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72 JAPANESE CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS MAKE URGENT REQUEST FOR UN INTERVENTION

02 May 2012

MEMO FOR THE RECORD

FROM: 72 GRAVELY CONCERNED CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS    ——-    30 APR 2012

SUBJECT:  URGENT REQUEST TO the  UNITED NATIONS(UN) 

TO: UN SECRETARY GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON

THIS IS AN URGENT REQUEST FOR UN INTERVENTION to Stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi no.1-Unit 4 Spent Nuclear Fuel Pool.  Nuclear experts from the USA and Japan such as: Arnie Gundersen, Robert Alvarez, Hiroaki Koide, Masashi Goto, and Mitsuhei Murata, a former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, and, Akio Matsumura, a former UN diplomat, have steadily warned against the high risk of the Fukushima Daiichi  No. 1-Unit 4, Spent nuclear Fuel Pool.  Recently, former diplomats and experts both in Japan and abroad (HAVE)stressed the extremely risky condition of the Fukushima Daiichi no.1-Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool.  Although not in Japan, deep concern is being widely reported by world media.

WE 72 JAPANESE CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST CONCERN that our government does not inform its citizens about the extent of risk of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool (FAILURE TO INFORM THE PUBLIC). Given the fact that collapse of this Spent Nuclear Fuel Pool could potentially lead to catastrophic consequences with global implications.  The Japanese Central Government, as a responsible member of the international community, should be doing all it can to avoid an even greater disaster by mobilizing all the wisdom, and the means available, in order to stabilize this spent nuclear fuel pool.

DAIICHI NO. 1 SPENT FUEL POOLS ARE A GLOBAL CONCERN It is clearly evident that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool (sitting precariously atop Unit no. 4) is no longer just a Japanese issue, but a global concern with potentially serious consequences; Therefore, it is imperative for the Japanese Central government, and the international community, to work together on this crisis before it becomes too late. FURTHER: We are appealing to the UN to help Japan, and the planet in order to prevent the irreversible consequences of a catastrophe that could affect generations to come. We herewith make our urgent request to you as follows:

1. The UN should organize a “Nuclear Security Summit” to take up the crucial problem of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool full of deadly Transuranics.

2. The UN should establish an independent assessment team on Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4, and coordinate international assistance, in order to stabilize the unit’s spent nuclear fuel, and prevent radiological consequences with potentially catastrophic consequences.

SIGNED BY:

Shut Tomari (Japan)
1-2, 6-4 Higashisapporo, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo 003-0006 Japan
TEL: +81-90-26951937 FAX:+81-11-826-3796 email: kaori-izumi@ta3.so-net.ne.jp

Green Action (Japan)
Suite 103, 22-75 Tanaka Sekiden-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8203 Japan
Tel: +81-75-701-7223 Fax: +81-75-702-1952 email: info@greenaction-japan.org

Endorsed by:
1. Hiroaki Koide Kyoto University Nuclear Reactor Research Institute (Japan)
2. Mitsuhei Murata Former ambassador to Switzerland and to Senegal
Board member, Global System and Ethics Society (Japan)
3. Akio Matsumura Former United Nations diplomat
4. Robert Alvarez Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C. (USA)

5. Masashi Goto Former Nuclear Plant Engineer (Japan)

ATTACHED FIND A LIST OF 72 JAPANESE ORGANIZATIONS THAT SIGNED THE PETITION(as of 30 April 2012).
1. Shut Tomari, Hokkaido
2. Green Action, Kyoto
3. Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center, Tokyo

4. Osaka Group against MihamaOoiTakahama Nuclear Power, Osaka
5. Aging Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Group, Tokyo
6. Stop Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant!, Shizuoka
7. Espace des Femmes, Hokkaido
8. “Let’s learn Pluthermal” Shiribeshi Citizen’s Network, Hokkaido
9. Hairo Action Fukushima, Fukushima and Evacuation Areas in Japan
10. STOP MOX! Fukushima, Fukusima
11. Fukushima Moonlight, Fukuoka
12. Yawatahama Women’s Group to Protect Children from Nuclear Power Plant, Ehime
13. Ikata People Against Mox, Ehime
14. We Do Not Want Plutonium! , Tokyo
15. Genkai Nuclear Power Pluthermal Trial Support Group, Fukuoka
16. Genkai Nuclear Power Pluthermal Trial support Group, Fukuona
17. Pluthermal and 100 Years of Saga Prefecture Group, Saga
18. No Nuclear Plants! Yamaguchi Network, Yamaguchi
19. Food Policy CenterVision21
20. Genpatsu Yamenkai, Fukuoka
21. Japan Environmental Law Lawyers Association JELF22. Nonviolent Direct Action Network (HANET)
23. Anti-Nuclear-Power and Nuclear Fuels Reprocessing Protest Advertising Group, Tokyo
24. Kochi Green Citizen’s Network, Kochi
25. Kaku-no-Gomi Campaign, Chubu, Nagoya, Aichi
26. Aloha from Hawaii
27. Tohoku Asia Information Center, Hiroshima
28. No-Nukes Citizen’s Network, Tokushima
29. No-nukes Net Kushiro, Hokkaido
30. Fukushima Meeting for Environment, Human Rights and Peace, Fukushima
31. FoE (Friends of the Earth Japan), Tokyo
32. Citizen’s Group on Nuclear Waste, Horonobe, Hokkaido
33. Team From Now On, Hokkaido
34. No Nukes! Protect Children from Radioactivity
35. Concerned Citizens for Children’s Human Rights, Ehime
36. Protect the Sea of Sanriku from Radioactivity, Iwate
37. Iwate Organic Farming Study Group, Iwate
38. Dandelion House, Tokyo
39. Decommission All Nuclear Power! Women’s Group for Protection of Kariwa Village,       Niigata
40. Sapporo Shoku Machi Network, Hokkaido
41. Citizens Wind for Peace, Tokyo
42. Together with the Earth NPO, Osaka
43. Kawauchi Tsuyukusa Group, Kagoshima
44. Group against Construction of Kawaunchi Nuclear Plant, Kagoshima
45. Hassei Group against Ikata Nuclear Plant, Ehime
46. For Citizen’s Autonomy, Hokkaido
47. No-Nukes Women GroupHokkaido, Hokkaido
48. Hokkaido Peace Net, Hokkaido
49. Future for Fukushima Children, Hokkaido
50. Good Bye Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power Project, Niigata
51. Weaving A Better Future Mothers’ Group
52. Group Aozora MeeMee
53. Mothers and Fathers’No-Nukes Declaration 2011
54. Southern Osaka Network for Protection from Radioactivity, Osaka
55. Kansai Network on Protection of Children from Radioactivity, Kansai
56. Journey To the Future
57. Morinokoya
58. Kaburaya
59. Nishiyashiki
60. Dandelion Fortress, Fukuoka
61. Dohatsuten Wo Tsuku Kai, Fukuoka
62. Global Ethics Association
63. Buppouzan Zenngennji
64. STOP Nuclear Plants BEFORE Huge Quake Strikes65. Lee Group to Prevent Earthquake Disaster and Nuclear Accident
66. Rokkasho Village Home of Flowers and Herbs, Aomori
67. Anti-TEPCO-Nuclear-Power Consumers Group, Tokyo
68. Miyazu Mitsubati Project, Kyoto
69. Citizen’s Plaza, Minoh , Osaka
70. Monoh Citizen’s Group on Good Bye Nuclear Power, Osaka
71. Campaign Fukuoka against Nuclear and Uranium Weapons, Fukuoka
72. Seeking for Japan-US Security Treaty Termination Notice, Tokyo

ROBERT ALVAREZ, SENIOR SCHOLAR at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), who is one of the best-known experts on spent nuclear fuel, warned that in Unit 4, there is a spent nuclear fuel pool which contains Cesium-137 (Cs-137) equivalent to 10 times the amount that was released at the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident; Thus, if an earthquake, or other event were to cause this pool to drain, this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident; FURTHER nearly all of the 10,893 spent fuel assemblies at the Fukushima Daiichi plant sit in cooling pools vulnerable to future earthquakes, with roughly 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than released at Chernobyl.

USA SENATOR ROY WYDEN (D-Ore.), after his visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 6 Apr 2012, issued a press release on 16 April 2012, pointing out the catastrophic risk of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4, calling for urgent US government intervention. Sen. Wyden also sent a letter to Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan’s Ambassador to the United States, requesting Japan to accept international assistance to tackle the crisis. (NOW USA HAS TO BEG JAPAN TO ACCEPT FOREIGN HELP?)

OUR COMMENT:  ON THE ONE HAND, WE ARE PLEASED TO SEE ACTION TAKEN BY SO MANY RESPONSIBLE JAPANESE GROUPS,  But…WHAT WILL IT TAKE? To get the Japanese Central government to say “NO” to the Nuclear Cartel, and the IAEA global financial interests ?.  In plain language, what will it take to get them off their ass? , and recognize that their laissez-faire attitude will not help Japan(or the world) in its hour of need.  Indeed, Japan’s “Hour of need” is here already, and the “big hush” is still on.  Is this inscrutable Japanese philosophy, or money driven madness?  They stand to loose EVERYTHING in just a few years(if that much).  Just listen to this…

NUCLEAR PLANT EXPERT ARNIE GUNDERSEN recently reported having taken several random samples of soil in, and around Tokyo.  He sent these to an independent lab which reported: “This is nuclear waste”, and we will need to send it to Texas for disposal”.  Yes I know, it is a relatively small amount of contaminated Tokyo soil, but truth be told, we do not want their nuclear turds in Texas either (NIMBY).  JAPAN’S HOUR OF NEED IS HERE !  DENIAL OF THE PROBLEM WONT HELP.  May our creator help them, and us, if  the Fukushima spent fuel pool should topple over.  If that should happen, Japanese citizens will no longer be welcome members of the global community anywhere.  Who would want them, or have compassion  for them?  Not me!  Japan would in my opinion, become a radioactive leper colony.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

Thanks to:  http://fukushima.greenaction-japan.org/2012/05/01/an-urgent-request-on-un-intervention-to-stabilize-the-fukushima-unit-4-spent-nuclear-fuel/

P.S. We have taken some literary license to clarify the concerns/issues.

 

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