Action Against Samegawa Radio Waste Incineration

Citizens of Fukushima Seek Help to Stop Burning High-Level Radioactive Waste

Children Trapped, No Way to Escape
Children Trapped, No Way to Escape

On July 18th,  2013, MOE(Ministry of Environment) made test-run of high-level radioactive waste incinerator in Samegawa village, Fukushima prefecture. According to MOE, the incinerator, the world's first experimental facilty, is to burn high-level radwaste “safely”. But there is no data to support their claim. 


They burnt 150kg of rice straw (about 5800Bq/kg) mixed with 1350kg of grass (about 100Bq/kg) that day, but the result will be shown only after they check and assess the readings. MOE says if there would be no problem, they will officially start burning, perhaps around middle of August. 


On the same day, some local residents gathered at the Samegawa government office with posters and banners to oppose the project. Among them there was the landowner, Mr. Horikawa, who refused to sign the contract to admit the incinerator. Horikawa confronted Mr. Inoue, the Deputy Minister of MOE who paid a sudden visit to Samegawa on the 18th and criticized that MOE's conduct is illegal and unacceptble. Inoue, however, rushed to the worksite, ignoring Horikawa.


People in Fukushima are too depressed to speak out their thoughts and feelings. The situation is worse than 2011, especially in rural area like Samegawa. Many including children still obliged to live in contaminated area. This is the violation of Human rights.


This project is dangerous and with this unproven technology large amounts of pollutants may be released into the air, which could lead to further global contamination on top of seawater contamination. Our battle is not only for Fukushima residents, it is for all of us on our planet as well as future generation!


We need your help, we need strong voices from overrseas. Please send your comment, criticism, request or message to the following:


 LDP, ruling party          

 Prime Minister's office  

 Mr. Ishihara, Minister of MOE


For questions, contact Setuko Yamamoto:  hanghau @

Anti-Samegawa Incinertor Mothers

No Incineration Citizens, Japan

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Comments: 29
  • #1

    Kelly Lough (Thursday, 08 August 2013 01:59)

    This is a global emergency.

    The IAEA needs to immediately take control of Fukushima and mitigate the danger expediantly.

    Tepco has had two years with little results.

    The world population should be updated in real time as to air and water concentrations on a daily basis.

  • #2

    Kelly Lough (Thursday, 08 August 2013 02:11)

    My sincere Thank you and Gratitude to the BRAVE men and women who are currently working at the site.

  • #3

    World Network Staff (Thursday, 08 August 2013 11:36)

    We do appreciate your comments, Kelly. Please spread the word about our site and help raise awareness for the real situation at Fukushima. The future is in our hands. Stay tuned for more updates.

  • #4

    Door Jelsma (Thursday, 08 August 2013 21:51)

    Thank you for the information. I completely understand your concerns and anger, the burning of radioactive waste is in my opinion a totally irresponsible experiment. I understand that the incinerator facility is built by the company Hitachi Zosen. While I was looking for more information about the project I read that the company just appointed a new CEO a week ago from Germany, Mr. Franz Josef Mengede. He is the current president of the European Power Plant Suppliers Association (EPPSA). This means the interests of the company are huge, not only financial but also strategic. It also means that the company will be very sensitive to an international scandal... I will try to stay informed about this and spread the news. With concerns and best wishes from The Netherlands.

  • #5

    Door Jelsma (Saturday, 10 August 2013 06:23)

    PS I approached the office of Hitachi Zosen in Switzerland to ask for more information about what they are doing in your village, no response yet.

  • #6

    World Network Staff (Sunday, 11 August 2013 12:29)

    Thank you for contacting Hitachi Zosen in Switzerland. It is interesting to know that the company appointed CEO from EPPSA. Keep us posted. How did people react when the recent news about US nuclear bombs having been stored in your country. We'd also love to know how people in your country see the situation of the Fukushima children.

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