We are very grateful to Chiho Kaneko, who has been sharing the personal stories of Japanese citizens and nuclear evacuees with us since 2012. Chiho is an artist, musician, and vocalist who grows and preserves most of the food she and her husband Jeffrey eat. Her life in Hartland, Vermont changed on March 11, 2011. In 2013, Chiho joined the board of Fairewinds Energy Education, and was the translator for Japan’s former Prime Minister when he spoke in NYC and Boston with former NRC Commissioners Jaczko and Peter Bradford, and former Safe & Green Campaigner Kendra Ulrich.
Chiho gave us a history of atomic blasts and radiation in the Pacific starting with the first test and its impacts on the “Lucky Dragon” fishermen. She spoke about nuclear power as a way to normalize atomic energy and to change the public perception of radiation. Once again, with Fukushima, the government is suppressing the truth about radiation and normalizing it. She honored the mothers in Japan, who are on the front line of the struggle for the truth about radiation, so that their children and future generations are unharmed. She asked us to consider how to shift the paradigm on radiation.
Fairewinds Education asked her to make a video of her presentation. You can read the transcript, watch the 20 minute video or listen to audio here: http://fairewinds.org/
What Can We Do?
Call the Japanese Embassy, 1-202-238-6700: Do not restart the idle reactors. Focus on Fukushima. Be honest with your citizens about radiation, and support the nuclear refugees.
US Senator John McCain recently announced that there would be no climate change bill before Congress until “the left accepts nuclear power.” Call your Senators (Senate Switchboard, 1-866-220-0044) Stand firm! No nukes! Eliminate nuclear subsidies and put that money into efficiency and renewables!
While you’re on the phone ….
Thank Sen. Ed Markey (MA) for pushing the NRC on lessons learned from Fukushima,
and congratulate him on his appointment to the Committee on Env. & Public Works (NRC oversight).
Ask Sen. Bernie Sanders to keep the pressure on the NRC to give citizens and states a role in decommissioning.
You can watch Chiho and Arnie Gundersen discuss her recent trip to Japan, with photos, on Fairewinds Education website: http://fairewinds.org/media/fairewinds-videos/fukushimas-refugees-abandoned
“The real victims of the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown have become invisible to Japan’s power brokers. Homeless, running out of money, with the fabric of their village society and culture destroyed, they sit in under-heated makeshift dwellings unable to move forward to a new life or return to the old life destroyed by ever present and unhealthy levels of radiation.”
“Pull the Plug on Nuclear Power” – turn off your electricity every March 11th. Go online and tell organizers to add your household to the tens of thousands taking this action: www.unplugnuclearpower.com/
Documentaries shown this evening are on line:
1. Namie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBVGZtS1MBY 3 minutes
2. Arnie Gundersen on Fukushima #3
3. We intended to show by Journeyman Pictures (Australia) entitled “How Can Prime Minister Restart Nuclear?” Unfortunately this was removed from the producers website on 3.10 or 3.11.14. We found it today, under a new title “Radiating the People” on a different YouTube page.
4. Refugee tent city http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgdeitivkVQ 3 minutes
Recommended additional videos
NHK documentary, Downwind from Disaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJlmkM-ebXM
Women of Fukushima http://vimeo.com/51054104
Fukushima Never Again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU-Z4VLDGxU
Surviving the Tsunami: My Atomic Aunt. Namie is in much of this. $125 to rent: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c865.shtml?utm_source=SURTSU_newrelease&utm_campaign=SURTSU+NR&utm_medium=email
Podcast on 3.11 from Nuclear Hotseat “Fukushima Anniversary Special” music and interviews with Japanese activists, radiation specialists and legislators.
Dismantling Fukushima: The World’s Largest Demolition Project IEEE Spectrum 2.28.14 http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/nuclear/dismantling-fukushima-the-worlds-toughest-demolition-project IEEE is “the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.”
Fukushima Ghost Towns Struggle to Recover (Namie) The Guardian 01.01.14 https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/01-3
Fukushima town’s young stay away (Kawauchi) Japan Times 02.24.14 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/02/04/national/fukushima-villages-young-stay-away/#.Ux23S4XvbTJ
Remembering & Learning From Fukushima by Pat Hynes, Traprock Peace Center https://portside.org/2014-03-01/remembering-and-learning-fukushima
The Giant Lie About Fukushima by Karl Grossman, CountPunch. On the international, national and corporate response, with history. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/03/the-giant-lie-about-fukushima/
The Potential of Japan’s Anti-Nuclear Citizens’ Movement to End Nuclear Power and Implement Change in Japan’s Energy Policy by Aileen Mioko Smith, Executive Director, Green Action (21 pages) http://www.greenaction-japan.org/internal/131208_Hosei_Intl_Symposium-en.pdf
US Sailors Sick from Fukushima Radiation File Lawsuit, Huffington Post 2.21.14 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/harvey-wasserman/us-sailors-sick-from-fuku_b_4759831.html
NRC hid concerns, hailed safety record as Fukushima melted FOIA requests for NRC emails reveal crisis, shock, grief, and cover up. Mentions Yankee’s license extension. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/fukushima-anniversary/u-s-nuclear-agency-hid-concerns-hailed-safety-record-fukushima-n48561
Fukushima disaster: Plan to send residents home three years after nuclear accident labelled ‘irresponsible’ ABC (Australian) 03.10.14 (with a senior staff TEPCO whistleblower) http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-10/plan-to-send-residents-back-to-fukushima-meets-opposition/5311046