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Text of Solidarity Statement from Japan to the People’s National Convention Against Nuclear Energy, India

22 July 2013

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Solidarity Statement from Japan to the People’s National Convention Against Nuclear Energy, India [Ahmedabad-Mithi Virdi-Bhavnagar (25-28 July 2o13) ]

People of Japan convey their solidarity with everyone gathered at the People’s National Convention Against Nuclear Energy and express their agreement with National People’s Charter Against Nuclear Energy.

Reports that the Koodankulam NPP has reached criticality have also appeared in the Japanese media. We condemn the Indian Government’s blatant disregard for the strong protests on the part of the local residents around Koodankulam as well as the many whistleblowers who have warned of the dangers of this NPP to so many Indian people.

We salute the people of Koodankulam and their long, intense struggle, which they have maintained for 700 days. Your courage has given so much strength to us in Japan, fighting against nuclear power since the Fukushima disaster. The protest movement at Koodankulam, its non-violence and persistence, holds a very important place in the history of the struggle for a nuclear-free world. Even if the plant is commissioned, our solidarity with the people of Koodankulam remains unchanged. We believe that the day will come when that inhumane, dangerous monstrosity will be shut down. Until that day, from Japan, we will fight, alongside you, with all our strength for a nuclear-free world.

Because of the nuclear disaster that started in Fukushima on March 11, 2011, 150,000 people are still prohibited from returning to their homes and the authorities have been unable to make proper plans for decommissioning the reactors. Despite this the Government of Japan is aiming to restart the idled NPPs and not only that, they are promoting the export of nuclear reactors. India is one of the countries nuclear exports are aimed at and one of the proposed sites is at Mithi Virdi, in the same state of Gujurat, where the National Convention is being held.

As the country that has experienced the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the World War II and as the country which caused the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, we are strongly opposed to nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors. We also declare our staunch opposition to Japanese exports of nuclear technology and to the promotion of nuclear reactors in India.

Post 3-11, India continues to stick to its policy of promoting nuclear power and Koodankulam is the first new NPP to be commissioned since Fukushima. The ‘false myth’ of ‘absolute safety’ has already totally disintegrated in the wake of not only major accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima, but also numerous nuclear accidents occurring around the world.

In these circumstances, holding this National Convention Against Nuclear Power, which will be attended in large numbers by people opposed to nuclear power, from all over this vast country of India, is indeed a dramatic development for the anti-nuclear movement of the Indian people.

We request that the Government of India listen to the voices of its people and abandon its pro-nuclear policy. We also request that the Koodankulam NPP be stopped and that plans for all new construction of nuclear reactors be renounced. We ask that India be a leader in creating a nuclear-free world.

We will make every effort to stop Japanese exports of nuclear facilities to India in the future.

We hope that your Convention will be successful and that each of you will go back to the places you live and continue your anti-nuclear movements with dynamism and ingenuity and that one day there will be zero nuclear reactors in India.

In Japan, we will be fighting with you to make a new ‘post-nuclear’ India a reality.

NO to Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant!

Indian Government: Abandon your pro-nuclear policy!

  July 25,2013

【Hokkaido】 Iwanaigenmonken、LIBERA ESPERANTO-ASOCIO en HOKKAJDO、Nisekonokonayukiwomamoroukai

【Aomori】 Group of Ten Thousand Plaintiffs for the Lawsuit to Stop the Nuclear Fuel Cycle、Hanatoherbnosato、

【Iwate】 Housyanou kara kodomo wo mamoru Iwatekennan Miyagikenpoku no kai、

【Miyagi】 Genpatsu no nai Mirai wo Chiiki kara tsukuru Kai、

【Akita】 Housyanouwokakusansasenaishiminyuushinokai

【Fukushima】 Campaign for Nuclear-free Japan、Fukushima Badge Project、Ginganohotori、Npo Hyakusyouyashiki、People inside Fukushima 30km Zone、

【Ibaragi】 Chikyu-Cafe YUI、Peace Forum MITO、 

【Gunma】 Tatebayashi Citizens’ network for Climete-Change

【Saitama】 Genpatsu Tomeyou Chichibujin、No Nukus 10000000 Peaple Action in Niiza、Solar-net

【Chiba】 Hihousyanou Kodomo Hoyousyo Project、KAFTI、Magotachiwohousyanoukaramamoruzenkokunetwork・Chibashibu、 Nishida Masaru Peace Office、

【Tokyo】 Anti-TEPCO ACTION!,Tokyo、Asian Solidarity School、Choufu Congress sgainst A and H-Bombs、Citizens’Nuclear Information Center、Depleted Uranium Center Japan、FEMIN Women’s Democratic Club、FROM EARTH & CAFE OHANA、Genpatsu wo Kangaeru Sinagawa no Onnatachi、Gensuikin (Japan Congress against A- and H-Bombs)、Group・South Asia’s’Nuclear Power Plants’、Hisen wo Erabu Engeki-jin no Kai、Japan Solar Energy Aducational Association、Japan Womens’ Council I、Kashiwazaki Maki Genpatsu ni Hantaisuru Zaikyousya no Kai、KEISANSYOUMAETENTOHIROBA、KENJU NO KAI、No Nukes Asia Actions Japan、Nonukesplaza Tanpoposya、People’s Plan Study Group、People’s Research Institute on Energy and Environment、Senso e no michi wa arukanai koe o ageyo onna no kai、THE GREENS HIGASHIMURAYAMA、The Support Action Center for Kotopanjang Dam Victims、Tokyoippanroudoukumiai・Tokyoongakudaigakubunkai、 Workers’Executive Committee For Anti-nuclear Power Movements、Zensekiyu Showa Shell Labor Union、

【Kanagawa】 Gaikokujinhenosabetsuwoyurusuna Kawasakirenrakukaigi、Plutonium free communication Kanagawa

【Niigata】 Kashiwazakikariwagenpatsuhantaijimotosandantai、Niigata Citizen Forum to stop nuclear power plants、Sayounara Kasiwazakikariwagenpatsu Project

【Gifu】 Sayonaragenpatsunokai Nakatsugawa、The Voice of Gifu Citizens for saving Peace, Human rights and Environment、

【Shizuoka】 Hamaokagenpatsu wo Kangaeru Shizuoka Network、STOP! HAMAOKA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

【Aichi】 Anti-War Network、Kaku-no-gomi(No nukewaste) Campaign, Chubu、R-DAN・Nagoya、Soratomo、Tokai NoNukes Network for Future Generations

【Shiga】 KAFUKANOKAI、NO NUKES from shiga

【Kyoto】 Agenda Project、AWC-JAPAN、Documentation Centre ’Seeds Beneath The Snow’、Ecorelay Kameoka、Green Action、Mind Life Mental Care Room、Roshinante-sya

【Osaka】 9jyoukaikensoshikyoudoukoudoujikkouiinnkai、All Japan Dockworkers’Union -Nishinari center Branch、Datsugenpatsue! Kandenkabunusikoudounokai、Diffusion Radioactive Material NO!、Gender center for Sustainable developmen at Osaka、Housyanou Bougyo Project Kinki、Iraqi Peace TV in Japan、Kansai Madam Kaigi、KANSAI UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE SOCIETY、Linking peace & Life、mame-ten-cafe、NOSE Cafe、SOUL FLOWER UNION、Osaka Citizens against the Mihama, Oi and Takahama Nuclear Power Plants(Mihama No Kai)、Start Konohana! Kinki network for Stop to incinerate Disaster debris、Stop Genshiryoku Kanden Houikoudou、Stop the Monju、The Japanese Association for Studies in the Nuclear problem in Mongolia、

【Hyogo】 Asia Children Project、Citizens Against Nuclear Power Plants,Takarazuka、Esuperant- Tomonokai、Kobe International Christ Church、Sala Santi、Volunteer "House of people working" Catholic、

【Nara】 Kodomonomiraiwomamorukai・Ikoma、Nara Datsugenpatsu Network、

【Tottori】 Uranzandoshiminkaigi

【Shimane】 Shimanegenpatsu Zousetu Hantaiundou

【Hiroshima】 DATSUGENPATSUHE! TYUDEN KABUNUSHI KOUDOUNOKAI、North east Asia Information Center Hiroshima、Sinshuuizokukaihiroshimatihousibu、Plutonium Action Hiroshima、The Hiroshima Citizens Group Against Nucler Power Plant、Voise of Hhirrshima、

【Yamaguchi】 Association of the 2nd Generation of A-bomb Survivors、Genpatsu Iran Shimonoseki no Kai、NO! nuclear plant Yamaguti Network、TABUSECHOMACHIDUKURIKENKYUKAI、The meeting of the parents who imagine children’s future、"Umi" Shimonoseki、Utsukushiininshikigawawomirauhetewatasukai、

【Kagawa】 Kagawa Solidarity Labor Union、Tewatashipress

【Ehime】 Ikata People Against MOX

【Kochi】 Citizens Green Kochi、TachiagarushiminGroup@Kochi

【Fukuoka】 Bukkyoutohisennokai Fukuoka、Goodbye Nukes! Fukuoka、Kankyokyoiku Fukuoka、Nihonwokaerukai Fukuoka、Sayonara Genkaigenpatunokai Kurume、

【Saga】 People`s Action Against The Genkai Nuclear Power Plant、Purusaamaru to sagakenno 100nenwo kangaerukai、

【Nagasaki】 Furuwatakoubou、

【Oita】 Kusanonenokai Nakatsu、

【Kagoshima】 Anti-nuclear Kagoshima Network、Datsugenpatsudaredemosankadekiruoosumishiminnokai、 

【France】 Echo-Echanges

 (132 organizations、as of July 21)