Japan, one of the world’s most technologically advanced countries, could not prevent Fukushima. And India, a country where millions still live below the poverty line, a country with a poor record of safety and corporate responsibility – witness the Bhopal tragedy of 1984, with people still waiting for any compensation, still waiting for decontamination of the site – is happy to accept this failed technology.
Protests were organised today in Turkey, UK and Japan in solidarity with the country-wide protest of farmers and fisherfolk during the Japanese PM’s visit, against the India-Japan nuclear agreement.
Will 2015 be remembered in history as a year when the human race decided to abandon the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? If the first part of this year saw the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ending in a failure, the closing of 2015 might witness a final and de facto expansion of the nuclear weapons club.
The Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have spoken out strongly against the proposed agreement which the Japanese PM might sign during his visit to India this weekend. In an extraordinary move, the two mayors – Kazumi Matsui and Tomihisa Taue – held a press conference issuing a joint statement and urged PM Shinzo Abe to abandon the nuclear supply agreement with India.
When this Agreement enters into force, it will become possible for India to expand the production of nuclear weapons, and also fast-track a massive nuclear power plant expansion. If nuclear trade between Japan and India is initiated, it would enable India to use Japanese-made advanced components and precision technologies in new nuclear power plants. Japan’s nuclear-related companies such as the TOSHIBA, HITACHI and MITSUBISHI have been aiming to enter the huge Indian nuclear power market, and they are sure to make big profits.