‘Why Emergency Core Cooling Systems Can’t Work’

The following is a presentation made by John Busby at the Remember Fukushima Parliamentary meeting in London on 17 March 2016.

Pdf: Why ECCSs can’t work

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‘Why Emergency Core Cooling Systems Can’t Work’

‘Nuclear’s Inherent Insecurities’

The following is a presentation made by Dr. David Lowry at the Remember Fukushima Parliamentary meeting in London on 17 March 2016.

Powerpoint: Nuclear’s inherent insecurities, Parliamentary Presentation, 17 -3- 2016


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‘Nuclear’s Inherent Insecurities’

‘Biological Effects of Nuclear Radiation from the Chernobyl and Fukushima Disasters’

The following is a presentation made by Professor Timothy Mousseau at the Remember Fukushima Parliamentary meeting in London on 17 March 2016.

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No More Fukushima pilgrimage in Wales

PILGRIMAGE FOR NO MORE FUKUSHIMA

“I hope this very short pilgrimage become a little contribution toward nuclear free world”.

From 22 – 24 April 2016, Reverend G. Nagase will walk from Aberffraw to Holyhead, location of Wylfa B Nuclear Power Plant.

Reverend G. Nagase, member of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order, is based at the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park in London.

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Reverend G. Nagase, Sarasa Aihara, Reverend Y. Kamoshita & Maya Evans of VCNV outside the Japanese Embassy, London, February 2016

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Chapter XIX of the Lotus Sutra, the Merits of the Preacher, says: “If he refers to popular classics, maxims for ruling the world, means of livelihood, and so forth, all will coincide with the True Law”. Politics, economy, and so forth, all must coincide with the True Law. If this is not practised, then the world will perish.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) also clearly stated ‘THERE IS NO WEALTH BUT LIFE’ in his ‘Unto This Last’ (4 Essays on the First Principles of Political Economy, published in 1862). In 1904, in South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi read this book and was deeply impressed and influenced by it. In 1908, Gandhiji used the time of his first long imprisonment to paraphrase this book into Gujarati and called it ‘Sarvodaya’ (equal rise or prosperity of all without exception).

For the outstanding Japanese economist, Hirofumi Uzawa (1928-2014), the words ‘THERE IS NO WEALTH BUT LIFE’ became his lifetime motto. No More Hiroshimas, No More Nagasakis, No More Fukushimas, must be the mission for the Japanese people and Japan must abolish nuclear power. Instead, Japanese technology must be used for renewable and sustainable energy for a peaceful future.

In the Old Testament, Malachi Chapter IV, says: “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; then all the arrogant and all evildoers shall be stubble, and the day that is coming shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will not leave them root or branch. But for you, who revere My name, the sun of righteousness will arise with healing its beams, and you will go forth and leap like calves from the stall”.

I should like to make a humble short Peace Pilgrimage for No More Fukushimas from St Cwyfan’s Church in the Sea to Wylfa-B for a peaceful nuclear free future for our children’s children’s children.

I should like to ask for your kind support to help make this Pilgrimage possible.

With palms together in prayer.

Nipponzan Myohoji, The London Peace Pagoda

Rev.G.Nagase

Schedule (tbc)

22 April 2016                 St. Cwyfan’s Church in the Sea, near Aberffraw

23 April 2016                 From St. Cwyfan’s Church in the Sea – Holyhead

24 April 2016                 Holyhead – Wylfa-B


Previous Peace Walks made by Reverend G. Nagase:

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The ‘Old Man of Coniston’ aka John Ruskin with his loving dog Bramble at Brantwood, Cumbria. Photo by John McClelland, half-plate glass negative, 25 July 1898
  • 1991 England: walk from Brantwood (John Ruskin’s home), Coniston, Cumbria to London Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park
  • 1992 France: walk from Ruskin Pavillion(Mornex) to Strasbourg.
  • 1993 Austria to Poland: walk from Vienna Peace Pagoda to Oświęcim,(Auschwitz),
  • 1994 Ukraine to Russia: visit and pray at Chernobyl, walk from Kiev to Yasnaya Polyana(Leo Tolstoy’s home)

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No More Fukushima pilgrimage in Wales

Statement to PM Shinzo Abe & Ambassador Keiichi Hayashi, 11.3.2016

Read out at the Remember Fukushima Vigil outside the Japanese Embassy London on 11 March 2016

Statement to:

Mr Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

Mr Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom

The decision last week to indict executives of Japan’s largest energy utility, Tokyo Electric Power Company, for their failure to prevent the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi is a major step forward for the people of Japan. The fact that this criminal prosecution is taking place at all is a vindication for the thousands of civilians and their dedicated lawyers who are challenging the nation’s largest power company and the establishment system. It is a devastating blow to the obsessively pro-nuclear Abe government, which is truly fearful of the effect the trial will have on nuclear policy and public opinion over the coming years.

Today we stand here in solidarity with the people of Fukushima and Japan to demand a nuclear-free society. Fukushima disasters are not over. The tragedy is still continuing. A similar accident could happen any time anywhere in the world. It is hard to understand how Japan can justify restarting its nuclear reactors and exporting nuclear technology after the Fukushima disaster. Suddenly during 6–8 April 2015, the monitoring posts in Minamisoma detected very high radioactivity.

We now know that a civil nuclear disaster results in devastation similar to a nuclear war. We have the right to live in a world free from this nuclear brutality. Governments have an obligation to protect their citizens and future generations. Children played no part in the policy which led to the disaster at Fukushima. Yet, it is the young and unborn who are the most vulnerable to radiation. They are the future. Nothing is more important than protecting them.

Nuclear power, even without accidents, inevitably creates permanent and deadly contamination. It damages or destroys people’s health, the eco-system and the environment. From uranium mining to nuclear waste, nuclear energy is incompatible with life. Radiation has assaulted people in Japan, UK and other parts of the world repeatedly. The genetic disease will be transmitted into the future generations.

We say, “Enough is enough!” The latest polling shows 59% of Japanese people oppose restarting nuclear reactors, including Sendai. The NRA decision ignores the majority opinion.

The people of Japan, still suffering the ongoing tragedy of Fukushima, understand that the NRA is not protecting the public but only the interests of an industry in crisis. Sendai reactors are now set to restart in July. But, there are more and more sings of volcanic activities in Kyushu which will force Sendai Nuclear Power Plant to be shut again soon.

Sendai, Ikata and Takahama may make headlines in Japan and elsewhere today as a step toward restarts, but it does not change that for an entire year and 10 months, as of 11 August 2015 Japan has been nuclear free.

This is in large part due to the commitment of the people of Japan who have taken to the streets to protest nuclear restarts, have fought and won in courts, have massively reduced energy demand, and rapidly expanded clean, renewable solar panels.

This is impressive leadership from the people which has advanced Japan’s future despite the determination of the Abe Government and dirty energy industries to drag Japan backward into the energy dark ages.

The people have proven their commitment to a clean energy future, and they’ve shown the world that it is possible. It is happening now.

For the sake of our children and future generations, this planet must be protected from deadly nuclear contamination. We, as world citizens, demand the Japanese government implements the following:-

  • Evacuate children and young people from contaminated areas.
  • Reinstate the pre-Fukushima radiation safety standards.
  • Provide uncontaminated water and food to all children and young people.
  • Give free and prompt medical checks and treatments for all those exposed to Fukushima radiation.
  • Monitor contamination accurately and publicise the data immediately.
  • Stop futile and costly decontamination projects.
  • End the state myth that radiation below the so-called “safety” limit is safe.
  • Stop suppressing radiation-related health data and statistics.
  • Abolish nuclear energy and switch to renewables.
  • Abandon nuclear fuel recycling.
  • Stop exporting nuclear power and technology.
  • Disclose up-to-date information on the state of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Take responsibility for decommissioning Fukushima reactors.
  • Prosecute those responsible for the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
  • Protect the civil rights of anti-nuclear and anti-radiation citizens.
  • Respect freedom of expression and speech.
  • Comply with Japan’s ‘No-Nuclear weapon principles’.
  • Uphold the Peace Constitution. The article 9 should be kept as it is without expanding interpretation for more military action overseas.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima – Japan should share the lessons of these tragedies with the international community, and lead the world towards a nuclear-free future. Remember Fukushima – No to nuclear power! No to restart of Sendai, Ikata and Takahama.

Saikado Hantai. Saikado Hantai, Saikado Hantai, 再稼働反対!再稼働反対!再稼働反対! No to restart of Nuclear Reactors!!

Shigeo Kobayashi on behalf of Japanese Against Nuclear UK

Reverend Gyoro Nagase on behalf of Nipponzan Myohoji

Rik Grafit-Mottram on behalf of Kick Nuclear

Professor Dave Webb, Chairman, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Kate Hudson, General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Statement to PM Shinzo Abe & Ambassador Keiichi Hayashi, 11.3.2016

Statement to TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) 11.3.2016

The following statement was read out on 11 March 2016:

Statement to :

Mr Fumio Sudo, Chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company

Mr Naomi Hirose, President of Tokyo Electric Power Company

The decision last week to indict executives of Japan’s largest energy utility, Tokyo Electric Power Company, for their failure to prevent the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi is a major step forward for the people of Japan. But it would be naïve to think that profound behavioural change will inevitably follow. In fact, the five years after the accident, Japan’s nuclear industry has not just failed to learn the lessons of the accident, it is still actively ignoring them. In the three years since nuclear plant operators applied to restart their shutdown nuclear fleet, the evidence shows that when it comes to nuclear safety the bottom line is not safety, but money.

We stand here today to protest in solidarity with the people of Fukushima and Japan to demand a nuclear-free society.

Fukushima is not over. The tragedy has been continuing still. Radiation has entered the environment, eco-system and food chain. Millions of children are living in contaminated areas while others have been forced to flee from their homes. Signs of radiation-related health damage, such as the marked increase in child thyroid cancer, have begun to emerge. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced. Countless families, communities and businesses have been ruined. The ongoing emissions from Fukushima will continue to poison Japan, the Pacific and ultimately the entire planet. The genetic disease will be transmitted into the future generations.

The NRA decision ignores the majority opinion. The people of Japan, still suffering the ongoing tragedy of Fukushima, understand that the NRA is not protecting the public but only the interests of an industry in crisis.

Sendai, Ikata and Takahama may make headlines in Japan and elsewhere today as a step toward restarts, but it does not change that for an entire year and 10 months, as of 11 August 2015, Japan has been nuclear-free.

This is in large part due to the commitment of the people of Japan who have taken to the streets to protest nuclear restarts, have fought and won in courts, have massively reduced energy demand, and rapidly expanded clean, renewable solar PV.

This is impressive leadership from the people which has advanced Japan’s future despite the determination of the Abe government and dirty energy industries to drag Japan backward into the energy dark age.

People have proven their commitment to a clean energy future, and they have shown the world that it is possible. It is happening now.

For the sake of justice, and for the safety of people in Fukushima, Japan and the world, we demand TEPCO implements the following:

1. Abandon nuclear power

It is reckless and despicable that TEPCO is planning to restart its reactors after Fukushima. The disaster has shown us that we cannot control nuclear reaction. Nuclear power, even without accidents, results in permanent and deadly contamination. TEPCO has been forced to release the radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Fukushima is also depleting the nuclear power workforce as many of the workers reach their lifetime radiation dose limit. How dare TEPCO even think about running reactors again?

2. Stop the cover-up

Tell the people of Japan and the world about the state of Fukushima Daiichi so that appropriate actions can be taken to protect both them and the workers at the plant. Cooperate fully with all external investigations. Stop manipulating the media and other relevant authorities. Although technically controlled by the government and funded by tax payers, TEPCO still behaves as if it were above the law. TEPCO decides what data it discloses to the state investigators and the media. They still maintain that Fukushima has been stabilised and that nuclear power is safe, green and cheap. How dare they?! Please explain why suddenly during 6-8 April 2015 the monitoring posts in Minamisoma detected very high radioactivity!!

3. Take responsibility for Fukushima

TEPCO should be held to account for its negligence that has led to the Fukushima disaster. TEPCO executives have now moved to high positions in other nuclear businesses following the initial crisis at Fukushima. They ignored risks and dangers for many years. TEPCO remains an empire with a near-monopoly of the market. It continues to neutralise opponents to nuclear energy via misinformation, targeted sponsorship and political manipulation. How dare they?!

A nuclear disaster such as Chernobyl and Fukushima results in devastation similar to a nuclear war. Future generations have the right to live in a world free from such nuclear horror. Nuclear power must be stopped now, once and for all.                                               Remember Fukushima – No to nuclear power! No to restart of Sendai, Ikata and Takahama.

Saikado Hantai! Saikado Hantai! Saikado Hantai! 再稼働反対!再稼働反対!再稼働反対!

Shigeo Kobayashi on behalf of JAN UK

Reverend Gyoro Nagase on behalf of Nipponzan Myohoji

Rik Garfit-Mottram on behalf of Kick Nuclear

Professor Dave Webb, Chairman, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Kate Hudson, General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Statement to TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) 11.3.2016

Weekly Friday AM vigil in London

Every Friday [work day] members of Kick Nuclear and JAN UK hold a vigil outside the Japanese Embassy on Piccadilly in London to remember Fukushima and to protest against nuclear power.

The vigil begins at 10:00am GMT to coincide with the vigils held in Tokyo at 6:00pm JST, outside the Prime Minister’s residence and outside the Diet (Parliamentary) building. These two vigils are attended by hundreds of people. Dozens more such vigils are held across Japan, in the USA and in other parts of the world.

More here:

Weekly vigil outside Japanese Embassy

Weekly Friday AM vigil in London