Spreads Lies and Deception! 国連報告書２０１３年４月 国連への日本政府代表団のうそとごまかし！ 抗議締め切り5月17日！ http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/un-report-japanese-delegation-to-un.html
*まとめ：国連報告書２０１３年４月 国連への日本政府代表団のうそとごまかし！ 抗議締め切り5月17日！http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/un-report-japanese-delegation-to-un.html
*A letter to all young athletes who dream of coming to Tokyo in 2020 東京オリンピックを目指している若い選手の方々へ Some Facts You Should Know About Fukushima 0.086Bq/kg was normal amount of ionizing radiation in fish before the Fukushima accident. Now it is 100Bq/kg 1160times more radioactive. http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/a-letter-to-all-young-athletes-who.html
Fukushima Petitions ☢ Please Sign and Share! Japan needs Worldwide Help NOW! Stop Fukushima Radiation – UN Action Needed
Mobilize the U.N. Security Council to declare Fukushima a global emergency;
*Tokyo radiation is worse than Gomel - Mika Noro’s speech on the impact of radiation in Japan http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/tokyo-radiation-is-worse-than-gomel.html
*Police arrest animal rescuers inside Fukushima evacuation zone — “They cannot be contacted and are being charged with crimes” http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/police-arrest-animal-rescuers-inside.html
Resistance posted by Ian Thomas Ash, a director of Fukushima Documantary Film "A2-B-C"
… As one does not train with weight that is too light,….. And as I write this, I realize something for the first time: the more I embrace the resistance, the more I am becoming it. http://ianthomasash.blogspot.jp/2013/11/resistance.html
*Fukushima Farmers negotiate with Japanese Government/Tepco 福島農家の若者、政府と東電に対して勇気ある発言 http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/fukushima-farmers-negotiate-with.html The current government limit is 100Bq/kg... 0.1Bq/kg for cesium in rice before the Fukushima disaster. … We feel guilty about growing it and selling it...
*Atomic bombs survivors received fair compensation, not so in Fukushima!
The Japanese Gov recognizes radiation related illnesses! http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/atomic-bombs-survivors-received-fair.html
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Coming Together to Stop Nuclear Weapons by Jen Maman 25/3/13
At Greenpeace, we believe that the battle to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons – the first campaign Greenpeace ever engaged in – is as urgent as ever and that we must not rest until we eliminate nuclear weapons from the world altogether. We also believe that civil society has a crucial role to play in the process and support the efforts made by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to bring civil society together for this purpose.
The impacts of nuclear weapons are not abstract or speculative. We know how terrible their impact is. Nuclear weapons have been used twice and have been tested on numerous occasions. And yet the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not put a stop to the race to acquire nuclear weaponry and test it, showing complete disregard to human beings and natural habitats; treating entire populations as guinea pigs.
Take for example the beautiful atoll of Rongelap in the Marshall Islands. In 1985 the residents of Rongelap asked Greenpeace to help them relocate to a new home.
They had no choice. Their islands had been contaminated in 1954 by radioactive fallout from a US nuclear weapons test, codenamed 'Bravo', conducted on the neighboring atoll of Bikini 200 km to the west. For years following the test many of the women exposed to the radiation suffered reproductive problems and many others have developed thyroid and other cancers. During this time the US repeatedly stated that Rongelap was a safe place to live.
The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior then helped the 350 residents leave the island they had populated for thousands of years and relocate them to another island. In the early 1990s the US acknowledged the damage cause to the Rongelapese and after long legal
battles agreed to pay some compensations. Nearly 30 years later, the Ronglapese still live in exile.
In 2009 a minimal 'clean up' was conducted and pressure was put on them to return, but many of them believe that the Island is still too contaminated. Even if they do return, they will be restricted in where they can gather food and will be heavily reliant on imported tinned food. The damaging legacy of the nuclear test nearly 60 years ago continues to be felt today.
This is what makes nuclear explosions truly monstrous: their impacts cannot be cleaned or erased – the contamination created by radiation will impact not only those living in the region now, but also future generations. There are no technologies capable of effectively cleaning up radiation. It persists over a long period of time and clean up is a dangerous, costly process, with only limited effect.
Much of what we know about radiation we learnt from accidents in the nuclear power sector. It has become clear that nuclear energy conceals inherent dangers, in some aspects, even greater than atomic weapons: the radiation release from one reactor in Chernobyl exceeded the radioactive contamination caused by the atomic weapons used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki by one hundred times.
Around Chernobyl, more than 25 years after the disaster, a vast area still remains uninhabitable despite billions beings spent and hundreds of thousands of people working on the very risky clean up, many of them paying with their lives or health. Contamination does not disappear overnight. Radiation has disastrous and long-term implications on health.
There is another painful parallel between the impacts of nuclear weapons and nuclear disasters: social disruption. Like in Chernobyl, the Fukushima nuclear accident two years ago has left vast areas around the reactors radioactively contaminated. The human suffering continues. And like the stigmatisation of the Hibakusha (people exposed to the effects of the bomb) after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, people in Fukushima region are now being stigmatised with some media reports and websites suggesting that Fukushima women are 'damaged goods'. The stigmatisation has now hit several generations.
When talking about impacts, we must not forget the environment. The production of nuclear weapons has polluted vast amounts of soil and water at hundreds of nuclear weapons facilities all over the world. Many of the substances released remain hazardous for thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of years.
When, in a thousand years from now, future archeologists would dig up what we have left behind, what would they find? Do we really want our existence on earth to be marked by the remains of nuclear reactors, missiles, ships, submarines, fuel and other waste? Do we want to leave behind plutonium (that takes around 250,000 years to become lead), uranium, strontium, caesium, benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls, mercury and cyanide?
No, this is not what I want to leave behind. Do you?
Nuclear weapons lead humanity on a path towards collective suicide. For the sake of our children, and for the sake of future generations, we must stop our governments from continuing along this path, choosing a peaceful, greener future instead.
Jen Maman is Greenpeace International peace adviser.
The post was compiled with input from Dr. Rianne Teule, a radiation expert and Greenpeace nuclear campaigner and Bunny McDiarmid Executive Director Greenpeace New Zeland/Aotearoa