Japanese actor pays price for speaking out


Actor Taro Yamamoto left his management agency due to his anti-nuke activities

TOKYO (majirox news) – Fighting to protect children against radiation exposure in the cities of Fukushima and Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, may have cost popular 36-year-old actor Taro Yamamoto his career.

He withdrew from the Shisu Management Agency on May 27. “We have decided to accept Yamamoto’s sincere wish not to cause us any trouble because of his personal activities,” Shisu stated on its homepage.

A drama that Yamamoto was to star in starting on July 8 was cancelled apparently due to his remarks. Commenting on nuclear issues can jeopardize a career.

Yamamoto spoke out against the government’s adoption of a new directive stating that school-age children can now be exposed to more radiation outdoors than previously allowed. As reported, government officials said the permissible radiation level was raised to 20 millisievierts a year or else these multitudes of Fukushima school children would have to be evacuated to other parts of Japan, which would cause dire consequences for their education and home life.

On May 23, Yamamoto participated in a demonstration outside the Ministry of Education building in central Tokyo. He called on the government to reverse its ruling.

He also supported Operation Kodomotachi (Operation Children), which urged the evacuation of children who lived beyond the 30-kilometer evacuation zone near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which has been leaking radiation since the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Operation Kodomotachi has found about 4,000 host families in Hokkaido for these children.

Yamamoto was severely criticized for saying that residents near the 1986 Chernobyl accident were evacuated when their exposure was only 5 millisierverts a year and that the Japanese government’s standard as set by the Ministry of Education was an “an act of murder.” He added that the government did not want to pay for moving the residents and that the government had let the people down.

Operation Kodomotachi praised Yamamoto for his courage and efforts to protect children. “Our activities are aimed at primarily helping children with their future and is not against nuclear power,” said officials of the operation. “It is running on pure thoughts and Yamamoto is protecting the children.”

Yamamoto frequently appeared in TV dramas and travel programs.

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5 Responses to Japanese actor pays price for speaking out

  1. Casper on 05/30/2011 at 12:27 am

    Glad that Taro Yamamoto is trying to make sure that all the children are safe! Japan needs more people like him, to stand up for what they believe in. Other actors and actresses should join with him, this will get the young people involved. Some of the personalities on Japanese T.V. are a joke, they need more people like Taro Yamamoto (people with more substance) on T.V.!

  2. Anna on 05/31/2011 at 3:19 pm

    I agree, more people in Japan especially those that have a platform should speak up! It is great to see that Taro is using his fame to bring these issues to the public.

  3. Leo on 06/01/2011 at 8:00 pm

    It is so sad to hear that he had to quit from acting business. He had guts. But if he stayed in the movie industry as a celebrity he might campaign for things more effectively.
    I hope he gets what he wants in his future, good luck.

  4. Karl Hoessel on 06/05/2011 at 1:17 am

    Don’t know how I came across Majirox news, probably in my search for more truthful information about the Fukushima disaster, which I’ve been prayerfully and quite critically covering since day 1. But today I read this excellent account of Mr. Yamamoto, who needs to commended, not castigated or maligned in any way for his excellent and foresightful defense of the children of the near area of Fukushima. I had no knowledge of this ‘operation’ Kodomotachi and its attempt to help mobilize families to evacuate at least their children to homes in Hokkaido. Praise God, that someone is taking the initiative. I have been listening to the weekly reports of such reliable physicists as Dr. Arnie Gunderson of Fairewinds.com. and have been aware of the falsifying and skewing of the crumbs of information that the ‘authorities’ here have been giving out, and the pitiful and obvious attempts at covering up what will eventually be ‘exposed’ as an increasingly disaterous and deadly nuclear ‘winter’ for millions of ‘innocent’ Japanese.’
    I am sure that thousands of others are gradually getting the “picture.’ and Mr. Yamamoto has his values in line. The imminent deadly radiation dosages that the 1000s of not only children but the population as a whole ARE now receiving is of far more critical concern than the issues of long term educational goals, or whether they can play baseball outside! Who will answer to these children? The mayors who want to get their ‘ghost towns’ up and running again? No. And certainly not the politicians who play so loosly with their lives now in the face of this ‘plague!’ It’s beyond me , how these so called public servants can disredgard the voises of those who know the ravages of nuclear radiation (such as with Chernobyl), when the voice of even ONE, non-company expert, should be enough to quicken the hearts of men who are entrusted with the ‘protection of the general public, to act on the side of caution and swiftly move the people out of harms way.!!! Oh it’ll cost too much. they answer. But what is the IT? Saving the lives of 1000 and tens of thousand? Who will put a price on a whole generation of children? I know that there are many who are laboring with their lives in the devastated area of Tohoku, to ‘rescue and re-settle (somehow) the 1000s of displaced and shattered families, and I know that the Christian community is working diligently to do all that we can to help, and that will continue for the next 20 years! But this Fukushima thing is a dragon, a monster that wants to kill. We will need young and intrepid men, men and women of faith, hope and love in Christ, to stand up and take action. We need leaders. I commend Mr. Yamamoto. Don’t worry about your job with the enterainment world, Mr. Yamamoto. Many of them will wake up and come running to your side, those genuinely wanting to help, and of course, those who want their name out there. Take any who come!

  5. Eya on 06/17/2011 at 9:02 pm

    Now is your chance, all unti-nuclear film directors: cast this guy to keep him working and to show support!

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