Dear PM Modi, don’t buy Japanese nuclear power: Fukushima women against nukes

Dear PM Modi, don’t buy Japanese nuclear power: Fukushima women against nukes

“We would like to invite you to visit Fukushima and see its condition firsthand,” the letter said.
The News Minute, November 8, 2016 – 08:53

Ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, where he is expected to sign a Nuclear agreement, women affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster have written a letter to the Indian Prime Minister.

This comes even as reports suggested that negotiations on a final text of the proposed Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement between India and Japan have made “significant headway”.

Modi will be in Japan for two days, November 11 and 12.

Read the full text of the letter here:

To the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

We are women living in Fukushima prefecture, where a massive accident unparalleled in history occurred on March 11, 2011, at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

As a result of this accident our lives changed dramatically. Among us, there are those who lost their homes, those who lost their jobs, those who lost their hometowns and friends, those who lost their future, those who lost their joy in life, and those who lost their very lives. All of this was taken by the nuclear accident.

Even now, some five and a half years after this accident, the accident is still unresolved. We live surrounded by radioactive debris which emanated from the reactor. Even as our government pushes us to return to our homelands, many people think of their children’s health, and they feel that they cannot return to their original homes. At the current stage, in Fukushima prefecture alone, some 174 children have been found to have contracted thyroid cancer. We are deeply worried about the wide-ranging health hazards that will appear in the years to come.

Presently court proceedings to determine legal responsibility for the nuclear accident itself have not yet been opened, and the accident’s cause, the question of human error, the question of whether the accident was handled appropriately, have not yet been clarified. Now, the problem of restarting nuclear power plants across Japan has surfaced, and battles are being fought through the courts to keep these plants from restarting. As with Takahama Nuclear Power Station, some nuclear plants’ operation has been suspended.

Under these circumstances, the fact that Japan is attempting to sell nuclear power plants to other countries, is embarrassing and most unfortunate. When we consider that a similar type accident might happen at one of India’s nuclear power plants, we are filled with concern. That is, as women who experienced firsthand the suffering that the Fukushima accident has brought, we do not wish anyone in the world to have the same experience we did.

Mr. Modi, we would like to invite you to visit Fukushima and see its condition firsthand. The destroyed reactor, the towns where people can no longer live that have become like abandoned towns, the mountains of radioactive rubble, the towering incinerators, and children who can no longer play freely outside. After you have seen the reality of Fukushima, then we urge you to think carefully about the nuclear cooperation agreement.Nuclear power plants will not bring happiness to your citizens. We who experienced the injury of the nuclear accident, we came to understand this through our own bodies and lives.

Mr. Modi, for the Indian people and the future of India, please do not sign the India-Japan Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. We beseech you to make a wise judgment.


By-Fukushima Women Against Nukes

(Fukushima Women Against Nukes is a network of women that started in September 2012, using various direct actions such as sit-ins, demonstrations as well as petitioning TEPCO and others to demand justice for everything that the Fukushima Daiichi disaster has taken away from them. They are also strongly opposed to restarting any of Japan’s nuclear reactors and are working for a nuclear free world. Website:





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Dear PM Modi, don’t buy Japanese nuclear power: Fukushima women against nukes



私たちは、2011 年 3 月 11 日に、前代未聞の大事故を起こした、東京電力 福島第 1 原発がある福島県に住む女性たちです。

この事故により私たちの人生は、大きく変わりました。家を奪われた者、 仕事を奪われた者、ふるさとや友だちを奪われた者、将来を奪われた者、 人生の楽しみを奪われた者、そして命を奪われた者と様々です。

原発事故から 5 年半が経ちますが、事故は収束していません。放出され た放射性物質は、まだまだ私たちの周りに存在します。国は帰還を進めますが、沢山の人々が子どもたちの健康を考え、元の家に戻ることはできないと考えています。現段階で、福島県だけでも 174 名の子どもたちに甲状腺がんが見つかっています。これからの多岐にわたる健康被害もとても心配です。