November 11th, 2012 was the day that Japan witnessed a nationwide anti-nuclear protest. In Tokyo alone, 100,000 determine individuals manifested in front of the Prime minister official residency and it was backed up by more than 230 actions throughout the country and even around the world.
In London, the date is “Remembrance day” a memorial day to remember the members of Commonwealth countries armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Accordingly, the Japanese Against Nuclear UK (JANUK), a group of national Japanese living in UK did not want offend their host country with a predominantly Japanese demonstration, organising instead a public meeting to remember Fukushima event.
The objective of this meeting was to analyze the Fukushima nuclear tragedy its consequences and the role of Japan in the global nuclear sector, as much as inform about the JANUK activities, which includes a peaceful protest every Friday in front of the Japanese Embassy and TEPCO’s representative office.
To think about Fukushima; November 11th a small gathering held in London
There was a good attendance to the meeting, mainly women and drawings by Chernobyl children were exhibited, to remind us that, those who suffer the most in a nuclear disaster are children.
During the meeting for there were given four presentations and a final discussion among the audience. The first presentation was given by JANUK members referring to the consequences of the Chernobyl accident over the last three generations. They also mentioned the great influence that the UK based movement “Reclaim the Street” has had on the Japanese anti-nuclear protests.
The second talk was delivered by “Kick Nuclear” representative who explain history and current situation of the nuclear industry in the UK including future plans and the role that Japan play through Hitachi participation in new nuclear buildings in the country.
The World Network for Saving the Children from Radiation explained how Fukushima’s children are living in highly contaminated areas and are exposed to high doses of radiation through air, food and water every single day. The organisation purpose is to try to save those children through different projects including evacuation, holidays away from radiated areas, sending save food to Fukushima and advocating for them in the international community.
The final speaker, a British national exposed his case as a nuclear refugee after the explosion of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, forced to leave their self-built home, he and his family made a long and difficult journey to escape radioactivity to the UK, but they are resented by the close-knit community they left behind he said; because they do not understand the danger of exposure to radiation and children will suffer the most. Finally he talked about the risk that the fuel pond 4 at Fukushima Daiichi plant represents.
During the final discussion among the audience, the participants exposed their concerns about nuclear energy in Japan, specially the exportation of nuclear material and the disregard to life and the secretive practice in favour of the nuclear industry. Other participants explained their activities to support those affected by the man made disaster.
This gathering gave the opportunity to the organisations involved to discuss the development of joint actions and how can support each other in the future.