NGO Inofrmation Meeting (JAPAN) at United Nations Office in Geneva

The Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial will attend the NGO Information Meeting at UN Human Rights Council on Oct. 30 in Geneva Switzerland. This is going to be a very rare opportunity for overseas delegates, media, and citizens to hear what is happening in Fukushima, as the Japanese government, Fukushima prefectural government, Japanese major media, and the nuclear lobby have been trying to send messages "it is safe to keep living in Fukushima", and Fukushima citizens cannot express their concerns about radiation effects on their children. Since the national and local governments do not adopt a collective evacuation, children have been living in heavily contaminated areas, ie. 27μSv/h near a primary school in Date city, 1.3μSv/h in Koriyama city where these child plaintiffs have been living since 3.11, 2011.

Press Releace

Prior to the UPR Working Party meeting scheduled on October 31, 2012 to review Japan' human rights problems, Japanese Association for the Right to Freedom of Speech (JRFS), NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC, and Association of Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial for the Right to Education in a Safe Place, will hold an NGO Information Meeting on Japanese human rights problems. All interested medias, citizens, and UPR, HRC members are invited to attend the meeting.

TIME:    OCTOBER 30 (TUESDAY), 2012, 14:00-16:00
VENUE:  Room XXII, Palais des Nations, Geneva


 1: Mr Katsutaka IDOGAWA: mayor of Futaba town which was "worst hit by Fukushima fallout"   For the map of Futaba town, see "Futaba mayor declares distrust of govt…
Documentary"Nuclear Nation The Fukushima Refugees Story"

2. Professor Michel Fernex: Professor Emeritus, Medical Faculty, University of Basel, will speak about the effects of radiation on children. Please see "Fukushima: precious time has been lost" .

3: Mr Toshio YANAGIHARA: lead lawyer representing the Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial for the Right to Education in a Safe Place representing 14 children plaintiffs for a collective evacuation (whole school) from heavily contaminated Koriyama city, Fukushima.  For details of the Trial, please see

4. Video letters by:
*Mr Ken'ichi Ido: lawyer of the Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial, and formerly a judge of Kanazawa District Court, who was the only judge in Japan to order an electric company (Hokuriku Electric Power Company) to shut down operation of Shika Nuclear Power Plant in 2006.

*Two Mothers of children plaintiff: Thier names and faces cannot be revealed for thier safety, but they were courageous enough to appeal in the video letter.

5. Ms Tsuneko KAKIUCHI: General-Secretary of Japanese Association for the Right to Freedom of Speech (JRFS), NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC, will speak on the freedom of speech and ratification of individuals reporting system in Japan.


The Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial

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  • #1

    Mie Athearn (Monday, 29 October 2012 04:03)

    The firmest way to pursue the right of the evacuation.

    Japanese Government changed the evaluation zone to minimized they took off 20 –30 km zone and only 20km made the evacuation zone form Fukushima Daiichi. We still hear many children living in Fukushima City, Koriyama, and Shirakawa are going to school for now.
    There were ongoing lawsuits in Fukushima, for example one filed on behalf of ‘14 children of Fukushima, and the plaintiffs’ they appeal that children of Fukushima should not stay in a dangerous area. They need to be relocated en masse to a safe area with immediate effect.
    I think, this is the firmest way to pursue the right of the evacuation if the gvernment dosen't take a right role to the citizen as the democratic contry. how important this case is. If a right of evacuation will be admitted by the court, we will be able to legally exercise this right. Not only Fukushima but also all Japanese residents will be able to be covered by the ruling. Furthermore, it will be a significant step toward eliminating nuclear power plants in all of Japan.

    Mie Athearn (from Fukushima, Japan)