Anti-nuclear event in Paris

A member of World Network for Saving Children from Radiation attended the anti-nuclear event that took place at the Bastille in Paris, France.

On October 13, I attended the anti-nuclear event at the Bastille in Paris, which was organised by Sortir du Nucléaire Paris (Phasing Out the Nuclear Age Paris) and Yosomono (Outsiders’) –Net. During the event, around 400 people were participating to demand a phase-out of nuclear power in France and Japan. The event involved not only the speeches made by the organisers, but a Mikoshi (portable shrine) attraction and Kansho Odori (traditional dance in Fukushima). As a speaker, Haruko Boaglio, a refugee from Fukushima who came to Paris immediately after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, talked about the experience she went through after the crisis and the activities of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs. Haruko said she had recently joined the Plaintiffs. I also made a speech, on behalf of Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation, about the current health condition of Fukushima Children. In the speech, I attempted to stress the importance of collective evacuation of Fukushima children, as the recent data shows the increasing proportion of children having abnormalities in their thyroids. (More information can be found on the Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trail blog) When I was making the speech, despite pouring rain, the patience and enthusiasm of French audience were remarkable. They also seemed to have enjoyed the Mikoshi attraction and the strange traditional dance of Fukushima, which the organisers said they sought to respond to Kansho Odori, symbolically danced by the women of Fukushima at a number of anti-nuclear events in Japan.

Nuclear power in France

March 11, 2012 Human chain action stretching from Lyon to Avignon
March 11, 2012 Human chain action stretching from Lyon to Avignon

Yuki Takahata, a leading member of Yosomono Net, said ‘we would like to connect this action to the other cities in Europe’. As the next event is planned to take place on November 11, they have already confirmed to have the same sort of action in Switzerland, organised by ‘Hydrangea Net (Yosomono Net Swiss)’ and there will be a call for the supporters in UK and Germany to join in. Yuki is concerned that the French parliament, whose Green Party is working as a minority party in the Socialist-led administration, makes the French citizens’ anti-nuclear movements less likely to reflect on the government policy-making decisions. France is the world’s most nuclear dependent country, having 58 power plants and relying on nuclear power for 75% of the total electricity production. Although Socialists have pledged to reduce France’s reliance on nuclear energy from 75% to 50% by 2025, the government policy measures are not concrete yet. French media, although it was lauded for reporting more detailed information than Japanese media after the Fukushima disaster, started to reduce the number of news after 2 to 3 months and now barely reports the issues with nuclear power. French citizens, however, have begun to lose faith in the "nuclear safety myth". An opinion poll conducted in June 2011 showed that 15% of the respondents required ‘an immediate shut down’ of power plants and 62% required ‘a gradual phase out’ within 25 to 30 years. The human chain event, stretching from Lyon to Avignon, where numbers of nuclear power plants are concentrated, took place on March 11, 2012 a year after the Fukushima disaster. 60,000 people participated in this human chain; it was the largest number in the history of the French anti-nuclear movement.

What can we do?

Dancing Kansho Odori at Bastille
Dancing Kansho Odori at Bastille

A recent press report reveals that Japan has postponed its decision of phasing out nuclear power by the 2030’s, due to pressure from high US officials. This news highlighted the dominance of US nuclear policies over the Japanese policies as well as the inter-dependency of the nuclear industry in both countries. Since Japan is revealed to be hugely influenced by the so-called “world nuclear village”, namely the advocates of “nuclear safety myth” in the world economies and nuclear industries, the course of nuclear policies directed by the pro-nuclear countries other than Japan such as France, US and UK are becoming more significant factors concerning Japan’s nuclear policies. In other words, the voices raised and actions taken by the people in these countries are almost essential to determine Japan to give up its nuclear power. This event taken place in Paris made it clear that the interaction of networks is crucial and serves to encourage mutual activities; it seems to be a good example of co-operation between the networks that deal with the same issues and difficulties in different countries.

 

Takafumi Honda  World Network for Saving Children from Radiation

Kansho Odori starts at 7:00

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Kazu,Morizono (Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:59)

    初めてメイルコメントいたします。

    感謝☆雨の中お疲れ様でした。本当にありがとうございます。
    13日、私も”さよなら原発1000万人集会in日比谷”http://sayonara-nukes.org/2012/09/121013/に参加。

    福島原発告訴団・福島疎開裁判・原発事故子ども・被災者支援法の紹介とお願いの大役を果たして参りました。

    アフガニスタン・インド・沖縄、福島、世界中での、子ども・女性に対する暴力行為に、私の心は深い悲しみと怒りに押しつぶされそうです。

    世界中の女性と、それをサポートしてくれる男性と繋がって世界を変えて生きたいです。

    これほどまでに地球を破壊し尽くしてしまった人間!
    もう手遅れなのかも知れないけど・・・物言えぬものたちに対し、できる事を今、私の命が続く限り行動していきたいと思っています。

    英語ができない私ですが、宜しくお願いいたします。

  • #2

    kyoko kanasugi (Saturday, 20 October 2012 17:28)

    汚染地域は日本の首都圏にも、ホットスポットとして存在しています。福島でもそうですが、できるだけ退避者を出さない政策が、マスコミぐるみで行われているので、新聞でも、テレビでも『安全』
    だーというキャンペーンが流され、甲状腺結節・のう胞の発見された子どもたちの割合がもう35パーセント程度というとんでもない数値なのに、県の健康調査委員会がだしているHPでは〈大丈夫です〉が繰り返されている。支援と称して、福島県、茨城県、千葉県など、汚染の危険のある産地の食品を食べるイベントが行われている。ファシズムはすでに始まっています。
     私は、友達や若い人々と一緒に、福島県あるいは、ホットスポットで危険を感じ、子どもの異変を心配されてる家族の退避を、広島へのショートステイという形で、提案し、できるかぎりのサポートをする活動をしています。子どもたちはすばらしいし、一人でも、助けたいです。
     ぜひ、サポートや、情報交換をよろしくお願いします。今は、4家族の方々の広島への移住
    のご相談中です。
     首都圏のお子さんでも、すでに、体内蓄積の放射性物質が基準値を超えたり、白血球の減少などの異変が起きています。移住には、住居の確保と、職の確保が必要です。少しでもお手伝いができれば、、、でも、多くの皆さんのお力が必要です。よろしく!!