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2012年 10月 26日

Direct Democracy Struggles to Make Headway

Direct Democracy Struggles to Make Headway(SNA News, October 15, 2012)

...The only other major referendum effort underway at present is in Niigata Prefecture where the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant is located. It is one of the largest nuclear power facilities in the world which, at full operations, can generate a total of 8.21 gigawatts of output, or enough to serve the energy needs of about 2.7 million households. At present, however, all the reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa are idle.

Keiko Hashimoto, a joint representative for the citizen group organizing the petition drive in Niigata Prefecture, questions the whole process of how the Shizuoka Prefectural Assembly handled the petition. “The Assembly made its move with a negative approach from the start,” she tells the SNA, “and so the referendum was always likely to be denied.”

In Niigata Prefecture, however, there is some history of popular voting against nuclear power plant construction. Indeed, in the 1990s and early 2000s a citizens’ movement forced the Tohoku Electric Power Company to withdraw its plans to construct a nuclear plant in the town of Maki (now called Nishikan-ku in an expanded Niigata City).

Still, Ms. Hashimoto realizes that the circumstances of the struggle of Maki Town and the much larger issue of a referendum on the extant Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant are rather different. In those days, for example, the citizens’ movement in Maki had time to elect a new mayor and new assembly members who were opposed to the construction plan.

At any rate, Ms. Hashimoto’s group has already collected more than 67,000 signatures, enough to ask the governor to seek legislation for a popular referendum.

They plan to submit the petition soon and expect the deliberations of the Niigata Prefectural Assembly to begin early next year.


(posted by Ben 10people10color)

by nonukes_niigata | 2012-10-26 21:34 | English
2012年 07月 30日

8.11 THINK nukes Festa & SOUND PARADE @Niigata-shi

8.11 THINK nukes Festa & SOUND PARADE @Niigata-shi_d0235522_2059520.jpg☆THINK nukes Festa

Date/Time : Aug.11(Sat) 12:00-18:00
Place : Bandai city bus-center 2nd floor square (Niigata-shi)
*No entrance fee charged

......Talk, live performance, free market, and more


☆No nukes SOUND PARADE

Date/Time : Aug.11(Sat) 12:30- gathering, 13:30-15:00 parade
Meeting place : Yasuragi Bank(East side), Shinao River
*A few minutes' walk from Billboard Place, Niigata-shi

......No nuke parade with sound car!

(posted by Ben 10people10color)

by nonukes_niigata | 2012-07-30 21:01 | English
2012年 07月 30日

Anti-nuclear rally surrounds Japan parliament

Anti-nuclear rally surrounds Japan parliament(ALJAZEERA, July 29)

Anti-nuclear rally surrounds Japan parliament  _d0235522_20404780.jpgThousands of people formed "a human chain" around Japan's parliament complex to demand the government abandon nuclear power after last year's Fukushima crisis.

Sunday's protest in Tokyo was the latest in a series of peaceful demonstrations, including weekly Friday evening protests outside the residence of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

Demonstrators, many wearing gas masks and beating on big, yellow oil-drum drums, filled the streets heading to the prime minister's office and the parliament building, chanting "No to restart! No to nuclear power!" as they held up banners with anti-nuclear slogans.

"After the Fukushima disaster, I thought that the government and vested interests were telling us lies about nuclear power being safe," said Miho Igarashi, 46, an architect from Ibaraki prefecture south of Fukushima...


(posted by Ben 10people10color)

by nonukes_niigata | 2012-07-30 20:41 | English
2012年 06月 26日

7.8 No nuke protest rally in Niigata city

No nukes rally will be held in Niigata city on July 8th, 2012.

Date: July 8th(Sun), 2012
Time:
11:30~ Workshops and stalls
13:00~ Gathering
14:30~ No nuke protest rally

Place: Niigata Prefectural Sports Park, South Area (next to World Cup stadium)

(posted by Ben 10people10color)

by nonukes_niigata | 2012-06-26 20:51 | English
2012年 03月 20日

3.25 No nukes protest rally in Niigata city

It is March 26th when TEPCO(Tokyo Electric Power Company) will stop No.6 reactor of Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant for periodic inspection.
This is the second nuclear plant to the last in Japan.
(I suppose it is completely up to citizens (citizens' voice) to decide if Japan will restart nuke plants or not. Citizens without a doubt must say NO against nukes and restart.)
Niigata citizens celebrate March 26th, and will have a protest rally against nukes and restart, on March 25th, one day before the very day.

Date/Time : March 25(Sun)
13:00~ Meeting at Yasuragi Bank of Shinano River (1 minute walk from Billboard Place in Bandai, Chuo-ku)
13:30~ Protest walk (Yasuragi Bank~Niigata Station~Bandai city~Yasuragi Bank)
15:00~18:00 Live performance (mainly music)

*There will be another protest walk in Nagaoka on March 24th.

(posted by Ben 10people10color)

by nonukes_niigata | 2012-03-20 20:45 | English
2012年 03月 11日

367 (English)

I came from Niigata-city.
First of all, I would like to condole on victims of Tohoku earthquake.

Following is my opinion on Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, company which caused Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.

It is 367th day since 3.11, including leap day. Everything happened was so shocking that I do not feel like one year has passed since then. Everything I experienced is still so clear in my mind. They do not seem to fade away at all. They are not long ago experiences.

Fukushima nuclear disaster has been threatening our lives and the environment since 3.11. A great amount of radioactivity has been diffused in the air, and in the ocean, beyond borders. Such radioactivity, without a doubt, will affect our lives and the environment for a long time. I must say, not only Fukushima people but also people all over the world have right to protest against TEPCO, against Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. And I must add ancestry and posterity on the protesters’ list because this protest has so much to do with “strings of life”. Moreover, the environment must be added to the list, too, since it is the environment that makes our lives possible and sustainable. Therefore, TEPCO in this context must hear voices from the world and resolve the disaster absolutely earnestly.

Now there are about 7,000 evacuees in Niigata. It seems most of them are mothers and children. Imagine how they are feeling now. It is just too hard to imagine because they are people who lost home, hometown, and even family separated, for completely unwilling reason. And I suppose there are still some other people who cannot evacuate at this moment even though they want to evacuate as soon as possible. Radioactivity is really harmful. What is happening now is so tragic and extremely sad.
TEPCO must fully compensate all victims no matter how big or small their damage is. Compensation here does not mean only amount of money, which victims had to spend when evacuating. However, it must literally mean all living expenses during the period of evacuation and everything. TEPCO must not pay bonuses and retirement money to employees. It is completely against sense of citizens. From citizens’ point of view, it is too hard to understand why managers of this company have not been arrested yet. Isn’t Fukushima nuclear catastrophe the worst case threatening the Constitution of Japan, as article 25 says, “All people shall have the right to maintain the minimum standards of wholesome and cultured living. In all spheres of life, the State shall use its endeavors for the promotion and extension of social welfare and security, and of public health.”
Again, TEPCO must fully compensate all victims, and all losses of reconstructive opportunities. I must say, citizens think TEPCO should never get back to regular business before 3.11.

What did TEPCO learn from Chuetsu offshore earthquake, which hit Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata in July 2007? What measure did TEPCO take after the experience of Chuetsu offshore earthquake? I must say, it is highly conceivable that TEPCO’s preference for profit over safety caused Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.
TEPCO has announced that they would stop No 6 reactor of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata on March 26th for periodic inspection. What citizens want is to stop the plant right away. Restart of the plant is a complete nonsense, such plan itself is just fooling citizens. TEPCO must face the reality and close all nuclear plants.
In Niigata, neither prefecture nor surrounding cities have made position clear so far over restart issue of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant. Let me tell TEPCO that citizens never allow restart of the plant. Citizens are really angry with Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. Citizens are really angry with insufficient actions taken by TEPCO.
What TEPCO should do now is not to make profit but to settle Fukushima nuclear catastrophe as soon as possible. Needless to say, TEPCO must take care of plant workers’ safety in this context. TEPCO must regret what they had done. TEPCO must resolve all impact of Fukushima nuclear catastrophe on us and the environment, absolutely earnestly, from citizens’ point of view.

Nevertheless, TEPCO will not wipe out citizens’ distrust in the future. Citizens demand TEPCO should reconstruct Fukushima but TEPCO themselves.

For mentioned reasons, I strongly protest against Tokyo Electric Power Company.

Aphex Twin - Girl / Boy Song(4:53)

(posted by Ben 10people10color)

by nonukes_niigata | 2012-03-11 12:05 | English
2012年 02月 22日

IWJ's ustream video from Fukushima Daiichi

IWJ\'s ustream video from Fukushima Daiichi_d0235522_21173877.jpgYasumi Iwakami, a freelance journalist, yesterday ustreamed uncut video taken on February 20 at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, as TEPCO opened the plant to journalists for reporting purpose. It was the second time that TEPCO opened the plant to journalists since 3.11 catastrophe, and some freelance journalists like Yasumi of Independent Web Journal were allowed to enter this time(it took about a year though!). Yasumi Iwakami and his IWJ staffs, including so called "(voluntarily) reporting citizens", have been ustreaming controversial interviews, conferences and others that mass media do not tend to report, probably due to money and power problem, like one obviously over Fukushima.
Although video consists of 2 parts, approximately 5 hour long, I must say it is absolutely worth watching. Video does tell us to what fear we are facing. Also it brings us implication that we can not continue having nuclear plants in this country, and on this planet.

Yasumi Iwakami's report from Fukushima Daiichi part 1 (2:59:45)
Yasumi Iwakami's report from Fukushima Daiichi part 2 (2:09:03)

(posted by Ben 10people10color)

by nonukes_niigata | 2012-02-22 21:31 | English
2012年 01月 28日

A shameful message for Davos Meeting by PM Noda

2012年ダボス会議サイドイベント「ジャパン・ナイト」野田総理ビデオメッセージ

A shameful message for Davos Meeting by PM Noda_d0235522_23422919.jpgGo to the link above to hear the mess/age made by Japanese PM Noda for Davos Meeting.

It goes like this...

"With regard to the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company as well, the reactors unfortunately have NOT reached a state of cold shutdown at all..."

Oops! Have I made a mistake? Or what?
Well, I have got to say this kind of "mistake" is absolutely nothing if compared to the crimes they have committed to citizens!

By the way it seems I cannot watch the Michael Moore video of "sleep now in fire" in YouTube any longer...sad...

(posted by Ben 10people10color)

by nonukes_niigata | 2012-01-28 23:44 | English
2011年 11月 22日

12.11 No nukes rally in Niigata city

According to the previous info, no nukes rally will be held from 13:00 of Sunday, December 11th, in Niigata city.

Interested? Feeling nukes are NOT needed? Join this peaceful no nukes rally then! And it would be even greater if you could bring some of your friends to the parade!
It is NOW when we have to/need to declaim against nuclear-related absolutely crazy establishment!
Nonsense over nuclear plant is enough! Enough is enough!

The gathering place will be Ishimiya-Koen Park, which is only 1 minute walk from Bandai Exit of JR Niigata Station.

12.11 No nukes rally in Niigata city_d0235522_21173635.jpgI will put further info if available. Come visit this blog from time to time for no nukes action schedule in Nigata pref.

Action info/opinions/others are always welcome. Send us email to nonukesniigata(a)gmail.com. *change (a) to @

(posted by Ben 10people10color)

by nonukes_niigata | 2011-11-22 21:22 | English