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lively discussion till later

Our 2nd session for the Let’s Talk program was held on December 3rd, Saturday at the Information Center in Sapporo L-plaza. Dr. Yugo Ono, Professor Emeritus of Hokkaido Univ. started his lecture on Tomari Nuclear Power Plant, which is only 60 km from Sapporo, a similar distance from Fukushima No.1 Plant to Fukushima City where some highly polluted areas were found. Dr. Ono clearly pointed out the possible dangers and he mentioned about the lawsuit to stop the Tomari Plants.  His points of view were not only from  expert knowledge but from his long experience in many other fields.

That day we had four people who were evacuated from Fukushima to Sapporo as guest speakers in the latter part. Mr. Watanabe, Web design office owner pointed out from March till June nothing had been done to reduce radioactive exposures to children and that this was much worse than the case at Chernobyl.  Ms. Shishido started a community organization for people from Fukushima living in Atsubetsu-ku, Sapporo. There were different types of problems almost everyday there. On the 2nd of December, she spoke up about the reality and difficulty  at the Lower House in Tokyo. She, though, is sometimes called a betrayer in Fukushima. Mr. Ueno engaged in measuring radiation of the soil and vegetables in Fukushima and told us how polluted the vegetables are in the area. He mentioned that there will be a measuring machine ordered in Sapporo, and he will be happy to use his knowledge.  Ms. Ohnuki is trying to set up a NPO to send safe vegetables to people in Fukushima.

     

After their short speeches, we had a discussion and it went on and on until finally finishing at 5:30pm, one and a half hours longer than it was expected. The non-Japanese participants were so eager to speak up, share  their opinions, and ask questions. They really got interested in the matter.  Everyone said it is critical that we spread the news to the world in many different ways. Some will use Twitter or Facebook, some will tell their community, and others will start talking to friends. Whatever the way, it is necessary to be aware of the problems of Fukushima and try to raise our voices so that the children don’t get sick as they did in Chernobyl.

‘Neighbors’ was asked to keep having meetings like this from everyone attending, and we think we will have another meeting both for Non-Japanese and Japanese in the near future. We can do it and we will do it.

We are  grateful to the participants and volunteers who joined these two programs. And especially we are thankful for subsidy which Sapporo International Plaza offered.

12/3(土)、札幌エルプラザ情報センターで、2回目のLet’s talk が開かれた。最初は北大名誉教授の小野有五先生による「泊原発」のお話。札幌は泊原発から60km。これは福島市や郡山市からの距離と同じで、ホットスポットなども出ている現在、危険な場所であること。自らが共同代表として「泊原発の廃炉をめざす会」(tomari.sakura.ne.jp/)で行っている訴訟の件についてのお話があった。自分たちの近くにある原発の事実(特にプルサーマルの怖さ)に、外国の人たちは驚き、行動を開始しようと話していた。

第2部には福島からの避難者4名に来てもらった。宍戸さんは厚別区の団地で福島県出身者を中心に自治会を立ち上げたお母さんで、国会にも召喚され、有名になった。しかし、地縁社会で保守的な福島の人たちの一部からは、裏切者と呼ばれることもあるという。渡辺さんは3月から6月までに国、県、自治体などが子どもたちの被ばく線量を少なくするための努力をしてこなかった事実をあげ、チェルノブイリのケースよりも悪い未来があるかもと警告した。上野さんは福島市の民間放射能測定所で野菜や土壌の放射線量を測定してきた経験(かなり高い線量もあった)を活かし、札幌でも機械を購入し役に立ちたいと述べられた。大貫さんはティーンエイジャーの娘さんを持つママだが、NPOを設立し、福島に野菜を届けたいと考えている。仲間もいるので、前向きに実現すると意欲的だった。

この後、討論に入ったが、最終的には1時間半もオーバーした。それだけ刺激を受け、質問したい、応援したい、話したいという人たちが外国人出席者にはおり、刺激を受けて、日本人の人たちの発言も活発だった。学んだことを家族や友人に伝える、各国のコミュニティで話す、フェイスブックやツイッターなどで流すなど、積極的に発信していくことでは全員が一致。福島の問題について声を上げることで、子どもたちがチェルノブイリのように病気にならないようにしようということも確認した。

「ネイバーズ」にできれば勉強会を続けてほしいとの意見が多数あり、実現に向けてがんばろうと思う。参加者の皆さん、お手伝いの方、ありがとう!

この勉強会の開催を助成してくださった「札幌国際プラザ」にもお礼を述べたい。

Written by asianneighbors

December 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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