Current Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda approved the restart of one of Japan’s nuclear reactors last month, according to the Japan Times, in response, last week’s protests was probably the biggest yet, and possibly the largest protest in central Tokyo since the 1960s, as organizers estimated the turnout to be over 200,000 people.
Shouting antinuclear slogans and beating drums, demonstrators gathered in front of the Japanese prime minister’s residence on Friday in the largest display yet of public anger at the government’s decision to restart a nuclear power plant. “Make an honorable withdrawal from nuclear power generation,” one protester shouted.
Similar protest rallies were held across the country, including Osaka, which is served by Kansai Electric.
Democratic Part of Japan call for reduction of nuclear reliance and decommissioning
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan and other members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan are drafting a road map for reducing the nation’s reliance on nuclear energy, on Wednesday they called for the immediate decommissioning of 12 of Japan’s reactors.
The 12 reactors specified include the three at Chubu Electric Power Co.’s Hamaoka power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, Fukushima Daiichi and the nearby Fukushima Daiichi complexes, and the Onagawa plant run by Tohoku Electric Power Co. in Miyagi Prefecture.
The group cited the massive effect that the Fukushima nuclear crisis is having on the national population and the financial impact taking its toll on the national economy, as well as noting the risk of major disasters in the future if reactors are restarted.
The group also called for the decommissioning of all operating nuclear plants by fiscal 2025, arguing that form of energy is “not ethical as it entails huge risks and leaves the problem of radioactive waste.”
They also criticized the governments’ recent flip-flop on relicensing, instead arguing that each and every one of the rest of the reactors should be decommissioned after forty years of operation, and urged the government not to build any new atomic plants.
Anglican Church in Japan releases statement calling for nuclear abolishment after Fukushima
The Anglican-Episcopal Church in Japan also released a statement calling for the abolishment of nuclear energy after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The release explained that nuclear power generation was extremely dangerous in itself, and each person, “having suffered from nuclear bombings,” have so far “failed to acquire sufficient knowledge about nuclear power and exposure to radiation.”
The church teaches that even without accidents, nuclear power is a real threat to people’s lives in that it “imposes sacrifices on socially weakened people throughout the process,” from the mining of uranium to the disposal of radioactive waste.
The House of Bishops stated in its message on March 11th, 2012: “We have enjoyed materially comfortable life by allowing nuclear power plants to be built in various parts of the country to make it possible to consume more electricity. The Great Earthquake has shattered the safety myth of nuclear power under the guise of peaceful utilization of nuclear energy. We call for the conversion of Japan’s energy policy, which currently depends on nuclear energy. We also strongly call on all of us to change our own lifestyle.”
The statement included 3 key arguments made on behalf of the call for nuclear abolishment.
Nuclear Power Endangers the Life Created by God
“A large quantity of radioactive waste, without any appropriate disposal technology, will continue to endanger people’s lives for a long period of time. Besides, no one can deny that the existence of nuclear power plants in a country like Japan, which is subject to frequent earthquakes, is very likely to be the cause of serious crises in the future.”
Nuclear Power Destroys the Nature Created by God
“A large quantity of radioactive waste, without any appropriate disposal technology, will continue to endanger people’s lives for a long period of time. Besides, no one can deny that the existence of nuclear power plants in a country like Japan, which is subject to frequent earthquakes, is very likely to be the cause of serious crises in the future.
It has been said that nuclear power is a clean source of energy. In fact, however, it also uses a large quantity of fossil fuels in the enrichment of uranium and the maintenance of power plants, thus emitting abundant carbon dioxide and a large quantity of heat in the environment through heated secondary cooling water.”
Nuclear Power Deprives People of the Peaceful Life Given by God
“Nuclear power plants have been imposed on impoverished areas in Japan under the pretext of their being “absolutely safe.” Though the plants have been said to create jobs and bring about prosperity, actually, they have further increased regional disparities. The nuclear crisis has caused people affected areas to lose their homes and jobs. In the absence of other major industries—such as farming and fishing—upon which to base their livelihood, they cannot afford to help their children evacuate the polluted hometown. More people are compelled to live an unstable life due to the threat of radioactive contamination and, with increased mental stress, some families are faced with disruption and collapse. We must take seriously the situation of such people.”
For a World Without Nuclear Power Plants
“First of all, we demand that the Japanese government be responsible for, and put an end to, the devastating consequences of this nuclear accident and we also share the responsibility. As Jesus taught us, “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12). It is not permissible for us to impose the danger and exposure to radiation on sparsely populated areas as well as to create new dangers in foreign countries to which Japan is planning to export nuclear power plants.
In solidarity with other denominations and faiths, we call for an immediate abolition of nuclear power plants and a conversion of Japan’s energy policy toward the development of alternative sources of energy. We are determined to change our own lifestyle from the old one in which we have pursued only convenience and comfort. We will share pains and difficulties with those who suffer and pray for a world where we learn from, love and support one another.”
May God bless this land and restore peace on earth!
Source: Anglican Communion
Source: The Japan Times
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