Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Flecon bags piling up in a cemetery, Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture (June 13, 2019)

Words under the clock:”Harmony between people and the environment   Attractive city Koriyama”

Tons of black “flecon bags” – a Japanese contraction of flexible container bag – which include soil and waste polluted with radioactive substances are piling up at Higashiyama Cemetery in the city of Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture.

These bags were temporarily stored on the site, surrounded by stainless steel plates. There are no signs of “radioactive waste” – simply written as “removed soil.”

Koriyama, 70 kilometers west of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, shows relatively higher level of radiation due to the radioactive fallout from the crippled plant.

The cemetery is located in 10 kilometers southeast from JR Koriyama station.

The cemetery in Koriyama
A close-up view of the red circle in the above photo
           A closer look and view from the gap between the stainless steel plates
                                   Inserting the iPad into the gap,a scene of the right shot
                       Similarly, scene of the left shot

                               Large storage area for tons of black “flecon bags”
                         Same as above

More pictures are available from the Japanese website.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

【Breaking News】 Citizens in Ise City to re-challenge for the “Chernobyl Law in Japan”

A group of citizens in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, will re-start a direct initiative calling for the enactment of the “Chernobyl Law in Japan” in 2020. 
The kick-off meeting is scheduled for February 15, 2020, at Ise City Plaza, Ise City. 

The group needs to collect a certain number of signatures in a designated period to bring the agenda to the municipal assembly to formally discuss. 

Earlier this year, in August 2019, the group actually started their grassroots initiative. However, it was not successful. They only collected 64 percent of the required numbers (or one 50th of the municipal population of 18+ years old) during the one-month period. 

          Press conference for a direct initiative calling for the enactment of the
               “Chernobyl Law in Japan” on February 6, 2019

This is the first development in Japan toward making a local ordinance that protects the health and safety of people from radiation exposure following the Fukushima disaster.  
Details will be communicated using this blog site.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Message from IPPNW(International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)(26 Aug 2019)

Japanese government must take urgent action to protect Japanese people from unacceptable radiation exposure

August 26, 2019 

Now more than eight years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, IPPNW strongly supports the call by civil society organisations in Japan for the ionising radiation maximum permissible dose limit for members of the public to be promptly reduced from 20 to 1 mSv per year.

IPPNW leaders wrote to the Japanese government on 29 April 2011 expressing concern about the government’s decision a few days earlier to increase the allowable additional exposure to ionising radiation for children in Fukushima from 1 to 20 mSv per year: “As physicians, we consider the decision to allow the children of Fukushima to be exposed to such injurious levels of radiation an unacceptable abrogation of the responsibility of care and custodianship for our children and future generations.”
A few months later, on 22 August 2011, IPPNW co-presidents wrote to then Prime Minister Naoto Kan, urging that: “The maximum acceptable additional non-medical radiation exposure limit for the general population should be returned to 1 mSv per year in total (i.e., including both internal and external exposures to all radioactive isotopes). This is especially important for children and pregnant women and should occur without delay.”

We reiterated then: “We remain profoundly concerned that the 20 mSv annual radiation dose limit for members of the public, including children and pregnant women, set by your government in April, unfortunately represents the greatest willingness to accept radiation-related health harm for the general population of any government around the world in recent decades. As physicians, we have an ethical responsibility to state that such a level is associated with unacceptable health risks where these can be avoided.”
 It is inexcusable that eight years later, these measures which need to be taken for the Japanese government to fulfil its responsibility to protect its citizens have still not been implemented.

Since 2011, powerful new evidence of radiation-related health risks greater than previously estimated at doses as low as a few mSv and dose rates as low as 1mSv per year has emerged from large studies of children having CT scans, rates of leukaemia in children living in areas with differing levels of background radiation, and large long-term studies of nuclear industry workers. These studies have also confirmed the particular vulnerability to radiation of young children, and women and girls, with long-term cancer risks for young girls being up to 8 to 10 times greater than for adult males for the same radiation exposure. This evidence has reinforced the urgency of protecting the health and safety of the people of Japan by returning the radiation dose limit for the public back to 1mSv.

IPPNW therefore urges prompt return to the 1 mSv/year standard, which should be applied consistently throughout Japan, including to evacuation orders and return of citizens to radioactively contaminated areas.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Message from Noam Chomsky (15 Aug 2019)

From: Noam Chomsky <chomsky@‥‥>

Will this help.


I understand that there are local initiatives calling for enactment of “the Chernobyl Law in Japan” in Ise City, Mie prefecture, the first city to take such a step.  These courageous citizen actions should encourage others to pursue the same course, reaching the national level.  It would be a most important contribution to bringing not only Japan, but the whole world, to understand and confront the grim threats posed by nuclear facilities and the urgent need to protect the health and safety of people who may be victims of their misuse.  These efforts merit strong local and international support

Noam Chomsky

Monday, March 19, 2018

Message from Noam Chomsky (19 Mar 2018)

Celebrating our formation meeting, Noam Chomsky sent to us the below message.

Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:32:08 +0000

From: Noam Chomsky 
To: Toshio Yanagihara 

Very pleased to learn about this very important initiative.  Brief statement attached.

Noam Chomsky


I am very pleased to learn of the formation of the “Citizen Society for the
Establishment of Chernobyl Law in Japan." I hope and trust that this
important citizen initiative will contribute to the speedy enactment of
Chernobyl law to protect the victims of the Fukushima tragedy, and to
reinforce efforts to ensure that no such catastrophe ever recurs 

Noam Chomsky

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Call for Working Together to Enact the Chernobyl Law in Japan (8 July 2017)

A Call for Working Together to Enact the Chernobyl Law in Japan
Masami Ueno
(Director of Fukushima-Iseshima Association)
Fukushima-Isehima Association is a Non-Profit Organization located in Mie Prefecture in Japan. We have been helping the evacuees (be it forced or volunteered) from Fukushima to settle in Mie Prefecture and providing the children of Fukushima with recuperation programs in Mie since March 2011. We also send fresh vegetables to families in Fukushima.  
Our activities mentioned above have been supported by generous donations and grants. However, after six years have passed, we have realized that what private organizations—like ours—can do is limited. Yet, our activities are still necessary for many people since radiation continues to be released into the air every day as the result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Then, the question is how we can tackle with such an unprecedented scale of disaster. To be honest, we are at a loss. However, there are two important precedents we should follow. 
The first instance is the Chernobyl Law that was established by the government of the former Soviet Union for the people affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in order to protect their lives and health from radiation. The Chernobyl Law is also the first law in the world that manifests the universal human rights to the life of the people affected by the radiation disaster. We believe that Japan must enact the law equivalent to the Chernobyl Law.  
Another instance is Japan’s Freedom of Information Law that was established by the government of Japan in 1999. This law was the product of the accumulated efforts made by the citizens all over Japan; those citizens requested their own local governments and members of the city councils to enact the Freedom of Information Law at the municipal levels. This citizen movement eventually led to the enactment of this law at the national level. We can establish Japan’s Chernobyl Law by following this history and experience of the civil actions that eventually realized the Freedom of Information Law in Japan.
We would like to work together with many of you toward the enactment of Japan’s Chernobyl Law in order to protect our health and lives from the radiation disaster.
Please take a moment to read the following. We hope that you support our idea and join our effort to establish Japan’s Chernobyl Law.
Five years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the so-called “Chernobyl Law” was established by the former Soviet Union; it was then succeeded by the governments of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus after the dissolvement of the Soviets.  
All these governments have guaranteed the right to evacuation for the residents living in the contaminated areas by radiation, while providing the people living in the areas to which the evacuation orders were issued with the social security. The three countries are not necessarily in a sound economic situation; consequently, they are not able to fulfill all the compensations stimulated by the law. Nonetheless, the Chernobyl Law is still significant for human history as it identifies the government as the primary responsible for the nuclear disaster and guarantees the unconditional right to evacuation for the residents living in areas where one’s exposure to radiation would exceed 1 mSv/year.
On the other hand, the Japanese government raised the standard of public dose limit for radiation exposure from 1 mSv to 20 mSv per year after the Fukushima nuclear accident, and continues to maintain the same dose limit as the safety standard, which turns to be the criteria for the government to lift the evacuation order today. 
Furthermore, the Fukushima Health Management Survey Committee has renounced the possibility of causal relation between the increasing number of thyroid cancers among the Fukushima children and radiation, and has never taken a drastic measurement for the health problems among the residents of Fukushima.
Japan’s radiation risk management policy considerably differs from that of the three former USSR countries, which set up 1 mSv/ year as the public dose limit for radiation exposure and provide the social security for the people who are diagnosed as a possible victim of the radiological consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
Immediately after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the government of the former Soviet Union raised the standard of the public dose for radiation exposure from 1 mSv to 100 mSv/year; and some experts insisted that 100 mSv/year was ‘safe’ even around the period where the Chernobyl Law was being established. However, the public dose limit was reversed to 1mSv/year, which is the international standard, because the nuclear power plant workers, who had dealt with the accident, fiercely opposed to the government’s policy of 100 mSv as the post-Chernobyl public dose limit. 
We, the citizens in Japan, too, experienced the nuclear catastrophe that reminded us of the dignity of life.
We must speak out and take actions in order to establish Japan’s Chernobyl Law.
May 2017
Please contact us if you like to work with us to draft a model plan and formulate a procedure to enact the law at the municipal level. The below is our contacts:
                  Email: ueno_masami_1108※ Ueno
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-->The above call(In French)
-->The above call(In Korean)
-->The above call(In Japanese)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Message from Japan (June 2017)

Message from Japan
June 2017
After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, the Japanese government professed: “Such a nuclear accident like the Chernobyl will never occur in Japan because the Japanese science technology is a way more advanced than that of Soviets.” However, it happened fifteen years after the Chernobyl accident. No country, including Japan, declared that their nuclear science technology would never fail after the whole world had witnessed what happened in Fukushima. Instead, the pro-nuclear states have accepted to take the risk of another nuclear accident as Hans Blix, Director of the IAEA at the time of the Chernobyl disaster, once stated: “The atomic industry can take catastrophes like Chernobyl every year.” They have decided to take the probability of the occurrence of a nuclear accident among about 500 nuclear power plants all over the world to maintain the nuclear industry. According to their calculation, a nuclear accident may occur every 500 years. What the two nuclear catastrophes in Chernobyl and Fukushima have revealed to the world is that the consequences of the nuclear accident would always be grossly underestimated; and the citizens and children would be affected most severely by a nuclear disaster. The people in Chernobyl and Fukushima are left in that unjust situations.

It is not the tragedy that has happened only to the people in
Chernobyl and Fukushima. It could happen to you anytime in future. We cannot repeat such a tragedy.

To not repeat, we need to make the Chernobyl Law—which guarantees the right to evacuation from radiation-contaminated environment following the international standard of the dose limit of radiation exposure—an international treaty. As an initial step towards that goal, we have launched a campaign to establish the Chernobyl Law in the town and city we live.

The following is the call for the enactment of Japan’s Chernobyl Law. The message was written by a Japanese mother.

We wish that you read this message, support our action and work towards the establishment of Japan’s Chernobyl Law with us. If the Chernobyl Law has been enacted in many cities and in many countries, such the movement will greatly encourage and inspire the people of Fukushima, who have no legal protection from radiation risk.  
We are hoping to be connected with the people all over the world and work altogether to protect the health and lives of our children from another nuclear accident. We look forward to hearing from you.

                                    Toshio Yanagihara, Lawyer.
                (The Reality of Fukushima--he spoke at UN in October 2012

A Call for Working Together to Enact the Chernobyl Law in Japan

Flecon bags piling up in a cemetery, Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture (June 13, 2019)

Words under the clock:”Harmony between people and the environment   Attractive city Koriyama” Tons of black “flecon bags” – a Japanese cont...