Despite and perhaps directly resulting from the unending crisis in Fukushima, Japan is now aggressively pursuing nuclear supply agreements with emergent nuclear nations across Asia and the Middle East.
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.
. Ours is a city in India which has witnessed the world’s worst industrial catastrophe. As you may be aware, the disaster,itself a result of criminal neglect by callous profiteers, was only followed by political complacency and administrative apathy. The victims of Bhopal continue to struggle for justice, adequate compensation and proper medical, economic, social and environmental rehabilitation In our city, we have a commemorative statue of a mother and her child with “No More Bhopal, No More Hiroshima” written beneath it. And in the fifth year of the ongoing disaster in Fukushima, we can identify with the continued suffering and struggles of its residents.
In the 70th year of atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the major groups of nuclear victims and civil society organisations have come together to organise a World Nuclear Victims Forum in Hiroshima between 21-23 November. The initiative aims at bringing together radiation victims of uranium mines, nuclear power plants and nuclear test sites from all over the world. The eminent experts and scientists who have worked on the issues related to nuclear victims will also make presentations in the forum.