TOKYO (majirox news ) – One of the largest anti-nuclear groups in Japan will gather for the first of its annual meetings this summer in Fukushima City in northeastern Japan, where the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been leaking radiation for almost three months.
Traditionally, Gensuikin, or the Japan Congress against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, holds its first meeting of the year in Nagasaki or Hiroshima. However, this year, the group decided to focus on opposing nuclear power plants by holding its first meeting of the year in Fukushima on July 31.
Gensuikin, which was established in 1965, calls for a nuclear-free world based on Japan’s experience of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The group has chapters in 47 prefectures and includes 32 nationwide labor unions and youth groups.
“The Fukushima plant catastrophe is an epoch-making historical event in the 21st century,” said Yasunari Fujimoto, secretary general of Gensuikin, in Tokyo. “The nuclear power plant is not only a nuclear issue but also a sociological issue of the peoples’ daily lives such as energy, food, water and so on.
“Fukushima has become an international word like Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We will start our rally at Fukushima, and then go to Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa in August.”
Gensuikin hopes to raise questions about nuclear culture and society though its rallies and meetings in August. The group aims to have a world without nuclear weapons or nuclear power plants.
“Gensuikin’s core activities include efforts to foster solidarity with anti-nuclear activists around the world; anti-nuclear pro-peace campaigns, various initiatives toward a nuclear-free society and activities in support of radiation victims,” Fujimoto said.
In addition, he said the group wants people to know that its position is based on the understanding that humankind and nuclear technology cannot coexist, as stated by Gensukin’s former chair and conscience, the late Ichiro Moritai.
The organization expects more than 15,000 people to join in the rallies. The victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will also be participating.
This will be the first time the group has ever met in Fukushima Prefecture.