“We must never forget this catastrophe …We must continue to counter the efforts of the Japanese Government, TEPCO, academics and official bodies to minimise its effects and to ignore the past.” Caroline Lucas MP re Fukushima, 19 March 2019

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L to R: Asami Yokota, Fukushima resident mother; Kaori (interpreting); Akiko Morimatsu, Fukushima evacuee mother; Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party, Host and Chair; Dr Ian Fairlie, independant consultant on radioactivity in the environment.

 

The Remember Fukushima Parliamentary public meeting took place in committee room 9 in the House of Commons, Westminster, London, on 19 March 2019.

Caroline Lucas MP, host and chair of the meeting, opened the meeting with the following speech:

“Eight years ago on March 11 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was triggered in Fukushima Prefecture about 150 miles north of Tokyo. Over the ensuing weeks, four explosions and three nuclear meltdowns occurred, over 160,000 people were evacuated and radioactive emissions were scattered over large tracts of Japan.

In 2012, an Investigative Panel of theJapanese National Diet (ie Parliament) concluded that the Fukushima disaster was “… profoundly man-made and was caused by a disregard of the risks of earthquakes by an industry determined to preserve the illusion that nuclear power was absolutely safe.” The Panel attributed the accident to the “collusion” of government, regulator and industry to gamble the public’s well-being on lowering the high cost of safety from an inherently dangerous technology.

The disaster continues to this day, and is still causing immense problems.

Unresolved issues include:

  • Many tonnes of melted nuclear fuel remain in an unstable state under reactors 1, 2 and 3
  • An estimated 300 tonnes of contaminated water are dumped daily into the Pacific Ocean. This water is needed to keep cool the melted nuclear fuel which must not be allowed to melt again.
  • Many millions of cubic metres of contaminated soil remain in huge temporary dumps, with no clear idea on where they will be stored in the long-term.
  • According to NHK World Japan, over 50,000 evacuees remain in temporary accommodation. Despite Government pressure to return to so-called ‘cleaned up’ towns, most evacuees are reluctant to do so.

Official TEPCO accounts of the accident and its toll are unreliable. The most comprehensive unofficial account is by the Simply Info Team in the US. Their March 2019 report (33 pages, 9 MB) can be downloaded at http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/SimplyInfoOrg_2019_annual_report_Fukushima_finalc.pdf

The toll of Fukushima is fearsome. Over 7% of the land area of Japan was contaminated to a serious level. Official reports state over 3,600 people have died as a result of the nuclear disaster, including over 2,000 during the evacuations necessary to avoid the large radiation exposures. Over 180 additional cases of thyroid cancer have been recorded in children and teenagers so far: more are expected.  From official WHO collective dose estimates, over 5,000 other cancers will also occur. Reports are now trickling out of other health effects, including recent spikesin congenital heart disease in infants.

But these are just the reported health studies. Who is counting the just as serious numbers of suicides, mental health effects, ‘nuclear’ divorces, and families who remain geographically apart? We shall hear shortly first hand testimonies of these effects.

The restoration, clean up, compensation and recovery costs are immense. The Japan Centre for Economic Research calculates these will range from £240 to £560 billion, about four times higher than Japanese Government estimates.

But we shall probably never know the true full costs of Fukushima.

We must never forget this catastrophe. That is why we are meeting here tonight. We must continue to counter the efforts of the Japanese Government, TEPCO, academics and official bodies to minimise its effects and to ignore the past. This, unbelievably, includes holding some events of the 2020 Olympic Games in contaminated parts of Tokyo and Fukushima Prefecture.

I should briefly mention that the legal fight for compensation is a major issue in Japan. Many court cases are being brought by Fukushima evacuees, parents and others and are now reaching an important stage. Two major class actions are the “Children’s Rights Trial”, which demands that local governments recognize the right of primary and secondary school students of Fukushima Prefecture to enjoy education in a healthy environment. Second the “Parent+Child Trial” which seeks compensation from the Fukushima prefectural and Japanese central governments.

This meeting is about Fukushima, but I wish briefly to refer to the UK situation as it has Japanese parallels. Here, two Japanese multinationals, Toshiba and Hitachi, recently indicated that they no longer wish to proceed with their proposed nuclear reactors in Cumbria and in Wales.  (A third, Mitsubishi, withdrew from its proposed reactors in Turkey 6 months ago.) They are all withdrawing from their nuclear businesses even as the Japanese Government and TEPCO are still pushing for the reopening of old reactors closed after the accident. Why are these Japanese nuclear conglomerates pulling out of nuclear?  A major factor has been the increased costs of safety features in new reactors now required after Fukushima.

I should like now to introduce our speakers tonight.

We warmly welcome to Britain three Japanese mothers from Fukushima, Akiko Morimatsu, Asami Yokota and Ms Sonoda who have been travelling throughout Europerecounting how they were affected and continue to be affected by the disaster.

Initially, Dr Ian Fairlie,an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment and former scientist within DEFRA, our Government’s environment department, will set the scene, and later make some concluding remarks.”

Video of Caroline Lucas delivering the speech

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“We must never forget this catastrophe …We must continue to counter the efforts of the Japanese Government, TEPCO, academics and official bodies to minimise its effects and to ignore the past.” Caroline Lucas MP re Fukushima, 19 March 2019

Photos from Dr Ian Fairlie’s presentation at the 2019 Remember Fukushima Parliamentary Public Meeting

Pdf file of photos from Dr Ian Fairlie “Fukushima Crisis Continues” London March 2019

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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant before the 11 March 2011 disaster

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Feb 2013 map showing the areas most contaminated by radioactive fallout from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, created by Professor Yukio Hayakawa of Gunma University, from a combination of government and citizen data
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Radioactive contamination of the Pacific ocean by Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
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The contamination travelled around the world: map showing the distribution of Cesium 137 fallout, just one of the many radioactive materials released from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011

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Radiation dose rate inside reactor 1
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plus: as recently reported by Fukuleaks, highly radioactive microparticles of nuclear fuel scattered unevenly for at least 100km – serious risk to health if these become airborne and are inhaled
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1m3 plastic bags, each one containing 1 tonne of radioactively contaminated topsoil or vegetation, cleared from fields, gardens, roadsides and parks
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Couple standing in a deserted high street inside the evacuation zone in Fukushima
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Infant being scanned for radioactive contamination during the March 2011 disaster

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Photos from Dr Ian Fairlie’s presentation at the 2019 Remember Fukushima Parliamentary Public Meeting

Vigil to Remember Fukushima in London in 2019

On 11 March 2019, we gathered for a vigil to mark the 8th anniversary of the beginning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe, on Piccadilly, London, across the road from the Embassy of Japan.

During the vigil we observed three minutes of silence for all of the victims of the March 2011 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Video by Shimin Media London:

Photos by Lis Fields:

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Banners on the railings of Green Park on Piccadilly, London

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Reverend Gyoro Nagase of Battersea Peace Pagoda and Sister Maruta of Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda, both Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist, bring peace with chanting, drumming and prayer

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Kaori reads a message from Ruiko Muto,
Member of Fukushima Women Against Nuclear Power
Chair of the Complainants for the Criminal Prosecution of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

 

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Nobu speaks about Fukushima and the urgent need to end the use of nuclear power and nuclear weapons
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Fay reads some of her poems

 

 

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Kazumi and friend sing a Japanese protest song
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Shigeo Kobayashi reads a letter addressed to Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan

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Vigil to Remember Fukushima in London in 2019

Fukushima 8th Anniversary: 2 events in London — nuclear-news

March 22, 2019 Every year since year 2011, I participated in Paris, France, to the events organized for the anniversary of Fukushima nuclear disaster. This year I decided to do it differently and to go to London, England, to participate there to the events organized by the London antinuclear community and the Japanese community. Four […]

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Petition Call for fair deliberation and judgment for the “Trial to Protect Children from Irradiation” — Fukushima 311 Voices

Please sign! To the Civil Department of Fukushima District Court There are two parts in the “Trial to Protect Children from Irradiation”: the “Children’s Rights Trial ” and the “Parent-Child Trial”. In the case of the first trial the defendants are the local governments. The plaintiffs demand the recognition of the right of primary and […]

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2019 march on Parliament & rally: photos

A big thank you to all who braved the fierce winds and bitter cold to join us on our march on Parliament and rally.

Photos: ©Lis Fields 2019:

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Assembling outside the London Embassy of Japan, Piccadilly …
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… outside the London Embassy of Japan, Piccadilly …

 

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… outside the London Embassy of Japan, Piccadilly …
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… outside the London Embassy of Japan, Piccadilly …
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… crossing Piccadilly in fierce winds ….
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… marching through Mayfair, along Piccadilly …
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… harmonised melodic chanting & rhythmic Uchiwa Daiko drumming through Mayfair, along Piccadilly …
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… harmonised melodic chanting & rhythmic Uchiwa Daiko drumming through Mayfair, along Piccadilly …
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… harmonised melodic chanting & rhythmic Uchiwa Daiko drumming through Mayfair, along Piccadilly …
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… passing by the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London …
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… marching down Regent Street St James’s from Piccadilly Circus …
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We stopped in front of the New Zealand High Commission on Haymarket to pay our respects with a minute of silence for our brothers and sisters who were murdered in their places of worship in Christchurch on Friday.
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Stopping outside Downing Street, off Whitehall …
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… Outside Downing street: more than 16 million 1m3 black plastic bags of radioactive soil & vegetation are still piling up across Fukushima, Japan, still with nowhere to go after eight years …
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… on Whitehall: heavy police presence due to Stand Up To Racism march & demo soon to arrive …
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… arriving at Westminster …
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… Palace of Westminster, partially shrouded for repairs – as are parts of wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, even after eight years …
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… marching in front of Big Ben, clad with scaffolding. at Westminster …
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… Shigeo addresses the gathering from the base of the George V statue, Old Palace Yard, opposite the House of Lords, Westminster …
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… “Congratulations to so many Japanese people for the witness they give us for peace and justice in the world. To honour nuclear victims we must campaign to stop military production.” Bruce Kent, CND Vice President, addresses the gathering, (a police officer has just informed us that we are no longer permitted to use a microphone or any amplification in this location)

 

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… gathered together opposite Parliament to listen to Bruce Kent, CND Vice President (Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament) …
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… gathered together opposite Parliament to listen to Bruce Kent, CND Vice President (Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament) …
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“Let us honour the memory of the Fukushima disaster by campaigning to scrap Sizewell C and all plans for new dirty, dangerous and expensive nuclear power, “Dr Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary (Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament), addresses the rally …
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Roy Pumfrey speaks on behalf of Stop Hinkley
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Reverend Gyoro Nagase of Battersea Peace Pagoda and Sister Maruta of Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda, both Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist, with bring peace with chanting & prayer with their friend Mark …
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Bunny Easton, veteran peace campaigner and regular participant of the weekly Friday morning Remember Fukushima vigil outside the London Embassy of Japan, Piccadilly
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Neil Crumpton, speaks on behalf of PAWB (People Against Wylfa B)
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Simon Kobayashi
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Kaori reads a message from Ruiko Muto,
Member of Fukushima Women Against Nuclear Power
Chair of the Complainants for the Criminal Prosecution of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
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An appeal for an end to all wars by Bunny Easton, veteran peace campaigner and regular participant of the weekly Friday morning Remember Fukushima vigil outside the London Embassy of Japan, Piccadilly

 

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Ann Garrett reads one of her poems
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Red and Green choir and Raised Voices choir
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On right: Atsuko Kamura who has just performed a Japanese folk song, a capella, with her friend on the left.
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In the shadow of Westminster Abbey, Shigeo concludes the rally.

Additional photos from Ann Garrett:

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Fay and Ann Garrett hold FoE Bromley banner
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Ann Garrett and friend hold Bromley CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) banner

 


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2019 march on Parliament & rally: photos

Technical Note on Safety Problems at Reactors 3 and 4 at Hunterston B, Nr Ardrosson Scotland —

On the 8th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster there are events taking place by campaigners in the UK and around the world to Remember Fukushima. It seems however that lessons have not been learned by the regulators and by the nuclear industry. The precautionary principle which should apply with solid brass bells on, to […]

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