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Averting the fourth national exposure to nuclear radiation - on the 67th anniversary of the world's first nuclear attack -

I. How the illusion of "peaceful use of nuclear power" was promoted

Peace movements acting as engine of promotion

Today, on the day which marks the first day of the nuclear attack on human history (unfortunately, there is a 'second' which is approaching in three days). I must highlight the role of peace movements in promoting the "peaceful use of nuclear energy."

In order to 'reject' the military use of nuclear power, 'relatively undermine' the value of the military use of nuclear power, and to 'promote' the notion of 'peaceful use of nuclear power,' peace movements in the world in effect became the foremost promoter of nuclear power.

Peace movements, as exemplified by movements such as the WFM (World Federalist Movement) promoted the use of nuclear power as a part of their "anti-nuclear" campaign. They strongly believed the promotion of peaceful use will undervalue its military use.

This belief system was further strengthened by the establishment of the NPT regime, which justified the spread of peaceful use of nuclear power as an effective deterrent against nuclear weapons proliferation.

It is is uncertain whether the promotion of peaceful use of nuclear power was driven by the vested interests of the nuclear industry, or whether international agencies such IAEA and international regimes such as NPT in fact served as an agent to protect these interests. What is certain, regardless of whether it is interest-driven, is that peaceful movements such as WFM were led into playing the role of a "nuclear power promoter" in a global scale.

Marginalization of anti-nuclear movements

While peace movements such as WFM steered itself in the direction of promoting nuclear power, the traditional anti-nuclear movements as exemplified by Gensuikin or Japan Congress Against A- and H- Bombs (Japanese only)maintained their opposition against both military and peaceful use of nuclear power. However, their adamant position often fell prey to the promoters of nuclear power in their political games. 

Under the three non-nuclear principles the peaceful use of nuclear power was an exception permitted by and acknowledged by the state. Opposing nuclear power as a whole regarding peaceful use of nuclear power in the same light as its military use was sidestepped to be regarded as "anti-non-nuclear". As a result anti-nuclear movements expressing 'radical thoughts' were marginalized in an increasingly conservative society.

While anti-nuclear movements were being marginalized as a movement only permitted to oppose military use of nuclear power, peace movements that oppose military use but not peaceful use for 'reducing the value of military use of nuclear power' gained political momentum and contributed in establishing an environment where peaceful use of nuclear power could not longer be opposed.

The consequence of marginalization

As a result, both peace movements and anti-nuclear movements lost their social justification to oppose peaceful use of nuclear power in this country. There were no effective forces in this country that could oppose it anymore. In retrospect, this was a tremendous loss for all of those who now advocate for a nuclear-free society.

After the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, people sought for reliable information and/or data. Where did they turn to? They turned to institutions such as (Nuclear Information) or CNIC or Citizens' Nuclear Information Center, which long served as an integral part of the anti-nuclear community that advocated for the end to the peaceful use of nuclear power. For example, Peace Depot, the internationally recognized and self-proclaimed nuclear think tank, have provided many intelligence reports proving the linkages between nuclear power and nuclear weapons development. But their research was only appreciated among the anti-nuclear community internationally, and only in the context of reliable information against the military use of nuclear power, domestically. The value of their information was thus marginalized.

As a result, the general public wasn't aware of the inherent risk of nuclear power plant or the fact that nuclear power plays an integral role in the development of nuclear weapons. They had to face these hard facts without knowing, without having interest, on March 11, 2011.

Fortunately, however, after 3-11 the game has changed. The information provided by the anti-nuclear community has played a vital role in educating the public with the correct knowledge, helping them to mobilize themselves as a group of informed citizens. This in part has led to the successful campaign of the now world renown "Hydrangea Revolution."

II. Peaceful use of nuclear power is impossible under the current policy apparatus 

Nuclear Safety - the core issue of nuclear power plant administration

The core issue underlying Japan's peaceful use of nuclear power (nuclear power plant administration) consists of issues in management, control, and mindset, all leading up to nuclear safety. Of course, in retrospect, a country entrenched with seismic faults should not have nearly 60 nuclear power plants built to serve the core of its energy infrastructure in the first place. However, this choice was given to the public long ago, and the public--however deceived by disinformation and propaganda--accepted it as "safe" without giving much thought, or needless to say, a public discourse on the matter. So the 'acceptance' of the building of power plants is a given. The problem is after building them.

Have there been sufficient measures to ensure nuclear safety?

After 3-11 many of the Japanese people recognized for a fact that even though the nuclear power plants may be operated in perfect condition,  there are still need for employment of strict safety standards (in both design and operation), a clear documented mindset for emergency response, continual training for emergency scenarios, as well as continual improvements on all safety aspects in order to ensure nuclear safety.

Part of this has been highlighted as one of the recommendations (my blog in Japanese)from the BAS or Bulletin of Atomic Scientists whey they set their Dooms Day Clock to "5 minutes to Midnight"(BAS Timeline) on January 2012.

2012: "safer nuclear reactor designs need to be developed and built, and more stringent oversight, training, and attention are needed to prevent future disasters;"

It has been more than a year after the nuclear power plant accident, but none of these recommendations were adopted. Despite the civilian as well as parliamentary investigation committees leading to the same conclusion that the accident was "manmade" (my blog in Japanese), the National Diet, which is supposed to serve an oversight function over the executive, is utterly dysfunctional. Just by looking at the way they are handling the members selection of the new, Japanese version of Nuclear Regulatory Commission, it is clear that they are incapable of enacting "improvements in human quality".

The direct causes of the accident were all foreseeable prior to March 11, 2011. The TEPCO Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and TEPCO, and the lack of governance by said parties. They effectively betrayed the nation’s right to be safe from nuclear accidents. Therefore, we conclude that the accident was clearly “manmade.” We believe that the root causes were the organizational and regulatory systems that supported faulty rationales for decisions and actions, rather than issues relating to the competency of any specific individual. -- Conclusions from the NAIIC Executive Summary of their final report

So as I have stated repeatedly in my blog 
(Japanese)this nation is not equipped to operate nuclear power

A pledge commemorating the 67th anniversary of the first nuclear attack

We have, since 67 years ago on this day, three times suffered the exposure to radiation. First and second was due to exposure through nuclear explosion, and it was due to an act of war. Our government has failed to compensate the victims in full till this day. The third exposure was due to natural disaster, but the spread of radiation harm was brought by the incompetence of the nuclear administrators.

Our government does not have the will or the capacity to protect its citizens from the horrors, the threats, the risks, and the dangers of nuclear power.

On this 67th anniversary of the first nuclear attack in world's history, we here by pledge:
that we shall chose a government that would serve to protect its citizens from the horrors of nuclear power; that we shall form an executive branch that would serve to protect its citizens from the threat of nuclear power; that we shall form a legislative branch that would not allow to expose its constituents to the inherent dangers of nuclear power; and that we shall learn from our lessons, all to avert our FOURTH exposure to nuclear radiation.
But we know that today's administration and policy apparatus do not have the will or the capacity to realize this ideal.

After more than a year from the accident, our judgement for the executive as the well as the legislative branch, the regulators, the utilities companies has been set. We have to remake them from scratch. First, we must start with the dissolution of the legislative branch. In order to do that we must force the current administration to step down.

August 6, 2012
In commemoration of the first nuclear attack in world's history
And to avert the fourth national exposure to nuclear radiation

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2012: "safer nuclear reactor designs need to be developed and built, and more stringent oversight, training, and attention are needed to prevent future disasters;"












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German translation: Nachricht: Der Naturkostladen "Araiguma (=Waschbär)" wurde geschlossen.

Der Naturkostladen "Araiguma" wurde heute am 31. Juli geschlossen. Vielen Dank für Ihre lange Unterstützung.

Trotz Ihrer besonderen Gunst, die wir im Laufe der Jahre geniessen durften, müssen wir Ihnen mitteilen, dass wir unser Geschäft Ende Juli geschlossen haben. Wir sind Ihnen für die lange Begünstigung unseres Shops dankbar.

Die 2011 vom Tohoku-Erdbeben verursachte Nuklearkatastrophe im Kernkraftwerk Fukushima Daiichi hat eine beispiellose radioaktive Verseuchung hervorgerufen, und es ist äußerst schwierig geworden, Ihnen unschädliche Lebensmittel anzubieten. Trotzdem haben wir seitdem mit aller Anstrengung versucht, Gemüse aus den weniger verseuchteten Gebieten zu besorgen und die Herkunft des Rohmaterials unserer Waren ausführlich zu erfragen. Aber die Kontaminationsumstände werden dennoch immer ernster.

Die gegenwärtige japanische Regierung handelt der weltweit verbreiteten Übereinkunft zuwider, dass alle radioaktiven Stoffe innerhalb des betroffenen Gebietes, nicht nur in Fukushima, eingesperrt sein müssen. Sie betreibt eine betrügerische, verbrecherische Politik, indem sie die radioaktiv verseuchteten Tsunami-Trümmer landesweit verbreitet und sie dort einäschert. Wegen dieser törichten Politik der Noda-Regierung breitet sich die radioaktive Verseuchung absichtlich und systematisch besonders schnell aus.

Inzwischen ist die Verseuchung so extrem, dass ein kleines Einzelhandelsgeschäft wie unseres nicht mehr damit zurechtkommen kann. Zudem können wir unter solchen Bedingungen nicht mehr versprechen, dass unsere Waren sicher sind.

Wir empfehlen jedem von Ihnen dringend, sich bei jedem einzelnen Produzenten nach der Herkunft und der Erntezeit seiner Produkte zu erkundigen, um die richtige Entscheidung zu treffen.

In jedem Fall fahren wir fort, Sie über die Folgen der Katastrophe, den Grad der nuklearen Verseuchung sowie über die Diätetik und Seifenprodukte zu informieren. Wir würden uns sehr freuen, wenn Sie uns auf Twitter folgen würden.

Bitte zögern Sie nicht uns jederzeit anzurufen, solange unser Ladentelefon noch freigeschaltet ist.

3-19-3 Meguro Honcho, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Telefon: +813-3794-1848

Veröffentlicht mit der ausdrücklichen Zustimmung des Ladenbesitzers

Ursprüngliche Nachricht
Naturkostladen Araiguma
Japanische Bericht von: Merx
Artikel übernommen vonOffice BALÉS
Deutsche Übersetzung: Naoco Franz

Announcement: Natural Food Store "Araiguma" is Closed - "The Araiguma" Newsletter -

Thank you for your long support. Natural Food Store "Araiguma" has closed down as of today, July 31, 2012. 
Despite the excellent support we enjoyed over the years, we are announcing that we have closed our store at the end of July. We deeply appreciate your long support and love for our store.

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident caused by the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake have caused an unprecedented damage through radioactive contamination. Today, it has become extremely difficult for our store to provide safe food stuff. Despite our tireless effort to secure vegetables from regions that are deemed to be less affected from the radiation exposure, and our diligent checks on the origins of our raw materials, the contamination is getting worse by the day.

The current Noda Administration completely went against the global common sense that all radioactive contaminants of an affected region, including Fukushima, must be contained. Instead the administration went ahead with a "wide-area treatment" of the so called "radioactive debris." As a result, a human-made structural violence of radiation harm is spreading rapidly, through the incompetent, deceitful and criminal policies of the Noda Administration.

The level of harm done can no longer be dealt within the capacity of a single retailer anymore. We are no longer conditioned to say, "this is safe" to our customers.
As for our customers, we seriously recommend that you inquire each and every producer on the origin and the harvesting period of their products to make an informed decision.

We will however continue to disseminate information on the nuclear power plant accident, the level of radioactive contamination, and on dietetics and soap products through Twitter etc., so we encourage you to follow us.
Please feel free to call us at any time while our store phone remains functional for a short while.

Owner, Natural Food Store "Aragiuma"
3-19-3 Meguro Honcho, Meguro-ku, TOkyo
Phone: +813-3794-1848

Posted with explicit consent of the store owner.

Original announcement : Natural Food Store Araiguma
Japanese report by: Merx
Article adapted by: Office BALÉS