‘Nuclear Japan’ film screening at SOAS, 12 July 2016


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‘Nuclear Japan’ film screening at SOAS, 12 July 2016

Statement re Fukushima

From JAN UK:

Friday 24th June 2016

10:00 vigil outside the Japanese Embassy, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

11:30 read-out of the statement

13:00 vigil outside the office of TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), 14-18 Holborn, London EC1 (near Chancery Lane station)

Dear Anti-Nuclear Power activists/supporters and friends,

On 20 June, about 30 members from London Region CND including 4 Japanese supporters from JAN UK (Japanese Against Nuclear) and Nipponzan Myohoji participated in the MAD Hatters Tea Party to protest against Nuclear Weapons. This was organized at the entrance to the Burghfield AWE (Atomic Weapon Establishment) where the UK Nuclear Bombs are assembled.

On the same day in Japan the Nuclear Regulation Authority ( NRA ) said that No.1 and No.2 reactors at Kansai Electric’s Takahama plant can extend operation for up to 20 years because they meet safety guidelines. This decision was quickly denounced by Greenpeace, which said the move goes far beyond regulatory failure.

With strong solidarity with the Japanese Anti-Nuclear movements including every Friday evening Anti-Nuclear Power demo in front of Prime Minister’s official residence and the Diet in Tokyo, we, JAN-UK, KickNuclear and CND are planning to organise another monthly protest vigil and the statement read-out to the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and TEPCO on 24 June 2016.

Our Friday vigil will start from 10.00 AM and the statement read-out from 11.30 AM. We will then move on to the TEPCO office ( 14-18 Holborn near Chancery Lane station ). There we will have a vigil and hand in the statement to TEPCO from 13.00 to 13.30 PM.

Anyone is welcome to join in with Anti-Nuclear/Peace messages, songs, poems, etc.

6 月20日ロンドンCNDのメンバー約30名(JAN及び日本山妙法寺からの日本人4名を含む)がバーフィールド原爆工場の入り口でマッド・ハッタ―
同日に日本ではNuclear Regulation Authority (核規制委員会)は関西電力の高浜原発1号基・2号基に20年の稼働延長を許可すると発表しました。
このような状況下で、日本での原発再稼働反対の運動(特に首相官邸前国会正門前での反原発金曜デモ)を強力に支持するために6月24日、金曜日、午前10時よりJAN-UK, KickNuclear, CNDはロンドン日本大使館前にて、脱原発、再稼働反対のビラまき、11時半より安倍首相宛に脱原発、
再稼働反対の声明文を読みあげ大使館に手渡します。その後TEPCO 事務所に移動し(14-18 Holborn near Chancery Lane station )、声明文を
Venue(場所):In front of the Japanese Embassy and TEPCO Office. 日本大使館前及び東電前。
Date/Time(日時): 24 June 2016, Friday, 10.00 – 12.30 and 13.00 – 13,30. 2016年6月24日金曜日10時ー12時半そして13時ー13時半。
Statement re Fukushima

‘The Babukshkas of Chernobyl’ documentary

Some thoughts by Lis Fields
I found this documentary about “the last specimens of a dying species” inspiring, frustrating and heartbreaking.
It was inspiring to see these elderly women who’d survived the horrors of the Nazi invasion and the Stalin years still so resilient, strong-willed and self-sufficent. And defiant: “I won’t go anywhere [else] even at gunpoint”.
But despite the glorious bright colours of their headscarves and textiles, and the lush green forest around them, their lives are extremely tough: they are living in dire poverty, in decrepit shacks, most of their food grown or foraged from their contaminated land and the surrounding forest. Their meagre pensions are sometimes delayed for months at a time. Apart from one or two elderly neighbours they are isolated as most of their fellow villagers are long gone – dead or living elsewhere. One woman says the doctors used to come once a month to check their blood pressure and give them pills and shots, but not any more.
I feel that these women have been utterly failed by their government and the nuclear industry: why should they have to choose between “five happy years” in their contaminated rural homes or “fifteen years condemned to a concrete high-rise on the outskirts of Kiev”? If they had been rehoused in cottages on plots of uncontaminated land would they still want to return to their old homes?
Why should they be more afraid of starvation than radiation? One Babushka says “They told us our legs would hurt [if they returned to contaminated home], and they do. So what.”
Holly Morris, co-director of the film, says in her 2013 TED talk:
“These women have outlived their counterparts who evacuated by some estimates by 10 years” and “Could it be that those ties to ancestral soil, the soft variables reflected in their aphorisms actually affect longevity? The power of motherland, so fundamental to that part of the world, seems palliative. Home and community are forces that rival even radiation”.
In 2011 Morris observed that “No health studies have been done, but anecdotal evidence suggests that most of the Babushkas die of strokes (my emphasis) rather than any obvious radiation-related illnesses, and they’ve dealt better with the psychological trauma.”
If the ‘anecdotal evidence’ is true and most of the Babushkas do indeed die of strokes, perhaps these strokes very much the consequence of their chronic exposure to the high levels of radiation in their food, water and air:
“Radiation-induced cardiovascular diseases (CVD) include coronary heart disease and arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis in the vascular system. Strokes are usually included in studies on CVD …. It is now well established (Little MP et al, 2008; Kreuzer et al, 2015) that cardiovascular risks are raised after moderate to high exposures to radiation. In fact, these risks limit the survival times of cancer patients after radiation treatment (Heidenreich and Kapoor, 2009).” Ian Fairlie, TORCH-2016 page 70.
I’m with film critic Ben Kenigsberg who observes:
“Although the danger of the surroundings is suggested through the constant presence of beeping meters, “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” could have done more to shed light on its subjects’ health. Ivanivna, we’re told, was at the reactor site the night of the disaster and had her thyroid removed two years later. Late in the film, she receives a test (briefly interrupted by a ringing cell phone, in an endearing comic moment) in which she learns that her cesium level is elevated but that she’s within the “maximum average dosage.” What does that mean, exactly? The movie implies that the women’s happiness has been a great benefit to their well-being.”
‘The Babukshkas of Chernobyl’ documentary

‘From Cher30byl – Fuku5hima: Beyond Nuclear’ 2016 conference presentations

Presentations from Cher30byl – Fuku5hima: Beyond Nuclear – Towards a safe, secure and affordable nuclear free energy future, conference in Manchester, England, 18-20 March 2016.

full programme

Friday 18 March:

Presentations from Cher30byl – Fuku5hima: Beyond Nuclear, 18 March

‘From Cher30byl – Fuku5hima: Beyond Nuclear’ 2016 conference presentations

‘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

More articles about nuclear power can be found on John’s website, marked with an asterisk (*)

Why ECCSs can't work-1

Why ECCSs can't work-2

Why ECCSs can't work-3

Why ECCSs can't work-4

Why ECCSs can't work-5

‘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














‘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.

Powerpoint: TMousseau-reChernobyl-UK-March 2016


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