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Paper cranes prayers for peace. Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Japan, public domain via wikipedia
Paper cranes prayers for peace. Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Japan” See: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/1000-japanese-cranes-sadako-sasaki/

From Greenpeace:
Japan’s nuclear history and the power of peace
Blogpost by Junichi Sato – 6 August, 2015
Protest on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing in 1990, in Hiroshima, Japan.
Protest on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing in 1990, in Hiroshima, Japan.

The fight against nuclear is steeped in Greenpeace history. On the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings we’re reminded of the consequences of nuclear energy and the people’s movement to campaign for nuclear disarmament to create a safer and sustainable future for the people of Japan and the world.

Seventy years ago, the world’s first atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, creating a “mushroom cloud” and killing more than 450,000 people. The horror of these bombings has been an eternal memory for survivors, imprinted on the consciousness of people around the world, and a reminder of holding the further use of nuclear weapons in warfare at bay.

Fast-forward to 2011 when a tsunami, triggered by a magnitude earthquake measuring 9.0 rocked the northern part of Japan, resulting in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. As the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986, tens of thousands of people living within 20km of the zone were forced to evacuate, uprooting livelihoods and turning entire villages into ghost towns.

Despite government efforts to decontaminate the zone Greenpeace Japan investigations continue to find that radiation levels radiation levels are still far too high for former residents to safely return. In the Iitate district in the northeast of Fukushima prefecture, one of the worst affected and highly contaminated areas, radiation is still so widespread and at such a high level that those who were evacuated cannot return home safely. However, the Japanese government wants to bring them back, announcing a “forced return policy” by March 2017 and terminating compensation by 2018.

The Abe administration seems determined to ignore the lessons of the past. It is doggedly pursuing the restart of nuclear reactors, in spite of the ongoing nuclear crisis in the Fukushima Daiichi impacted regions. In addition, the current Abe administration has changed Japan’s long running peace constitution, which was adopted shortly after World War II, to enable Japanese troops to participate in armed combat.

We’ve seen the effects of war. We’ve seen the effects of nuclear. Greenpeace believes that peace is the best self-defence, and that war is the biggest threat to the environment. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, should promise ‘no war and lasting peace’ to honour the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and more importantly to leave a peaceful world for generations to come.

Junichi Sato is the Executive Director at Greenpeace Japan“. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/remembering-hiroshima-and-nagasaki/blog/53706/ (More pictures at the original post. We changed “On the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombings“, in the original, to “On the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings“.

Greenpeace itself has a history that is intertwined with nuclear energy: Our organization’s foundation campaign was the 1971 attempt by a small group of activists to stop US nuclear tests on the island of Amchitka, Alaska…

At the core of Greenpeace is a conviction that conflict, and the ways it manifests in violent struggles over our natural resources, will destroy our planet, and all of us. So we have to find better ways to resolve these issues…” Excerpted from: “Hiroshima and Nagasaki: remembering the power of peace” Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo – 6 August, 2015 Read the rest here: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/remembering-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-kumi-naidoo/blog/53719/

Note that, according to the US government funded BEIR report, 10 mSv per year, over the course of 20 years (200 mSv), would lead to an estimated average 2%, or higher, excess risk of life-shortening cancer within the population (an est. 2,000 per 100,000 or 2 per 100). Imagine both the medical and social costs. These costs are not born by the utilities.