Japan: Consumers Union of Japan sends plea to PM about radioactivity
30 Mar 2011
Consumers Union of Japan today posted their urgent
proposal sent to Japanese Prime Minister Kan Naoto. The consumer
organisation highlights their deep concerns for the safety and
health of people in the Tohoku region of Japan. This follows the
earthquake and tsunami in the region.
The letter also points to the heightened radiation risk,
resulting from the damage to the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima
Nuclear Power Plant. They are particularly concerned with the
health of pregnant women and children.
Future of nuclear
Consumers Union of Japan is against nuclear power and urges the
Prime Minister for a reversal on the use of nuclear energy.
'We strongly request a conversion to an energy policy
that does not depend on nuclear power
Read the Consumers International blog for an on the
ground look at the earthquake crisis in Japan and what has happened
to other Consumers International member organsations.
Read the complete letter below. For more information visit the
Union of Japan English page.
To: Kan Naoto,
Prime Minister of Japan
From: Tomiyama Yoko,
Chairperson, Consumers Union of Japan (NPO)
Proposal Regarding Emergency Measures for Pregnant Women and
Children in the Tohoku Region
Consumers Union of
Japan is committed to a sound and healthy future for our children.
We rely only on individual membership fees as the basis for our
activities, thus ensuring the independence of our ideas as an
We feel very
strongly for the people who have been affected by the huge
earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region of Japan. There is very
serious damage in many parts of the region. We are very concerned
about the grave situation caused by the damage to the nuclear
reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. We are feeling
particularly apprehensive about the influence of radioactivity on
the residents in their immediate vicinity.
Union of Japan was founded in April, 1969, we have strongly
appealed against nuclear power generation on the basis that
radioactivity cannot coexist with living beings. There are no safe
limits. We have tried to stop nuclear power before such a serious
accident occurred, using all possible means at our disposal to
cooperate and work together with other networks of concerned
individuals and anti-nuclear groups.
We strongly request a
conversion to an energy policy that does not depend on nuclear
We cannot help
getting very angry and mortified about the reports of the severe
damage at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant No.
misgivings are deepening regarding the exposure to the workers who
are doing their utmost to prevent the worst case scenario from
request that every measure is taken to ensure that the workers are
not exposed to radioactivity.
In addition, we
are concerned about the influence on the citizens living in the
surrounding environment, in particular pregnant women and children.
The effect on the embryo and on infants due to doses of
radioactivity has been found to be about 10 times stronger than on
children, and about 100 times stronger than on adults
(National Academy of Sciences. NAS,
Hour by hour, the
situation appears to be changing to a more serious state, as the
forecasts of damage due to radioactivity have become more and more
propose the following while at the same time we sincerely request
that thorough measures be taken so that the worst possible
situation is not allowed to happen:
expand the evacuation zone to prepare for every contingency, and
make every effort to help pregnant women and children in particular
to take shelter at a further distance away from the damaged
reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant No.
2. Ensure that
every effort is made to provide the people in the evacuation zone
with food and water that have not been exposed to or polluted by
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