English press release

May 23, 2011

Press release for immediate release

JOIN US FOR THE SYMPOSIUMS AND ACTIONS!!!

Parliament Building Cycling Demonstration

   Date and Time: May 27, Friday 8:45 am
   Place:JR Ichigaya station (You can join anywhere if you find us!)
   Destination:Defense Agency, Tokyo Metropolitan Education Board, Tokyo Electric,   Foreign Ministry, Cabinet Office
   

Contact (only on May 27):080-5386-9921 

Peace Cycle 2011 Nationwide Network
      Contact: No Nukes Plaza Tokyo (Tanpoposya) TEL 03-3238-9035


Lecture and Discussion "Aiming for a Nuke-Free World"

  Date and Time: May 29, Sunday, 1pm to 5pm
  Place: Meiji University Liberty Tower 6F, 1063

  Lecturers: Shinji Miyadai (sociologist)
               Shinro Kawamiya (Japan Enthoropy Society)
      Yuji Harada (No Nukes Plaza Tokyo-Tanpoposya)
      Yoshihiko Ichida (Kobe University)

  Fee: 500 yen
  Hosted by No Nukes Plaza Tokyo, Society for Article 9, Renaissance Study Group

 


Lecture by Film Director, Hitomi Kamanaka

Hitomi Kamanaka produced a numerous anti-nuke films in Japan.

 Time and Date: May 30th, Monday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  Place: Minato-ward, Chamber of Commerce, training room, 7 minutes from JR Hamamatsu cho station  
          Map
http://www.minato-shoukou.jp/access.html
  Fee: 1000 yen
  Contact:
     Tel/03-3454-1105  
info@rengo-news.com
 * Please make a reservation beforehand.

 

Save the Fukushima Children Syposium
   
  Hosted by Tanpoposya and Weekly Friday

 
Date: June 10, Friday, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Place: Zendentsu Hall

3-6, Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tel 03-3219-2211
(4 min from JR Ochanomizu St, 3min from Metro Ochanomizu or Awajicho or Ogawacho Stations)
 

Fee: 1000 yen


Capacity: 400 people (We need to close the hall when it is full.)

Speakers

Keiko Ochiai

Shin Sataka

Hisataka Yamazaki

Two mothers from Fukushima

   Contact: Weekly Friday 03-3221-8521 (9:30-17:30)

 

 

May 19, 2011

Press release for immediate release

 

Save the Fukushima Children!  20mSv for Children is nonsense!

http://blog.canpan.info/foejapan/archive/25

 

May 23 Demonstration against Ministry of Culture and Science and Meeting at Diet Members' House

Time and Place 13:00 in front of Ministry of Culture and Science

(3-2-2, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, near Toranomon St. or Kasumigaseki St.)

Map  http://www.mext.go.jp/new_map/index.htm

Fukushima mothers are now coming to Tokyo by chartered buses for this unprecedented situation!

Please join Fukushima mothers in front of Ministry of Culture and Science!


13:30 Request to Cultural Minister (under negotiation) & Demonstration outside the Ministry
 

15:30 to 16:30   Meeting at the Diet members' house

(at the Hall of House of Councilors' members' House)
    

16:30 to 17:00   Press conference

(at the Hall of House of Councilors' members' House)

 
 

No Nukes Plaza Tokyo (Japanese name: Tanpoposya)

Office address: 2-6-2  Dynamic Bldg 5F, Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0061 Japan

 

Tel:03-3238-9035 (Japanese only)
Fax:03-3238-0797


   

No Nukes Plaza Tokyo (Japanese name: Tanpoposya)

April 29th

For immediate release

 

 

Save the children in Fukushima

by Takashi Hirose (journalist)

 

 

We will have the following lecture on April 30th.

Time:April 30th Sat, 17:50?21:10
Place: Toshima Kokaido, in Tokyo, (3 minute from Ikebukuro Station East Exit)
Hosted by No Nukes Plaza Tokyo and Weekly Friday

Please also cooperate with the following.

Urgent Petition Against 20mSv Radiation Exposure onto Children in Fukushima
<http://blog.canpan.info/foejapan/daily/201104/24>


 

April 26th

 

For immediate release

We Tanpoposya endorse the following petition.  Please disseminate the petition as widely as possible.

 

Urgent Petition Against 20mSv Radiation Exposure onto Children in Fukushima
<http://blog.canpan.info/foejapan/daily/201104/24>

Urgent Petition Against 20 millisieverts per year (mSv/y) Radiation Exposure
onto Children in Fukushima

>Sign the petition

Preliminary deadline:
Tue. April 26, 2011 at 23:00 in Japanese time (UTC/GMT +9 hours)
Final deadline:
Sat. April 30, 2011 at 23:00 in Japanese time (UTC/GMT +9 hours)


We urgently demand the withdrawal of the Japanese Government's inhumane
decision to force 20 millisieverts per year (mSv/y) radiation exposure onto
children

On April 19th, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and
Technology (MEXT) notified the Board of Education and related institutions in
Fukushima Prefecture the level of 20 millisieverts per year (mSv/y) as a
Radiation Safety Standard for schools in Fukushima Prefecture. This is the
standard to be used for school grounds and buildings. The Government has
indicated that 20mSv/y is equivalent to 3.8microSv per hour measured outdoors.

3.8 micro Sv/h is roughly 6 times [the 0.6microSv/h] of "Radiation Controlled
Areas" (0.6 microSv/h or more). The Labour Standards Act prohibits those under
the age of 18 from working under these conditions. Forcing children to be
exposed to such radiation doses is an exceedingly inhumane decision. Therefore,
we condemn this in the strongest terms.

20 mSv/y is comparable to the [legally] recognized dose for inducing leukemia
in nuclear power plant workers. It is also comparable to the maximum dose
allowed for nuclear power plant workers in Germany.

In addition, this 20mSv standard [for Japanese children] does not take into
account the fact children have higher sensitivity to radiation than adults,
nor does it take into account any internal radiation exposure.

Currently, according to the radiation monitoring conducted at elementary and
middle schools within Fukushima Prefecture, more than 75% of these schools
have contamination levels comparable to "Radiation Controlled Areas" (0.6 micro
Sv/h or more). Further, roughly 20% of the schools fall within "Individual
Exposure Controlled Areas" (2.3 microSv/h or more) and are in an extremely
dangerous situation.

The level set by the Japanese Government at this time amounts to coercion of
this dangeroussituation upon children, and, can interfere with voluntary
measures by schools to minimize exposure.

MEXT states that 20mSv/y is based on the recommendation Pub.109 by the
International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) as well as on the
reference levels in the band of 1 to 20 mSv/y as "Post Emergency Situation"
Standards from the ICRP statement released on March 21st. The latter means
MEXT has adopted the maximum level.

As of March 21st, there has been no substantive information disclosure by the
Japanese Government on the decision-making process for establishing these
standards. Moreover, no explanation has been given concerning why the
Government has neither taken the sensitivity of children into consideration
nor internal radiation exposure into account. The contents of the consultation
held between MEXT and the Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC) are not disclosed,
and the situation remains extremely opaque.


We demand the Japanese government of the
following:

-       Retraction of the "20mSv/y" standard for children.

-       Disclosure of the names of experts, who deemed "20mSv/y" for children to
   be safe.


Note:
At the governmental negotiation held on April 21st, it became evident that the
Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC) concluded the 20mSv/y standard for children
as "Permissible" without undertaking any formal consultation. Moreover, on
April 22nd, the Commission reported to the office of Mizuho FUKUSHIMA, member
of the Japanese Diet, House of Councillors that no minutes (records) exist of
the 5 Nuclear Safety Commission members' deliberation leading to the 20mSv/year
standard.

References:
Expert comments cited from the articles on the establishment of the 20mSv/y
standard ("Fukushima-Katastrophe - Japan legt hohe Strahlengrenzwerte fur
Kinder fest" or "Japan's MEXT sets High Exposure Limits for Children"), Der
Spiegel, April 21st, 2011.(See comparison to German workers.)
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,758410,00.html

Edmund Lengfelder (Otto Hug Radiation Institute), "The cancer risk will visibly
rise in the future. By setting these standards, the government will steer
clear of any liability legally, however not morally."

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This petition is being organized by:
Green Action, Greenpeace Japan, Citizens' Nuclear Information Center, Citizens
Against Fukushima Aging Nuclear Power Plants (Fukuro-no-Kai), Osaka Citizens
Against the Mihama, Oi, and Takahama Nuclear Power Plants (Mihama-no-Kai),
Friends of the Earth Japan

For further inquiries, please contact:

Green Action
Suite 103, 22-75 Tanaka Sekiden-cho
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8203 Japan
Tel: +81-75-701-7223
info@greenaction-japan.org

Friends of the Earth Japan
3-30-8-1F Ikebukuro Toshima-ku Tokyo 171-0014, Japan
TEL: +81-3-6907-7217
finance@foejapan.org

[English translation of Japanese original: FoE Japan / Green Action]
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April 19, 2011

 

For immediate release

 

Citizens Calls for Saving the Children’s Health and Shutting Down Nuclear Reactors in Japan!!!

                                 

We, the No Nukes Plaza Tokyo (Tanpoposya) is an anti-nuke citizen’s organization based in Tokyo since 1989.  We have been pointing out the danger of nuclear accident to be caused by an earthquake since 1995 when Kobe earthquake took place. 

 

Now our fear came into reality and we are in great shock and sorrow.  Yet, even at this stage, many nuclear reactors are still operating in Japan, giving threat to many residents surrounding the areas.

   

Particularly dangerous are the three reactors in Hamaoka nuclear power plant situated on top of the predicted Great Tokai Earthquake in Shizuoka.  We call for the immediate shut down of Hamaoka nuke plants along with all the reactors in Japan.  In case another severe accident occurs, even more population would lose their places to live.  Due to surplus thermal plants in Japan, we can cover the electricity demand in Japan with a slight effort around the peak hours only.  We strongly demand the shut down of all the reactors in Japan immediately.

 

Moreover, our current top concern is the future health problem of Fukushima children.  Currently, the allowed maximum limit for Fukushima residents is 20 mSV/year even including children.  This is obviously too high and even in Chernobyl, the official limit was 5mSV/year for forced evacuation of the residents.  Accordingly, we strongly demand for the evacuation of residents, especially children living in the contaminated area.  

 

Children’s future is our future.  Please save the children in Fukushima!!!

 

We will also have the following activities in this coming weekend.  We will welcome wide coverage.  Thank you.

 

April 23th Saturday

2pm-4pm   Negotiation in front of TEPCO headquarters (Shimbashi, Tokyo)

 

April 24th Sunday

1pm -4 pm   Demonstration at Shiba Park (Minato-ward, Tokyo)

 

No Nukes Plaza Tokyo (Japanese name: Tanpoposya)

Office address: 2-6-2  Dynamic Bldg 5F, Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0061 Japan

Tel:03-3238-9035 (Japanese only)
Fax:03-3238-0797

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  March, 2011

Appeal for the “action in front of the TEPCO Headquarters

 
Let’s join the 10thprotest and appeal rally against the TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) Headquarters and the Japanese Government, as well as a live concert!rnAs for our schedule in the near future, we will protest in front of the TEPCO Headquarters on Friday, April 15, starting from 18:00.rnWe will also hold protest rallies in front of TEPCO on Saturday, April 23 from 14:00 (we will publicize our action in front of the steam locomotive located in JR Shimbashi Station from 13:00) and on Thursday, April 28 from 18:00.
Tokyo - AF
Directly in front of the TEPCO Headquarters (5 minutes’ walk from the SL Square Exit of JR Shimbashi Station, direction Yurakucho; or 2 minutes’ walk from the A5 exit of Uchisaiwaicho Station, Subway Mita Line. We will carry out the action even if it rains slightly)rnrnMap - http://www.tepco.co.jp/corporateinfo/company/annai/gaiyou/index-j.htmlrnrn
April 8th, 9th, 15th, 23rd and 28th - April 8, 18:00.  Saturday, April 9  14:00, appeal 16:00, April 15 from 18:00. Protest rallies in front of TEPCO on Saturday, April 23 from 14:00 and on Thursday, April 28 from 18:00.

Contact : Ryota Sono
Shinjuku Domannaka Demo
walking0624@gmail.com


More : (Appeal)rnSince the massive earthquakehit eastern Japan on March 11, numerous problems have been brought to light regarding the nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima. Protest actions in front of the TEPCO Headquarters began on March 18 with a group of a few participants. This number rose to more than 200 on March 27 and 30, and nearly 400 people gathered on April 3. I believe that you also have lots of messages to transmit to the Japanese Government or the TEPCO.rnNevertheless, neither the government nor big companies including TEPCO which have been promoting nuclear power plants have acknowledged their responsibility. It is quite abnormal that not a word has been uttered on the revision of nuclear policies by government officials or those in such companies. rnWe cannot be silent anymore! Let’s raise a cry of protest!

  

 

March 25, 2011

 

For immediate release

 

Citizens Demonstrations for Shutting Down Nuclear Reactors in Japan!!!

                                 

We, the Tanpoposya No Nuke Plaze Tokyo is an anti-nuke citizen’s organization based in Tokyo since 1989.  We have been pointing out the danger of nuclear accident to be caused by an earthquake since 1995 when Kobe earthquake took place.  Now our fear came into reality and we are in great shock and sorrow.  Yet, even at this stage, many nuclear reactors are still operating in Japan, giving threat to many residents surrounding the areas.

   

Now we urgently ask Electric Companies and the government of Japan to disclose more information to reduce further nuclear hazards and also to shut down other nuclear facilities in Japan.

 

For this purpose, we are going to have the following assemblies on March 25th and March 26th in Tokyo as follows.

 

”Weak Points of Nuclear Facilities” Talk by an nuclear engineer

March 25 (Friday) at 18:30 to 20:45

Place: Tanpoposya office

Lecturer: Taro Yamada (former Toshiba nuclear engineer)

 

March 26 (Saturday) at 14:00-17:00

Lecturer: Takashi Hirose (writer, journalist)  “Danger at Hamaoka Nuke Plant”

Atsushi Tsuchida (physicist) “Simultaneous Accidents at Fukushima”

Place: Zensuido Kaikan (3 minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station) 1-4-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 03-3816-4196

Fee: 1000 yen

 

March 27 (Sunday) at 14:00

Demonstration starting at Mizutanibashi Park in Ginza ending at Hibiya Park

Latest information is to be provided at Hibiya Park

 

Tanpoposya (English name: Tanpoposya No Nuke Plaza Tokyo)

Office address: 2-6-2  Dynamic Bldg 5F, Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0061 Japan

Tel:03-3238-9035 (Japanese only)
Fax:03-3238-0797

 


 

 

March 23, 2011

 

For immediate release

 

Citizens Demonstrations for Shutting Down Nuclear Reactors in Japan!!!

                                 

We, the Tanpoposya No Nuke Plaze Tokyo is an anti-nuke citizen’s organization based in Tokyo since 1989.  We have been pointing out the danger of nuclear accident to be caused by an earthquake since 1995 when Kobe earthquake took place.  Now our fear came into reality and we are in great shock and sorrow.  Yet, even at this stage, many nuclear reactors are still operating in Japan, giving threat to many residents surrounding the areas.

   

Now we urgently ask Electric Companies and the government of Japan to disclose more information to reduce further nuclear hazards and also to shut down other nuclear facilities in Japan.

 

For this purpose, we are going to have the following demonstration on March 23th and March 27th in Tokyo as follows.

 

March 23 (Wednesday) at 18:30 to 19:00
Proposal to Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA)

Place: In front of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Annex building

 

March 27 (Sunday) at 14:00

Demonstration starting at Mizutanibashi Park in Ginza ending at Hibiya Park

Latest information is to be provided at Hibiya Park

 

Tanpoposya (English name: Tanpoposya No Nuke Plaza Tokyo)

Office address: 2-6-2  Dynamic Bldg 5F, Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0061 Japan

 

Tel:03-3238-9035 (Japanese only)
Fax:03-3238-0797

 

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March 19, 2011

For immediate release

Citizens Call for Shutting Down All the Nuclear Reactors in Japan!!!

We, the Tanpoposya No Nuke Plaza Tokyo is an anti-nuke citizen’s organization based in Tokyo since 1989. We have been pointing out the danger of nuclear accident to be caused by an earthquake since 1995 when Kobe earthquake took place. Now our fear came into reality and we are in great shock and sorrow.

Yet, even at this stage, many nuclear reactors are still operating in Japan, giving threat to many residents surrounding the areas. Now we urgently ask Electric Companies and the government of Japan to disclose more information to mitigate the further nuclear hazards and also to shut down other nuclear facilities in Japan.

Also, we are going to have the following meetings on March 19th to March 21st in Tanpoposya Tokyo office as follows.

Date: March 19th (Sat), March 20th (Sun), March 21st (Mon)

Time: 14:00 – 16:30

Place: Tanpoposya No Nuke Plaza Tokyo office (see at the bottom)

Fee: 800 yen

Subjects 1. Analysis of the developing situations in Fukushima now and later

2. How to evacuate yourself and how to protect yourself from various radioactive materials Lecturers: Hisataka Yamazaki (Tanpoposya) Atsushi Tsuchida (Physicist) Dr. Masuro Sugai (Kokugakuin University) Kikue Bando (Tanpoposya) Makoto Yanagida (Tanpoposya)

 * There will be no interpreter.

Tanpoposya (English name: Tanpoposya No Nuke Plaza Tokyo)

Office address: 2-6-2 Dynamic Bldg 5F, Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0061 Japan http://www.tanpoposya.net/main/index.php?id=550

Tel:03-3238-9035 (Japanese only)

Fax:03-3238-0797

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March 17, 2011

For immediate release

Citizens Call for Shutting Down Nuclear Reactors in Japan!!!

We, the Tanpoposya No Nuke Plaze Tokyo is an anti-nuke citizen’s organization based in Tokyo since 1989. We have been pointing out the danger of nuclear accident to be caused by an earthquake since 1995 when Kobe earthquake took place. Now our fear came into reality and we are in great shock and sorrow. Yet, even at this stage, many nuclear reactors are still operating in Japan, giving threat to many residents surrounding the areas.

We urgently ask Electric Companies and the government of Japan to disclose more information to mitigate the further nuclear hazards and also to shut down other nuclear facilities in Japan. For this purpose, we are going to have the following synposium on March 18th in Tokyo as follows.

March 18 (Friday) at 18:30

Lecturers: Hideki Shimamura (seismologist) , Atsuchi Tsuchida (physicist)

Place: Tokyo Gakuin (one minute from JR Suidobashi station) 3-6-15 Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, 101-0061 Japan

TEL 03-3261-0017 FAX 03-3262-5976

Tanpoposya (English name: Tanpoposya No Nuke Plaza Tokyo)

Office address: 2-6-2 Dynamic Bldg 5F, Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0061 Japan

Tel:03-3238-9035 (Japanese only)

Fax:03-3238-0797

 



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