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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Chernobyl and Fukushima: Illuminating the invisible

Blog entry by Greg McNevin | 21 April, 2016 5 comments

30 years after Chernobyl and five years after the triple meltdown at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the shadows of both disasters still loom large. In the wake of Fukushima, I joined Greenpeace monitoring teams on...

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Chernobyl and Fukushima: side by side

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Blog entry by Ai Kashiwagi | 26 February, 2016

For the past 30 years, Shin and Tatsuko Okawara spent their lives working as organic farmers. With their own organic farm, rural work was in their blood - tilling, planting and harvesting crops from the same soil their family worked on...

Five years on and the Fukushima crisis is far from over

Blog entry by Shaun Burnie | 24 February, 2016 8 comments

Five years ago the Rainbow Warrior sailed along the Fukushima coast conducting radiation sampling. Now it's back, and has Japan's ex-Prime Minister on board. Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Sailing past the destroyed Fukushima...

Town mayor's approval of Takahama reactor restarts is premature and inadequate

Blog entry by Kendra Ulrich | 7 December, 2015 1 comment

The decision by Takahama Town's mayor ignores the Japanese people's constitutionally protected right to human dignity. In making his decision to approve the restart of the Takahama 3 and 4 reactors, Mayor Yukata Nose has...

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