A-Bomb Survivors 100-day voyage to spread message against nuclear power and weapons

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Around 950 people left Yokohama port Tuesday,  the survivors will visit Ukraine for the first time and meet with people who survived the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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“I used to think developing atomic weapons was something different from the peaceful use of nuclear power such as at nuclear plants, but the Fukushima accident made me realize that for mankind to use nuclear power goes against God’s way,” 78-year-old Kazumi Yamada, who survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki when she was 12, told a news conference before the NGO‘s passenger vessel got under way.

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Hiroshima bombing survivor Shizuko Matsunaga, 80, who has thyroid disease, said she worries about the future of children in Fukushima Prefecture.

“I want to spread the message that we should never use nuclear power on Earth,” she told the news conference.

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Nuclear power plants are all over the world. In order to deal with this issue, we must create a global network,” said Tatsuya Yoshioka, director of the nongovernmental organization Peace Boat.

Japan has (the) huge responsibility’ to lead the world away from nuclear energy after the Fukushima plant disaster, said Yoshioka.

‘We have a strong feeling that we need to create a network beyond border to oppose nuclear power generation.’

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Germany’s Rebecca Harms, a member of the European Parliament, said the Fukushima crisis had a strong impact on Europe, pointing to Germany’s decision to close eight old reactors almost immediately after the crisis was triggered by the March 11 disasters.

Japan does not need to go back to nuclear power, she said. “Please, people of Japan, learn from the German experience.”

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Source: Monsters & Critics

 

Source: Japan Times

Source: Japan Times

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