June 19th Great Action of Angry Fukushima

Doro-Chiba Quake Report No.26

Radiation can’t take away our future! Stop all Nuke Plant!
June 19th Great Action of Angry Fukushima
June 19th, 13:00, Demonstration begins at 15:00
Place: Machinaka Park, Fukushima City

Shake up Fukushima office of Government and TEPCO
(located in Prefectural Office) with our angry voices!

The accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant is aggravating day after day and the critical disaster still remains out of control. It has recently been disclosed that in No.1 Reactor, meltdown caused leak out of nuclear fuels from the damaged pressure vessel and the container. The situation is similar also in No.2 and 3 Reactor. A terrible amount of radiation is being diffused with a large volume of water into inside and outside of the buildings. No-entry zone has been expanded to a radius of 20 kilometer and 60,000 people have been forced to evacuate.

Farmers are obliged to abandon rice planting, complaining that there is no fault in the quality of seed rice. Dairy farmers are sending their precious cows to be dispatched, bidding farewell with tears in their eyes, “We’ll never forget you, my dear cattle”. In Fukushima city, school children can’t go to playground to athletic exercises and events because of high degree radioactivity.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, while issuing an instruction that windows of classrooms should be closed (even in a room without air-conditioner), shamelessly insists that there is no immediate harm to health. Who are responsible for all these results?

Human being and nuclear power are absolutely incompatible. To defend our life and the future of children, it is urgent and necessary to abolish immediately all nuclear plants and nuclear weapons all over the world.

Nuclear weapon and nuclear plant are products of profit-seeking capitalism. Construction of nuclear plants has been proceeded as sate policy since Nakasone administration (1982~1987), which launched a series of neo-liberal offensive by the Division and Privatization of National railway (in 1987). While labor movement suffered a serious setback under capitalist attack, “efficiency and profitability” became top priority and outsourcing and casualization were carried out in a large scale. As a result, safety measures were totally put aside as waste of expense. Deadly Amagasaki rail accident of Japan Railway Company in 2005 was a typical example.

Nuclear plant has been run on the sacrifice of dangerous labor of casual workers exposed to constant radioactive radiation. Very recently a death of nuclear plant worker is disclosed. These workers are now daily dispatched to the spot of nuclear accidents for reparation of the wrecked nuke plants without enough safety measures under sever working conditions. Labor unions (Rengo and Zenroren, two major labor national centers) that closely cooperated with the government and Electric Power Companies in implementation of nuclear policy and construction of nuke plants should take full responsibility for what happened to those workers.

It is worker that is capable to construct, run and stop nuclear plants. Only way to stop and abolish nuke plants is revitalization of labor union to take back its original power. When we succeed in carrying out this task of reviving labor union, there will be no second Fukushima.

The huge tsunami has swallowed a large dimension of farmlands and fishing harbors and radiation due to the nuclear plant accident has been expanding to almost all regions of East Japan, threatening agriculture and fishing industry into ruin. One million jobs have already been lost.

We condemn Kan administration and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company): You should take full responsibility for all disasters and plights of people! Give us back houses, jobs, farmlands! Stop massive dismissal because of the huge Quake! We, rallying in unity of working class, have the future in our own hands.

“Radiation can’t take away our future!”
“Stop all nuke plants immediately and decommission them!”

With these common slogans, let’s develop our movement from Fukushima to the rest of Japan and the whole world!

Organizing Committee of June 19th Great Action of Angry Fukushima
http://20110311.blog.shinobi.jp/

Radiated workers may be drop in Fukushima bucket

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Radiated workers may be drop in Fukushima bucket
Six more Fukushima Tepco staff exposed beyond limit
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110614a1.html
Six more workers involved in efforts to contain the nuclear crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant are feared to have been exposed to radiation above the emergency limit, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday.
The announcement follows a finding that two Tepco employees suffered more than twice the maximum limit of 250 millisieverts that has been set exclusively for workers dealing with the crisis at the complex.
The eight are among some 3,700 workers who were involved in emergency work when the crisis began in March, the nuclear safety agency said.
Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama said Tepco has submitted provisional assessments of the external and internal radiation exposure levels for 2,400 of the workers to the government, indicating that the number who received the maximum dose is likely to climb even further.
To deal with the country’s worst nuclear crisis, the government raised the limit on the amount of radiation each worker can be exposed to from 100 millisieverts to 250 millisieverts. Even among those who have not maxed out, six have been exposed to more than 200 millisieverts and 88 have surpassed the old 100-millisievert line, although their doses are still below 200 millisieverts.
Meanwhile, Tepco started full-scale operation Monday of a system to clean seawater in the complex that has been contaminated with radioactive fuel from the plant.
The contaminated seawater is contained in areas that are separated from the ocean by “silt fence” barriers.
The system pumps out the polluted water, removes radioactive cesium and dumps “purified water into the sea. Tepco had initially planned to test the system starting June 1 and start running it around June 5, but a problem in a power panel delayed the schedule.
If the test run goes well, the utility wants to fully start the equipment to decontaminate radioactive water by the end of this week — two to three days behind the originally scheduled date of Wednesday, Tepco said.
On Sunday, the utility said its preparations for a test-run of a new piece of equipment that absorbs cesium hit a snag again as the piping in the equipment developed by Kurion Inc. of the United States likely clogged.

Crash Kan Administration and TEPCO with the Anger of Workers acting with Pride! Abolish All Nuclear Plants by the Unity and Solidarity of Workers!

Crash Kan Administration and TEPCO

with the Anger of Workers acting with Pride!

Abolish All Nuclear Plants by the Unity and Solidarity of Workers!

On May 22, lots of workers responded to the call of People’s Earthquake Relief Center and carried out a signature campaign in front of Koriyama Station (about 32 miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant) in protest against the government’s nuclear policy. The workers from Fukushima and neighboring Miyagi Prefectures—the most afflicted areas— appealed to the citizens to join in the movement: “stop all nuclear plants immediately!”

When I called to a man, he instantly came up to me and signed the petition. His address in the petition was Kanagawa Prefecture (near Tokyo).

“For what purpose have you come to Fukushima?”

“To work HERE” he pointed out the words Nuclear Plant in the petition paper.

The sixty-year old man told me that he left his house without telling his family where to go because they would surely tell him not to.

I asked, “You know quite well the fatal danger and still go there to work?”

He smiled at me, “Until the age of sixty, I have drunk plenty, smoked freely and fully enjoyed my life. It’s enough”.

I insisted, “The government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) are continuously exposing workers to very high radiation and we cannot accept it”.

“But the nuclear accident did happen already. Someone has to work to stop radioactive materials from spreading. It’s better elder people like me to engage in such a dangerous work. I don’t want young ones to work for that. For the government and the company, we are nothing but disposable stuff” the calmly answered.

He had checked up everything about the work at the nuclear plant, fully understood the danger he has to face, and still he had decided to go and work at the Fukushima.

“We earnestly want to revive militant labor unions and change such society.”

“I know how labor unions have lost their power and consequently the safety at their workplaces. Many years ago the Japan Airlines (JAL) Union was at last defeated, and as a result, Flight 123 disaster (JAL Jumbo Jet crash in 1985 which claimed 520 lives) happened.”

“Together with you, we want to make a world without nuke and war.”

“Absolutely, I agree with you! Try hard! I am behind you all the way!”

Already three months have passed since the worst catastrophe in history, but the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant has been in an extremely severe situation. Though, the workers at the site are trying hard to prevent the situation deteriorate further. The most of those are temporary workers hired by subcontractors or sub-subcontractors or even lower level contractors.

The government raised the standard dose limit for workers at nuclear plants to 250 mSv/y, which is 5 times higher than the previous dose limit (50 mSv/y). The workers at the wrecked nuclear plant are constantly exposed to limitless radiation and forced to face grave danger of death.

On June 3, TEPCO disclosed (at this late date!) the fact that two nuclear workers have been exposed by over 500 mSv radiation. To make matters even more incredible, the workers were not distributed stable iodine at the most dangerous phase.

It is the workers at nuclear plants who have the power to stop nuclear plants. Through this encounter with a nuclear worker, I even more firmly determined to work for the creation of a world without nuke and war together with nuclear workers.

The only weapon for us is to fight at our workplaces by the unity and solidarity of workers. Let’s fight together!

June 4, 2011

Doro-Chiba International Labor Solidarity Committee

Send our voice to the world from Hiroshima on August 6! Stop War and Nuclear Armament! Abolish All Nuclear Plants Now!

Cindy Sheehan and Fukushima people are coming

Send our voice to the world from Hiroshima on August 6!

Stop War and Nuclear Armament!

Abolish All Nuclear Plants Now!

May 15, 2011

Steering Committee of 66th Anniversary of A-bomb—Aug. 6 Hiroshima Grand Action

“STOP ALL NUCLEAR PLANTS IMMEDIATELY!” A gigantic wave of angry movement is spreading all over the world, demanding the stoppage and abolition of all nuclear plants, with young people at the front line. The Ten Million Signature Campaign to Fight Against Nuke Plants, initiated by fighting people of Hiroshima and Fukushima, is rapidly gathering an increasing number of supporters and advocates.

The campaign has given us confidence that nuclear plants will surely be abolished and the world will be changed if we raise our voices and stand up for action in unity.

We call on you all in Japan and the whole world! Join us in Hiroshima on August 6 to speak out our common determination with burning anger together with the suffering friends of nuclear-stricken Fukushima: “Abolish all war and nuke plants and weapons”.

Atomic energy was originally developed to produce atomic bombs, the first nuclear weapon ever in history. On August 6th 1945, Hiroshima was assaulted by tremendous heat of thousands degrees centigrade, terrible blasts and devastating radiation. Since then atomic victims have been insisting with all of our power and life that nuke and human being are incompatible. Now in 2011, 66 years after that, we are faced with an incredible and impossible “Third Atomic Bombing” after Hiroshima and Nagasaki: a huge earthquake on March 11 and its disastrous aftermath. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Accident provoked meltdown of reactor cores, diffusing a terrible volume of radiation into air, ocean and soil. Its terrifying effects are surpassing Chernobyl. The lives of a large number of people in the affected areas are contaminated and threatened to death. It’s quite terrible and unforgivable.

When we, in Hiroshima, first saw the name of the affected Fukushima printed in “katakana” script (a sort of phonetic letters), our heart nearly broke. It meant Fukushima has become the third example after “Hiroshima and Nagasaki” (those names printed in “katakana” indicate not the names of local cities but the atomic bombings). We realized once again our responsibility for the development of the struggle to build up a new society without nuke and war, based on fundamental and profound anger of nuclear victims with our slogan, “Hiroshima and Nagasaki: never again!”. “Fukushima” shall never be repeated. Let’s put an end to the nuke disaster now!

We condemn Japanese governments, past Liberal-Democratic as well as the present Democratic administration led by Kan, electric power companies, nuclear plant manufacturers, corrupt (bribed) scholars and experts, who have all cooperated in forcibly carrying out construction of nuclear plants. They have suppressed opposition of inhabitants to the nuclear plants by bribe and violence, disrupted communities and destroyed the bond of family for their dirty purpose, while developing demagogic campaign with slogans, “Nuclear plants are absolutely safe”. Mothers who are earnestly engaged in bringing up their children, farmers who live and work on mother earth, young people expecting their brilliant future, beloved homeland, fertile nature—all these human lives, body and soul and nature, have been completely lost, by the disaster brought about by “them”. Nuclear plant means destruction of the whole human life and existence in an organic unity with nature: significant human life with love and children, diligent work and, after all naturally aging process.

The struggle to abolish nuclear plants is necessarily linked with the struggle to change the whole structure of the existing society that desperately needs nuclear armament, military bases in Okinawa and war for its selfish survival.

Above all things, we emphasize that the only working class people including those who work at electric power companies hold the key to stop all nuclear power plants and create society with no nuke and war. For a certain period after World War II, labor movements played the central role in struggles against war, nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants are natural in Japan. In Hiroshima and Yamaguchi Prefectures, the labor union members of the electric power company “Densan Chugoku” went on strike and fought together with the community people against the construction of nuclear power plant.

Since the division and privatization of National Railways, however, labor unions have lost the power to fight against neo-liberalism and most of the workers have begun to stay away from movements against war, nuclear weapons and power plants. As a result, jobless and temporary workers have increased drastically. The safety in workplaces has completely collapsed. In addition to that, many nuclear power plants built upon the expense of the workers who are forced to be constantly and massively exposed to radiation have scattered throughout Japan.

The outcome of all these led to the expanding and exacerbating of disastrous damage of the mega earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear accident. The layoffs due to the earthquake spread all over Japan. The lives and livelihood of all people—workers, farmers, fishers and citizens—are facing a profound crisis. Therefore we need to unite to live. For our bright future, we should revive militant labor unions.

We ourselves can change our society. To protect our children and youth and take back our future and hope in our hands, please join the “August 6 Hiroshima Grand Action”. Let’s make an appeal to the world the abolition of all nuclear plants and weapons, and war!

Steering Committee of 66th Anniversary of A-bomb—Aug. 6 Hiroshima Grand Action

E-mail: hiro-100@cronos.ocn.ne.jp / Website: http://hiroshima100.net/daikoudou

N-plant worker regrets 17-yr career / Forced to leave Fukushima home, devotes self to caring for other evacuees

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110530002543.htm

N-plant worker regrets 17-yr career / Forced to leave Fukushima home, devotes self to caring for other evacuees
Shigeto Tanaka / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

KAWAMATAMACHI, Fukushima–Kenichi Togawa, 37, was standing nearby as an executive vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. knelt down at an evacuation shelter and bowed deeply, his forehead touching the floor.

Residents of the shelter shouted angrily at the executive. “How long will you force us to live this kind of life?” one called out.

It was March 30, at a shelter set up at a facility normally used for people to experience nature in Kawamatamachi, Fukushima Prefecture. About 160 people from Namiemachi and other municipalities near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were staying in the facility’s gym.

At the time an employee of one of TEPCO’s subcontracting companies, Togawa could not keep watching. “I’m a victim, but I’m also a culprit,” he thought.

Togawa grew up in Namiemachi. After working for a company in Kanagawa Prefecture, he returned to his hometown in 1994.

Nuclear plants had created jobs in nearby communities–as of the end of September 2009, about 8,500 people in Fukushima Prefecture worked for the No. 1 plant, the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant and about 580 subcontractor companies.

Soon after returning, Togawa found employment with a subcontractor company that conducts inspections at nuclear plants. He was given a pamphlet at one plant containing such phrases as “safe” and “low cost,” and Togawa was proud to work in support of what seemed like the ideal form of energy.

Togawa often told his three children about how wonderful nuclear plants were.

On March 11, the day of the disaster, Togawa was in an office building at the Fukushima No. 1 plant with TEPCO officials. He left the building after the earthquake hit and was relieved to see that nothing appeared to be wrong at a reactor building about 200 meters away.

The day’s work was canceled and Togawa went home to an inland area of Namiemachi about nine kilometers from the plant. At the time, he did not realize the plant had been struck by tsunami.

His 37-year-old wife, Yuka, and the children welcomed Togawa’s return saying, “We’re so glad!” He had forgotten his cell phone at the nuclear plant, but thought he could return to get it any time.

The following morning, the town’s wireless emergency broadcasting system told residents within a 10-kilometer radius of the nuclear plant to evacuate.

His family went to a nearby primary school. At the time, Togawa thought there had been a malfunction with pipes or some other part of the plant, but people who gathered at the school said they were going to flee to Kawamatamachi, which is more than 30 kilometers away from the plant.

“Apparently the emergency power generators at the plant are not working,” someone told Togawa.

Togawa calculated that if tsunami had cut the external power supply to the plant and the emergency generators had also stopped, the reactors could explode within 12 to 24 hours.

Togawa did not want to believe this could happen. But shortly after 3:30 p.m., as he and his family were driving toward a primary school in Kawamatamachi, the first hydrogen gas explosion occurred.

About 400 people took shelter in the primary school’s gym. It was so crowded it was difficult just to walk around.

Late one night, Togawa found an elderly person who could not walk well and had collapsed on the way to the toilet. He helped the person back to the gym.

He also saw elderly and handicapped people with only one blanket to protect them against the cold. Togawa was struck with guilt, thinking, “This happened because we operated the nuclear plant.”

Then he thought: “My colleagues are working desperately to prevent the nuclear crisis from worsening. I must work hard here to help these people.”

He sat near the entrance of the gym to help elderly people go to the bathroom. Seeing him there until late every night, other men joined Togawa and urged him not to overdo it.

Togawa became one of the managers of the shelter, and his wife, who is a nurse, took charge of caring for the evacuees’ health.

In late March, the evacuees moved to the shelter at the nature facility, and Togawa became their leader. In mid-April, his company asked Togawa to work at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture. Instead, he resigned.

In his 17 years at the company, Togawa had worked hard from early morning to late at night, sometimes on weekends, to support nuclear power plants. He did not want to be separated from his family anymore.

Until recently, Togawa believed that he and his colleagues had implemented as many safety measures as possible at the No. 1 plant. The revelation that meltdowns occurred in the plant’s reactors has shaken that conviction.

His oldest daughter, Rina, 14, once said, “Dad, you told us nuclear plants are safe, but…” Togawa said her words still resonate in his mind.

His children’s cheerfulness has been a source of relief. They and their friends have become very close, and they often visit and sometimes sleep side by side. All the parents see their children off on a school bus in the mornings.

Togawa carefully checks the radiation levels carried in the newspaper every day, praying their shelter will continue to be safe.

He bought a new cell phone last week. “I’m not going [to the nuclear plant] to pick the old one up,” he said.

Togawa also said he has been motivated by a desire to help reconstruct his hometown, which has been plagued by radiation.

(May. 31, 2011)

Longstanding “Slavery” in Nuke Plants

  Friday, October 29, 1999  BBC News

Japanese nuclear ‘slaves’ at risk

Untrained workers are being exposed to high levels of radiation

Untrained workers are being exposed to high levels of radiation

By Juliet Hindell in Tokyo
At least 700 people working in the nuclear industy in Japan may have died from exposure to dangerous levels of radioactivity.
The incident at the Tokaimura plant one month ago has revealed dangerous practices likened by some critics to “modern slavery” within the industry, putting the lives of untrained temporary workers at risk.

Employment brokers are recruiting temporary workers from Japan’s growing number of homeless people to do jobs like cleaning nuclear reactors.

The recent poor safety record of the industry has made it hard for them to recruit staff, but the homeless are tempted by promises of much higher wages than other jobs can offer.

It is thought that 5,000 people a year are employed on a short-term basis.


homeless people are recruited for dangerous jobs

homeless people are recruited for dangerous jobs

 

Matsumoto-san, a homeless man living in a park in Tokyo, did a cleaning job for three months at a nuclear plant in Tokaimura near to where the accident took place. He says he was exposed to dangerous conditions: “We were sweeping up dust and had bleepers which went off when the radiation levels were too high, but the supervisors told us not to worry, even though they were bleeping. I got out when I started to feel ill.”

The company where Matsumoto-san worked has refused to pay compensation, saying there was no proof his illness was work related.

Many workers get only superficial safety training and have no idea how dangerous their jobs are, according to insiders throughout the industry.

Few have access to medical care or information.
The internationally recognized safe level of radiation since 1990 has been 20 milli-sieverts per year, but Japan has never adopted this standard.

“Modern slavery”

Some homeless workers say they do a shift at one nuclear plant and then work more hours in the same day at another one to earn more money – exposing themselves to more radiation.


 

Professor Fujita tries to warn people

Professor Fujita tries to warn people

 

Yukoo Fujita, a professor of physics at Keio University has tried to warn temporary workers by putting up posters outside plants, and helps people who later fall sick. He describes their employment as “a modern form of slavery”.

The Japan Atomic Power company however is adamant that safety standards are adequate. Hideaki Yamakawa, an executive at the company, says they follow government regulations and record the amount of radiation exposure of everyone who works at the plant.

He admits however that “cleaning and such activities are delegated to sub-contractors so we don’t know what their hiring policy is.”

The use of temporary workers in nuclear plants is regarded as a sensitive issue and has not been widely reported in Japan. Many are too frightened to speak because gangsters are involved in recruiting the homeless.

Some seem to believe they are expendable and that no one will notice if a few of them never come back from work.

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FOCUS: Courageous workers at troubled nuclear plant endure tough conditions

FUKUSHIMA, Japan, March 29, 2011  Kyodo News

Each of the employees of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and other workers engaged in containing damage at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is given 30 survival food crackers and a 180 milliliter pack of vegetable juice for breakfast after getting up just before 6 a.m.

Around 400 workers including subcontractors are working there and are given just two meals per day, according to Kazuma Yokota, an official of the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

Yokota stayed at the nuclear power plant damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami for five days through March 26 to check on progress in the ongoing operations.

After breakfast, the workers move on to their respective assignments at various locations within the plant at the center of the worst nuclear crisis in Japan. The workers are given no lunch.

Until March 22, they were given only one 1.5 liter bottle of mineral water per day. From March 23, however, with more supplies having arrived, they can ask for one more bottle, according to the official.

As the sun starts to set at around 5 p.m., they come back to the building where they are lodging within the plant’s premises. The workers look worn out, according to Yokota.

Supper is also survival food item — dried rice and only one can of chicken or fish for each person. Boiled mineral water is put into the pack of ”Magic Rice,” making it ready for consumption in about 15 minutes. The workers eat their meals quietly, though some say they want something a little better.

Samples of packed foods eaten cold every day by workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Kazuma Yokota, an official of the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, explained the workers' situation during a press conference in Fukushima City on March 28, 2011.

At 8 p.m., the workers have a meeting and report to each other about any progress made in their work. At the end of the meeting, before everyone realizes it, it has become a practice for them to clap their hands together at the call of an officer. It is then followed by a chant from others, ”Gambaro!” (Let’s keep it up!).

The radiation level within the building is 2-3 microsievert per hour. They sleep in conference rooms and hallways in the building. To shield them from radiation from the floor, they cover themselves with lead-containing sheets before they put on blankets.

Most workers are replaced by others in one week. Mobile phones cannot be used as no signals reach there. ”The workers are doing their best while they cannot even contact their family members,” Yokota said.

==Kyodo

Japan Seeks Lead Role in Nuclear Safety

Japan Seeks Lead Role in Nuclear Safety

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303654804576347183653425862.html
DEAUVILLE, France—Japan wants to host an international meeting to discuss nuclear safety issues next year, as part of its efforts to share lessons learned from the nuclear crisis triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Thursday.
Addressing a lunch session marking the start of the G-8 leaders summit, Mr. Kan also said Japan wanted to contribute to creating an international standard on nuclear safety.

No NUK Action Committee In Bay Area With Blog and Facebook Page

http://nonuclearaction.wordpress.com/about/

About
We are concerned individuals and groups against the world wide nuclear renaissance. We started organizing after May 7th, No Nukes Action Committee in SF, and formed No Nuclear Action to keep our voices out in solidarity with the struggles around nuclear issues.

No Nuclear Action Committee

After the March 11th nuclear/earthquakes incidents in Fukushima, Japan, people stood up for the fights against nukes in Tokyo, and all over Japan. Germany immediately decided to shut down all of its reactors. Japanese government followed by requesting Hamaoka reactor to stop, geared by people’s efforts to protest on April 10th and May 7th. Yet, Japanese government and Tepco forcibly silence people’s fear and demands to repeal their cover-ups. They work together to avoid the tasks and costs of evacuation and forthcoming compensation. Moreover, Japanese government allied with the U.S. government promotes further nuclear renaissance (exploitation) thought nuclear weapons, uranium mines, and reactors. They force marginalized farmers, fishers, workers, temp workers (freeters), day labors and homeless folks, military and base workers, aborigines/ indigenous, and immigrants and children to take all the risks for further radiation and accidents, as well as the issues of nuclear waste dumping. We who are outside of Japan must raise our voices now to imagine and demand a better world free of nuclear power.

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Fukshima Area School communities shattered / Evacuation orders affect thousands of students, dozens of schools

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110523004632.htm
Fukushima School communities shattered / Evacuation orders affect thousands of students, dozens of schools
The Yomiuri Shimbun

FUKUSHIMA–Twenty-three primary and middle schools inside evacuation zones in Fukushima Prefecture have been unable to find alternative sites to relocate their teachers and students en masse, and have as a result been deemed “closed” by the prefectural board of education.

The rise of a anti-nuclear-plants movement in Japan

http://www.youtube.com/user/ZenshinSokuhou#p/a/f/1/tdLH3NNqAMk