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“A comprehensive decontamination is impossible”
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A Speech delivered by Reverend G. Nagase on Hiroshima Day, 6 August 2018, at Tavistock Square, London:
Next year – 2019 – will mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. It will also mark John Ruskin’s 200th birth anniversary. In 1904, in South Africa, Gandhiji read Ruskin’s Unto This Last, and the book galvanized him. It changed his life. In Unto This Last, Ruskin clearly states: ‘THERE IS NO WEALTH BUT LIFE’.
In 1908, Mahatma Gandhi paraphrased Unto This Last into Gujarati, and entitled it SARVODAYA. Sarvodaya means ‘equal rise or prosperity of all, without exception’. Gandhiji used the concept of Sarvodaya to envisage the establishment of a peaceful society through the nonviolence of the brave and the compassionate.
In 1897, the famous American sculptor Gutzon Borglum (1867–1941) visited John Ruskin at his home Brantwood, on the shores of Coniston Water in the Lake District. After Ruskin’s passing in 1900, Borglum created a sculpture of Ruskin in 1903 which today sits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.
John Ruskin was born in Brunswick Square at 54 Hunter Street, a mere 500 metres or so from here. In this progressive borough of Camden, Brunswick Square is yet to have a statue of Ruskin, and Hunter Street does not have a blue plaque marking his birth place.
In 1946, Mahatma Gandhi said: “So far as I can see, the Atomic bomb has deadened the finest feeling that has sustained mankind for ages. There used to be the so-called laws of war, which made it tolerable. Now we know the naked truth. War knows no law except that of might. … I assume that Japan’s greed was more unworthy. But the greater unworthiness conferred no right on the less unworthy of destroying without mercy men, women and children of Japan in a particular area. The moral to be legitimately drawn from the supreme tragedy of the bomb is that it will not be destroyed by counter-bombs, even as violence cannot be by counter-violence. Mankind has to get out of violence only through non- violence. Hatred can be overcome only by love.”
A Chant for Peace: NAMUMYOHORENGEKYO.
With palms together in prayer,
Nipponzan Myohoji London Dojo
Reverend G. Nagase
Reverend G. Nagase’s speech can be found on page 15 of Gandhi Way, no. 138, available from the Gandhi Foundation: https://gandhifoundation.org/resources/
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit against TEPCO and the government gather in front of the Fukushima District Court in Fukushima on Nov 27.
November 28, 2018
FUKUSHIMA–Dismayed at a breakdown in talks for compensation, residents of the disaster-stricken town of Namie filed a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the central government for damages stemming from the nuclear accident here in March 2011.
The plaintiffs are seeking 1.3 billion yen ($11.4 million) in financial redress.
The entire town was evacuated in the aftermath of a triple core meltdown at TEPCO’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami.
The lawsuit was filed at the Fukushima District Court on Nov. 27 after five years of negotiations between the town and TEPCO collapsed in April over the utility’s refusal to meet demands for more compensation.
According to court papers, 109 plaintiffs of 49 households…
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November 14, 2018
Plutonium and radiocaesium are hazardous contaminants released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (FDNPP) disaster and their distribution in the environment requires careful characterisation using isotopic information. Comprehensive spatial survey of 134Cs and 137Cs has been conducted on a regular basis since the accident, but the dataset for 135Cs/137Cs atom ratios and trace isotopic analysis of Pu remains limited because of analytical challenges. We have developed a combined chemical procedure to separate Pu and Cs for isotopic analysis of environmental samples from contaminated catchments. Ultra-trace analyses reveal a FDNPP Pu signature in environmental samples, some from further afield than previously reported. For two samples, we attribute the dominant source of Pu to Reactor Unit 3. We review the mechanisms responsible for an emergent spatial pattern in 134,135Cs/137Cs in areas northwest (high 134Cs/137Cs, low 135Cs/137Cs) and southwest (low 134Cs/137Cs, high 135Cs/137Cs) of FDNPP. Several samples exhibit…
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One man is advocating for their protection
By Linda Pentz Gunter
A UN Special Rapporteur who last August joined two colleagues in sounding an urgent alarm about the plight of Fukushima workers, has now roundly criticized the Japanese government for returning citizens to the Fukushima region under exposure levels 20 times higher than considered “acceptable” under international standards.
He urged the Japanese government to “halt the ongoing relocation of evacuees who are children and women of reproductive age to areas of Fukushima where radiation levels remain higher than what was considered safe or healthy before the nuclear disaster seven years ago.”
Baskut Tuncak, (pictured at top) UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes, noted during a October 25, 2018 presentation at the UN in New York, as well at a press conference, that the Japan Government was compelling Fukushima evacuees to return to areas where “the level…
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Evacuees from nuclear disaster urge the Japanese government to comply with UN Human Rights standards
By Linda Pentz Gunter, with contributions from Kurumi Sugita and Akiko Morimatsu
When Kazumi Kusano stood in the CRIIRAD radiological laboratory in Valence, France listening to lab director, Bruno Chareyron, describe just how radioactive the soil sample taken from a school playground back home in Japan really was, she could not fight back the tears.
“This qualifies as radioactive waste,” Chareyron told them. “The children are playing in a school playground that is very contaminated. The lowest reading is 300,000 bequerels per square meter. That is an extremely high level.” (CRIIRAD is the Commission for Independent Research and Information about Radiation, an independent research laboratory and NGO).
Kazumi, a Japanese mother and Fukushima evacuee who prefers not to use her real name, was in France with two other mothers, Mami Kurumada and Akiko Morimatsu — all…
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Some excerpts from the English language website of the Plaintiffs of the Kyoto lawsuit against TEPCO and the Japanese Government over the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster:
• Over 12,000 Fukushima victims have filed 30 cases in different regions against the government and TEPCO.
• Six courts have so far judged that the plaintiffs have the right to evacuate and admitted the right to compensation.
• In the Kyoto regional court the judgement was made in March 2018. But the government and TEPCO have appealed. They don’t accept their responsibility for the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Preparations are now being made for the Osaka high court.
175 plaintiffs from 58 households who evacuated to Kyoto filed a suit in the Kyoto District Court against the Japanese government and TEPCO for damages.
The first appeal: 33 household/ 91 plaintiffs on the 17th September 2013
The second appeal :20 household/ 53 plaintiffs on the 7th March 2014
The third appeal: 11 household/ 31 plaintiffs on the 7th July 2015.
The purpose of this court case:
- To ensure strict observance of the national law in Japan which gives the maximum allowable radioactive dose for the public of 1mSv/year. The defendant should admit that citizens have the right to evacuate from the contaminated areas where the official dose limit is exceeded.
- To clarify the government and TEPCO’s responsibility for the Fukushima nuclear accident.
- The government and TEPCO should give compensation for damaging the victims’ stable lives through the nuclear disaster.
- The government and TEPCO should provide permanent measures for all nuclear victims, especially children, including: medical security, radioactive dose check-ups, housing support and employment measures.
The judgement in Kyoto was that the Government and TEPCO have responsibility for the nuclear accident. The right to evacuate for plaintiffs who have self-evacuated were accepted.
On the 15th of March 2018, the first decision of the Kyoto trial was delivered in beautiful spring sunshine.
Many people of the world are concerned with the judgement in our case. The decision made the Government and TEPCO’s responsibility clear. However, three families’ claims were rejected. Therefore, we have won partially. Memories of our efforts over five years came to us and it brought tears to our eyes.
Our right to evacuate was accepted, but for only two years. But the judge showed that the assessment of losses was particular to each plaintiff. The areas where we were accepted to evacuate from expanded to include Aizu, Chiba, Ibaraki and Tochigi. However, we do not accept that the amount of compensation for damages meets our losses.”
Continues here, including testimonies from individual plaintiffs: