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Fukushima Reconstruction Committee Issues Urgent Global Appeal


"If Fukushima doesn’t call for an end to nuclear energy, what will? The whole world is watching … we must clarify our position on nuclear power before we can embark on our plans for reconstruction."


-- Fukushima Prefecture Reconstruction Planning Committee




Translated By Violet Knight


June 17, 2011


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“If Fukushima doesn’t call for an end to nuclear energy, what will? The whole world is watching … we must clarify our position on nuclear power before we can embark on our plans for reconstruction,” the Reconstruction Planning Committee is reported to have strongly argued.


After the accident at Fukushima Daiichi reactor No. 1, a panel of experts was appointed by the Reconstruction Planning Committee to propose ideas for rebuilding Fukushima prefecture. The committee compiled a draft of fundamental principles and made their central tenet a nuclear opt-out. It is a declaration of intent that all 10 reactors in the prefecture should be scrapped, including Daiichi plant reactors 5 and 6 - and the Daini plant. Daiichi plant reactors 1-4 are already scheduled for decommissioning. The draft proposal appeals to Fukushima residents, all local governments with nuclear plants in their jurisdictions - and the world. In the event of a large-scale nuclear accident, the resulting radioactive contamination is not limited to any locality, but impacts nationally and globally as well.   



Some committee members suggested relaying their message to global society, saying, “We would like the governor to deliver our plan to the U.N. and the IAEA.” The committee will make its final recommendations at the end of July, and the prefecture is set to formulate a detailed reconstruction plan based on its proposals. However, Fukushima Prefecture Governor Yuhei Sato has declined to comment on the basic principles centered on the proposed denuclearization.


After the accident, Governor Sato expressed anger toward Tokyo Electric Power Company [TEPCO] and the federal government, saying that he was “filled with the feeling that we've been betrayed. The anger and anxiety of residents has reached a climax.” In April, he told visiting TEPCO CEO Masataka Shimuzu that he “couldn't conceive of reopening the Fukushima plant.” Yet it remains unclear whether he meant to include the Daini plant in addition to Daiichi reactors 5, 6. At press conferences, he simply says that he seeks “the earliest possible closure.” The inner thoughts of Governor Sato have yet to be revealed.



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At the Fukushima nuclear plants, TEPCO and associated companies employed 10,000 workers and supported the livelihoods of about 30,000 people, if one includes family members. The region has also relied on vast subsidies and tax revenue generated by the nuclear plant. However, far from contributing to the local community, this “nuclear cash” has been spent on roads to nowhere. The reality is that the maintenance costs for these public projects are squeezing the prefecture's finances. Although nuclear plants may have provided employment - it is employment that came at the expense of contaminated agricultural land and factories, the evacuation of 100,000 people, and suicides.


The fundamental principle of denuclearization must be sincerely considered, not just by Fukushima residents, but by the whole of Japan. A global debate about whether energy policies that rely on nuclear plants are appropriate is needed now. Japan has a responsibility to begin that discussion.



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