September 21st, 2011
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Koodankulam: Fukushima victims write to PM

koodankulamChennai: The anti-nuclear protest in Koodankulam by villagers is being watched keenly the world over, especially in Japan. More than 20 civil society organisations representing Japanese individuals and victims of Fukushima nuclear disaster have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa asking them to abandon the Indo-Russian joint venture.

Reminding the Indian government of the Fukushima disaster, which triggered massive destruction in Japan, the organisations have expressed solidarity with the Idinthakarai protestors and have called for scrapping of the project. “One mistake of this (Fukushima) kind is enough for the world,” noted the letter.

Reacting to Jayalalithaa’s letter to the protestors, Secretary General of Japan Occupational Safety and Health Resource Center, Sugio, wrote, “While the Chief Minister has acknowledged people’s protest and even extended support to it, she has failed to appreciate the fact that the protestors are calling for a cancellation of the project and not to have their fears allayed.” “Indeed, their fears can never be allayed. At least as long as Chernobyl remains a no-go area nearly three decades since the disaster and while the memories and stories of the unfolding disaster in Fukushima are fresh,” said Sugio to a national daily.

“Japan did not learn its lessons from Hiroshima and pursued peaceful use of nuclear energy. The result was Fukushima.” “It may seem like a waste of money to scrap a power plant that has been constructed.

But as Japanese, we know that the magnitude of human lives lost in the event of a nuclear disaster dwarfs the investments made in construction of an inanimate concrete structure.” On Monday, a meeting of 60,000 people was held in Tokyo against nuclear projects, where Koodankulam was also discussed, Sugio said.


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