The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be visiting Tokyo next month. One of the key agenda during the visit would be to finalise the agreement for supply of nuclear technology from Japan to India, which will help set up nuclear power plants in Jaitapur and Kovvada, being imported from France and the US.
Citizens groups in both India and Japan have been opposing this agreement for a long time, owing to the danger that nuclear expansion would pose to the people and environment in India, the boost that it will provide to the international nuclear lobbies which are facing terminal decline after the Fukushima accident, and the way it will fuel the nuclear arms race in South Asia.
Here is an e-petition launched by the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Centre, the largest independent think tank on nuclear issue based in Tokyo. We urge you to sign and circulate this appeal widely.
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We strongly oppose the signing of the India-Japan Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (hereafter: ‘the Agreement’) during the Indian Prime Minister We strongly oppose the signing of the India-Japan Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (hereafter: ‘the Agreement’) during the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan, expected to be in mid November this year.
The purpose of this Agreement is to allow Japan to export nuclear technology to India, a country that has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and in fact possesses nuclear weapons. With the cooperation of Japan, the only country that has experienced wartime nuclear attack, this Agreement will enable India to build nuclear reactors and it is believed it will also allow India to extract plutonium from spent fuel rods used in these reactors. With no effective international safeguards, there is a possibility that this plutonium could be used for military purposes. The already weak international non-proliferation regime, with NPT at its center, will be severely undermined with the legitimization of India’s nuclear weapons, which is, in effect what Japan is doing by signing this Agreement.
It is clear that by signing the Agreement, Japan will negate all its efforts towards global nuclear disarmament and abolition of nuclear weapons, based on its experiences of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since September this year, tensions between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India over Kashmir have been boiling over, and the danger of a nuclear war erupting is escalating. It is clear that signing the Agreement this November will only increase the military tensions in South Asia.
Furthermore, the nuclear accident which shock the world at Fukushima Daiichi, is by no means over. The moral integrity of the Japanese government is being called into question globally as it tries to peddle its nuclear technology, not just to India, but around the world, when the victims of Fukushima have not even been compensated.
In India, citizens who are concerned about the dangers of nuclear power have mounted large-scale protests, which have been met with brutal repression. Compensation for land acquisition, safety measures in case of accidents, evacuation plans and general compensation is woefully inadequate.
The Japanese government, which has refused to release contents of the Agreement for the reason that it was under negotiation, is now preparing to force through the signing of the Agreement. This Agreement is highly problematic, as we have described above.
We strongly urge both governments not to sign the Agreement and to stop negotiations immediately.
Not to sign the India-Japan Nuclear Cooperation Agreement and to stop negotiations immediately.
Campaign Opposing the India-Japan Nuclear Cooperation Agreement 2016