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No Nuclear Protests In Taiwan Continue With Large Events

No Nuclear Protests In Taiwan Continue With Large Events

Protesters in Taiwan have been in action all week. Today they established a sit in on the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Protesters want an end to the nuclear program in the country and to stop construction of a problem plagued 4th nuclear power plant. Stop Nukes Now NGO in Taiwan shared these photos.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Year 2; Part 2 Politics & Protest

This is part two of our three part series on the second year of the 3-11 disaster. In part two we look at the political, regulatory and social changes the disaster has caused in Japan. Political Shuffle The Japanese Diet investigation of the Fukushima disaster issued their final report in July. They concluded that the disaster was man made due to collusion between industry, regulators and the business culture that prevented people from speaking out when they saw problems. The investigation avoided blaming the earthquake for the disaster, some speculate this was to avoid raising more questions about country wide reactor safety. The investigation did admit they were unable to confirm if unit 1 was damaged by the earthquake or not due to not being able to investigate the building. Months later … Read entire article »

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119 Groups In Japan Sign Letter Of Protest Against New Nuclear Agency

119 groups in Japan have signed a letter protesting the new nuclear agency that began operation this week. The agency’s heads were approved by the Prime Minister and were not approved by the national Diet. There has been a considerable opposition to some of the heads of this agency as many have established careers as part of the same “nuclear village” that has been cited as part of the problems that led up to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The new agency has the same staff as the old agency with the exception of these new top management appointees. The full statement in Japanese can be found here. Below is a machine translation of the statement. (Machine translations may contain some language flaws) emergency statement outraged the spirit of law and democracy, leading to a “downfall … Read entire article »

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The New US Nuclear Propaganda Weapon – Women

The US nuclear industry’s lobbyists, NEI have a new tactic up their sleeve. Using women to convince the public how “safe” nuclear power is. The twitter account @WomenInNuclear refers to this website: http://www.winus.org/ that is owned by NEI (the US nuclear industry’s lobbyists). NEI owns that domain name. http://www.networksolutions.com/whois-search/winus.org The NEI sponsored WINUS conference is going on now in Florida at Disneyworld. The existence of a women’s professional group for those working in the nuclear industry isn’t much of a big deal. The emerging tactic found weaving through the twitter posts for the conference hashtag were. Using women as the messenger of an industry’s propaganda is pretty tasteless. In light of the suffering in Japan caused to many women & children by nuclear power, this kind of thing is inexcusable. Some tweets from the hashtag: “Tracy Mason @traymay5#USWIN2012 Christine Neely sharing … Read entire article »

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More Protests Planned In Japan, Political Upheaval Grows

This weekend brought a number of unusually large protests against the reactor restart at Oi and nuclear power in Japan. A protest on Friday in Tokyo had about 200,000 people according to reports from organizers. There was also a protest in Chiba in PM Noda’s home town. There was a huge multi-day occupation of the Oi nuclear plant. It was a landmark weekend of protests but even more are planned. On July 7th the “No Nukes Allstars” rally is planned in Shibuya Tokyo.  Anonymous has a public engagement effort the same day July 7th,  in Shibuya Tokyo. The regular Friday night protests in front of the Prime Minister’s residence are expected to continue. There is also a large demonstration planned for July 29th at the Diet. July 29th (Sunday, not a Friday), at … Read entire article »

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Oi Nuclear Plant Occupied By Protesters

One more update: Iori at Fukushima Diary has some translated tweets and photos people took during the protest. “We found police crying. I asked one of the riot police officers if he’s actually against the restart of nuclear plant, he turned to me and slightly nodded to bear up in tragedy. There were numbers of times when I couldn’t stop my tears.” UPDATE: LAST ONE: The protest is over. Everyone packed up and left. No arrests, No injuries. The gates have been unchained. Photo is people all together walking away from the police line. Update: 11:38pm Japan time. Protesters and drummers are still there as is the police line. People showing no intent on leaving. There were rumors police were going to remove people but it appears that has not happened. The row … Read entire article »

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200,000 Protest Nuclear Power In Tokyo

200,000 at Friday no nukes protest in Tokyo (image below). Last week’s protest was estimated at 10-20,000 when organizers estimated 45,000. This time IWJ media rented a helicopter to get some overhead images to help confirm the protests are larger than the mainstream media has been claiming. Japan Times and a number of newspapers outside of Japan covered or mentioned the Friday night protest. Telegraph UK | NY Times |  Reuters | WSJ Many drastically downplayed the numbers but this did get some media attention. In the months after the start of the disaster people were afraid to speak about their concerns or growing opposition to nuclear power. Such a massive protest would have been hard to imagine. The Prime Minister apparently heard the protest “It’s a big sound“. This article would not be possible without the … Read entire article »

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Friday Night Protest Dubbed Hydrangea Revolution In Japan

These Friday night protests have been going on for a few weeks. This is on top of all the other ongoing protests in Japan pushing back against the government inaction from Fukushima and also the restart of the Oi nuclear reactors. Protests have been going on in other cities including in the Fukui region as people push back against the government’s plan to return to nuclear power before learning any real lessons from Fukushima. Organizers have upped their estimate to 45,000. Most of the media in Japan is still claiming 11,000. The police are there in large numbers but appear to only be doing crowd control and directing traffic. The protests begun during daylight and went on into the evening. More protests are planned by various groups around Japan including one in Wakasahongo-Fukui … Read entire article »

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Oi Given Restart By Noda, Large Protests Mostly Ignored

In many portions of the English speaking media, Noda is being praised for “doing the right thing” for Japan. At the same time an 11,000 people protest in the middle of a work day has been mostly  ignored by both the Japanese and foreign media. Both EX-SKF and Fukushima Diary are reporting on the large Friday protest via citizen accounts and independent media. http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/06/what-kind-of-joke-is-this-japanese-msms.html http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/06/11000-people-joined-demonstration-in-front-of-official-residence-of-jp-pm/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=11000-people-joined-demonstration-in-front-of-official-residence-of-jp-pm Mainstream media’s take on the restarts at Oi. The Economist praises Noda as an “unlikely hero” for ignoring all the resistance to reactor restarts (via EX-SKF) http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/06/economist-magazine-praises-japans-pm.html Time gives it split coverage between opposition and Noda’s claims this is needed. http://world.time.com/2012/06/15/start-your-engines-japan-gets-ready-to-return-to-nuclear-power/ MSNBC at least admits the Friday protest but again repeats the govt. line that the restarts are needed to avert blackouts http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/16/12249740-japan-approves-reactor-restarts-more-seen?lite Only MSNBC so far has admitted that the restarts are a handout to … Read entire article »

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Yokohama World No Nuclear Conference Shows Resolve Of People

The conference proved to be a major event that will likely be the jumping off point for more change in Japan and a more coordinated world wide resolve. A set of declarations were made and voted at the conference. The Yokohama Declaration that more than 10,000 participants from some 30 countries adopted on the second and last day of the event in Yokohama included the following statements. Sufficient support for all victims of the nuclear disaster. “The right to evacuation, health care, decontamination, compensation and the right to enjoy the same standard of living as before March 11, 2011,” Information should be more available. “Collect data related to the plant crippled after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in a “comprehensive” manner” The declaration also called on Japan to not export nuclear equipment and technology … Read entire article »

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Public Action Against Nuclear Power And Safety Promotion Grows Exponentially

Efforts in Japan started out slow but have gained speed recently as groups get organized to help people be safe, find safe food and resist commercial nuclear power. Cities throughout Shizuoka prefecture are passing resolutions demanded Hamaoka nuclear power plant be permanently shut down and decommissioned. Hamaoka has been declared one of the most dangerous nuclear plants on earth as it sits on multiple fault lines at a low elevation near the sea. The Hakodate City mayor has asked that construction on the Oma nuclear plant by permanently stopped. Even government officials have begun to crack. A high ranking official at the Ministry of the Environment admitted people do not trust the government’s radiation readings. NISA officials are admitting that the RPV (reactor vessel) at one of the reactors cracked in the earthquake. … Read entire article »

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History Of Anti-Nuclear Activism In Japan

This interesting documentary talks to various activists and dives into the long history of the anti-nuclear movement in Japan. It also looks into the conditions in Japan that led to the building of the plants and the groups that supported and opposed them. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Massive Protests And Blockades Of Nuclear Shipment In France And Germany

People from all walks of life and age groups in Germany and France are protesting the Castor nuclear shipments from Valogne France to Gorleben Germany. Farmers blockade tracks with farm equipment and lifestock. Protesters chain themselves to the tracks in large numbers to block or at least delay the shipment to make it as difficult as possible in a clear sign that the public does not support the nuclear power policy their countries have thrust upon them. Over the 1000 km journey people wait as word of the trains trip gets out. Areva does not announce the exact date and time the train will leave in the hopes to avoid protesters. While some of the protest points are relatively peaceful others are rather aggressive clashes with police. The shipment this time carries … Read entire article »

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Occupy METI!

A group of protesters have camped out in front of the METI offices in Tokyo. METI is the ministry in charge of nuclear power oversight. There have been earlier protests at METI demanding they take more meaningful action to protect the people from the nuclear power industry. Last week 1300 people showed up in the rain to form a human chain around the METI building. The ongoing sit in including tents in front of the METI offices met some minor resistance by police who eventually gave in. Two women in their 60′s refused to leave and demanded they be allowed to talk to the emperor. The group is demanding that all nuclear reactors in Japan be permanently shut down as they go offline for maintenance. They say this is just the … Read entire article »

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People In Japan Close Accounts At Major Banks For Loaning Kyushu Nuclear Money

Mizuho Corporate Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,  Sumitomo Mitsui and Bank of Japan made 180 billion yen in loans to Kyushu Electric. Kyushu has been under considerable public scrutiny after it was made public that they had actively been faking public support for their nuclear plants and adding MOX plutonium fuel to certain reactors. The company president refused to step down even though he was directly implicated in these frauds. These loans angered many people already frustrated with Kyushu’s corporate bad behavior. A campaign began on twitter over the weekend where people pulled their accounts out of these banks and urged others to do the same. This idea spread quickly as a Japanese twist on Occupy Wall Street, giving people some sort of control over an out of control situation. If you have … Read entire article »

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More Photos Of Tokyo’s 60,000 People Anti-Nuclear Protest

The protest on Monday has apparently taken officials off guard. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police were downplaying the attendance and now people found media images being taken down online. The photos show how large the protest really was. Photos by Mainichi Daily. * We also found some videos of the protest on YouTube, they are at the bottom of the page (Thanks to Ian for finding these) This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce … Read entire article »

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Massive Anti-Nuclear Protest In Tokyo

60,000 protesters took to the streets of Tokyo Monday. People in costume, carrying signs and chants of “Sayonara nuclear power” filled the streets. Some brought their children, expressing concerns about food contamination and safety for their families. Mari Joh traveled from Hitachi City to join the protests and collect signatures to shut down Tokai Dai-ni nuclear plant. Before the march protesters gathered in Meiji Park to hear speakers. Evacuees told their story, how they left everything and may never be able to return home. Nobel prize winning author  Kenzaburo Oe and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto also spoke at the event. Current polls show 55% want to reduce nuclear power in Japan. Protesters said Japan needs to end nuclear power or it  ”would transform the country into a nuclear waste dump.” People on twitter encouraged others to show up to Monday’s … Read entire article »

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In Japan People Try To Evoke Change

“Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.” – Goethe As the central government in Japan does very little , people in Japan are trying to do something themselves. Those singular acts to start a project, deliver some aid or to speak out so others have more understanding all add up.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full … Read entire article »

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Eerie Radiation Art Installation

The Dockville music festival in Hamburg included this art installation called Radioactive Control. The army of 100 figures glowed eerily at night. The artists said this: “we wanted to invite reflection regarding the use and abuse of nuclear energy, cheap in economic terms, but which can cause grave secondary effects for the environment and health, forever irreversible.” This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or … Read entire article »

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