Fukushima: don't forget

Fukushima nuclear disaster

The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed us once again that nuclear reactors are fundamentally dangerous. Not only do they cause significant damage to the environment, the health of populations and to national economies, the heavy financial cost of a meltdown is inevitably borne by the public, not by the companies that designed, built, and operated the plants. None of the world’s 436 nuclear reactors are immune to human errors, natural disasters, or any of the many other serious incidents that could cause a disaster. Millions of people who live near nuclear reactors are at risk.

The lives of hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, especially the 160,000 who fled their homes because of radioactive contamination, and continue to live in limbo without fair, just, and timely compensation. They have only a false hope of returning home, yet the Japanese government is eagerly pushing to restart reactors, against the will of its people, and without learning true lessons from Fukushima.

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Volcano poses no threat to the Sendai nuclear plant – yep, we’ve heard that one before

Blog entry by Mamoru Sekiguchi | 20 August, 2015

After being nuclear free for two years, Japan is restarting its reactors. But there’s a problem – they’re old, unsafe, and oh, did we tell you there’s an active volcano nearby? At the southwestern tip of Japan in Kagoshima...

Greenpeace warns Sendai nuclear restart will not end nuclear crisis facing Abe government

Press release | 11 August, 2015 at 5:23

Tokyo, 11 August 2015 - The restart of the Sendai nuclear reactor today will not reverse the terminal decline of Japan's nuclear industry, given all nine Japanese nuclear utilities are faced with insurmountable safety issues at their nuclear...

Japan's nuclear history and the power of peace

Blog entry by Junichi Sato | 6 August, 2015 2 comments

The fight against nuclear is steeped in Greenpeace history. On the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombings we're reminded of the consequences of nuclear energy and the people's movement to campaign for nuclear disarmament to create...

Japanese Government – aided by the IAEA – puts nuclear victims at risk with forced...

Blog entry by Kendra Ulrich | 22 July, 2015 2 comments

The worst nuclear disaster in a generation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – which began in March 2011 – is still very much an ongoing crisis that will not be solved for the many many decades. Most of the massive...

Greenpeace investigation exposes failure of Fukushima decontamination program

Press release | 21 July, 2015 at 10:38

Tokyo, 21 July, 2015 – Radioactive contamination in the forests and land of Iitate district in Fukushima prefecture is so widespread and at such a high level that it will be impossible for people to safely return to their homes, a Greenpeace...

Greenpeace releases confidential IAEA Fukushima-Daiichi accident report

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | 1 June, 2015 13 comments

The International Atomic Energy Agency report fails to accurately reflect the scale and consequences of the Fukushima disaster. The International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors meets on June the 8th to discuss its...

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