Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations demonstrates against nuclear energy

Responding to the disaster that befell the Fukushima No. 1 (Daiichi) nuclear power plant, members of the Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations demonstrated their opposition to nuclear energy on April 13 in front of the headquarters of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.

About 40 A-bomb survivors living in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area, took part in the protest. They raised banners, one of which read “Decommission nuclear reactors,” and directed them toward TEPCO headquarters. Hidenori Yamamoto, 79, one of the leaders of the confederation, expressed forcefully: “Human beings cannot control the atom. We have no choice but to eliminate both nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants.”

Inside the headquarters, the group’s executive director, Mikiso Iwasa, 83, together with fellow members, submitted their written requests which call for systematically decommissioning the nation’s nuclear reactors, shifting to the use of natural sources of energy, and providing “thorough compensation” for the victims of the Fukushima accident.

Before the day’s demonstration, the A-bomb sufferers’ organization, which has been strengthening its efforts against nuclear power, had sent written requests to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and other ministers concerned calling for the government not to resume operations at nuclear plants currently offline, to drop plans to build new plants, and to stop exporting nuclear power plant technology overseas.

(Originally published on April 16, 2012)