Remembering Fukushima in London 2018: vigil

A big thank you to everyone who braved the icy rain to remember Fukushima in a vigil in front of the Japanese Embassy in London.

Embassy of Japan, London, 101-104 Piccadilly, on the left, vigil across the road, on the right
Vigil with banners on the fence of Green Park, opposite the Embassy of Japan
Julie Ward MEP (on the left) participated in a Green Cross International study tour of Fukushima in 2014 and witnessed the devastation – of people and environment – first hand. Next to Julie are Sister Maruta, David of CND & Kick Nuclear and Reverend Nagase.
Sunflowers are a commonly used symbol for a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear power
“Nuclear Power? No Thanks!” banner. The ‘smiling sun’ logo was designed in 1975 by Anne Lund and Søren Lidberg of OOA, Denmark


“Renewable Energy – Yes Please!”
The government said it was safe “… so the children played outside” – in radioactive fallout from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Atsuko Kamura performs “Melting 311.”
Sister Maruta of Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda and Reverend Nagase of Battersea Peace Pagoda, both Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist, bring peace with chanting and prayer


After Windscale (Sellafield) 1957, Kyshtym 1957, Santa Susana 1959, Three Mile Island 1979, Chernobyl 1986 and Fukushima 2011 – it’s time to move beyond nuclear.
A big thank you do our friends at Stop Hinkley for coming all the way from Somerset with banners and wearable nuclear waste barrels, which highlight the unacceptable risks posed to all living things by nuclear waste, a dangerous toxic legacy for many generations to come.
“Wave Nuclear Power Goodbye” banner brought to the vigil by Stop Hinkley. Amazing that this was made many years before 11 March 2011, the date the earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe, with tonnes of highly radioactive water pouring out of the site into the Pacific ocean every day, nonstop since 2011.
A big thank you to our friends at Bromley & Beckenham CND for joining us with this fab banner and moving poetry by Ann Garrett