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Between the 9th and 15th of March 2013 a delegation from Japan will tour Australia to share first hand accounts and experiences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster that occurred following the Tsunami that devastated East Japan on March 11, 2011. Today, families continue to deal with the stress, upheaval and break down as over 150, 000 people have been forced to leave their homes, communities and businesses.
The tour will commemorate two years since the disaster occurred with public meetings and events in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Darwin. The delegation will also visit the town of Jabiru within the bounds of Kakadu National Park to view the Ranger Uranium mine.
The delegation includes:
HASEGAWA KENICHI (JPN): Mr Hasegawa is the leader of Maeda District in Iitate Village, which has been totally evacuated following the nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011. Mr Hasegawa is also a veteran dairy farmer, and Chair of the Fukushima Prefecture Dairy Farmers Union. Yet as his milk cannot be sold since the disaster, he was forced to first pump and dispose of the milk, and then give up the cows which had formed his livelihood until then. After the population of Iitate was evacuated Mr Hasegawa remained in the village looking after what was left, and recording the situation with photographs and video to give testimony about the reality of the Fukushima disaster. He is now living in temporary housing in Date City, Fukushima Prefecture.See Mr Hasegawa’s story here: http://vimeo.com/37987872
AKIRA KAWASAKI (JPN): Akira Kawasaki is an Executive Committee member of the Tokyo-based NGO Peace Boat, and a Co-Chair of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). In 2009-2010, he served as an NGO Advisor to Co-Chairs of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND). After the 11 March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, he initiated Peace Boat’s activities to help children of Fukushima and was Conference Director of the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World in January 2012, which was attended by more than 11,500 people from 30 countries. He lectures at Keisen University, Tokyo, and frequently writes in Japanese newspapers and journals on nuclear issues.
TOMOHIRO MATSUOKA (AUS): Accompanying the tour from within Australia is Mr Tomohiro Matsuoka, from the Melbourne based organization, Japanese for Peace. By profession, he is an investment analyst specializing in socially responsible investment. Working for an ethical bank in Europe, he investigates publicly listed companies for their involvement in controversial business activities, such as, military contracting, human rights violation and nuclear power.
Fukushima links Japan and Australia in many ways. Australian uranium fuelled the doomed Fukushima reactors and radioactive fallout from the March 11 disaster reached the Top End of Australia (in very small quantities). Australian non-governmental organisations have been actively involved in supporting victims of the disaster.
A wide group of organisations within Australia have organised the tour to understand the full risks and consequences of Australia’s uranium exports.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Cat Beaton on (+61) 08 8981 1981 or 0434 257 359.
The delegation (above) will be presenting at all the following Australian public events.
SATURDAY MARCH 9th, 2013
WHAT: Picnic & Talk
WHERE: Village Green at CERES Community Environment Park, Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East
TIME: 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Bring a picnic lunch (or grab something at CERES), a rug/chair, and come and hear about the current situation for those affected by the catastrophic events two years ago.
If you think you may come, please email email@example.com to give us an idea of numbers. There will also be an optional tour of Ceres afterwards at 2.30pm.
Organised by Japanese for Peace. Free event.
WHAT: Dinner, Talk and Presentation
WHERE: La Notte, 140 Lygon St Carlton.
TIME: 6:30 pm onwards
Organised by Medical Association for Prevention of War. RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org (Carole). Cost $30 (please book soon and bring cash on the night).
SUNDAY MARCH 10th, 2013
WHAT: Remembering Fukushima- 2 years on concert and talk.
WHERE: NSW Teachers Federation Auditorium, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills.
TIME: 5pm – 7pm
Supported by: ３１１Help Japan, Beyond Nuclear Initiative, CFMEU (NSW), NSW Teacher’s Federation, NTEU (NSW), Unions NSW, Uranium free NSW. Entrance fee: $10 suggested donation for adults/waged
- Mark Lennon, Unions NSW Secretary
- Peter Watts, Australian Nuclear Free Alliance co-chair (SA).
- Natalie Pa’apa’a (of Blue King Brown) Acoustic
- Gagaku music and Taiko drumming / Soran dance.
Author’s talk and photo exhibition
Mr Hasegawa will also be speaking in depth about his experience in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster on Monday March 11, 3:30pm at Kinokuniya Book Store (Level 2, The Galeries/500 George St Sydney). He will be presenting his book and photographic exhibition, which chronicle life in the Fukushima region since the disaster began.
The Sydney commemoration event is supported by: 311 Help Japan; Australian Nuclear Free Alliance; Beyond Nuclear Initiative; CFMEU (NSW); Medical Association for Prevention of War; NSW Teacher’s Federation; NTEU (NSW); Peace Boat; Unions NSW and; Uranium Free NSW.
TUESDAY MARCH 12, 2013:
WHAT: Public Forum
WHERE: Brisbane Parliament House
Organised by: Friends of the Earth Brisbane, Queensland Nuclear Free Alliance and others. Free event
WED MARCH 13, 2013
WHAT: Fukushima Public Meeting
WHERE: Australian National University
TIME: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Organised by CRANC, Canberra Region Anti Nuclear Collective
THURSDAY MARCH 14, 2013
WHAT: DARWIN – FUKUSHIMA PUBLIC MEETING
WHERE: Mal Nairn Auditorium, Charles Darwin University – Casuarina.
TIME: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Organised by: The Environment Centre NT. Free event.
- Andrew Campbell, Director, Research Institute for the Environment & Livelihoods
- Michael Haire, NT Organiser, Electrical Trades unions
- Donna Jackson, Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, Larrakia activist
- Australian Conservation Foundation
- Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
- Beyond Nuclear Initiative
- Canberra Region Anti Nuclear Collective
- CFMEU – Construction and genera;NSW Branch
Electrical Trades Union – NT/QLD branch
- Environment Centre NT
- Friends of the Earth
- Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation
- Medical Association for Prevention of War,
- Help Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief
- International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
- Japanese for Peace
- National Tertiary Education Industry Union
- Peace Boat
- Public Health Association of Australia,
- Uranium Free New South Wales
HELP SUPPORT STUDENTS FROM FUKUSHIMA
Help support 12 young students from Fukushima’s Minamisoma, a city devastated by the tsunami and nuclear disaster, visit Australia this March! Organised by Japan-based NGO Peace Boat.
Twelve high school students, Fukushima Youth Ambassadors from across the region affected by the earthquake and tsunami will visit Australia from 23 March – 1 April
Organised by Peace Boat, Japanese for Peace and other organisations, we hope to provide fresh air, fun and clean food to give relief from the radioactive environment these students live in, to boost their immune systems.
We want the children to never forget their experience in Australia or the friends they meet here.
Donations – even of small amounts – are needed to help to cover the children’s stay. Learn how to contribute here:
Peace Boat: http://bit.ly/FukushimaAustralia
Japanese for Peace: http://jfp.org.au/