Actress says nuke waste ad appearances the ‘first regret of my life’


Actress Ann Suzuki

TOKYO (majirox news) — Popular actress Anne Suzuki, once the campaign girl from Japan’s nuclear waste management, has raised ripples online by saying these appearances “were the first things I regretted in my life” in an Aug. 5 tweet.

Suzuki began a series of tweets early Friday, focusing on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis and demanding that its operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) compensate victims.

The 24-year-old said that nuclear power was a fact of life in Japan from the time of her birth, then went on to regret appearing in a 2006 commercial for the *Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO).

“I have done commercials for nuclear waste management,” she tweeted. “Now, they are the first things I regret in my life. I just didn’t know enough and I was stupid. I now call for an end to nuclear power.”

Suzuki’s tweets drew concerned replies from her fans about a possible career backlash for speaking out, but she responded to these by tweeting, “I can’t be broken so easily.”

It is extremely rare for Japanese entertainers to offer outspoken opinions on social issues.

Foster Plus Co., Ltd., Suzuki’s talent agency, said Suzuki had decided to make the comments herself.

“She’s over 20 (the legal age of adulthood in Japan),” a Foster Plus spokesman said. “I think she’s deciding things for herself.”

*The Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO) was established to promote the implementation of disposal of high-level waste originating from nuclear power generation. According to NUMO’s Web site, in Japan, highly radioactive liquid waste arising from the reprocessing of spent fuel is solidified in a glass matrix. In Japan, spent fuel is reprocessed to extract uranium and plutonium for re-use in the nuclear fuel cycle. The remaining highly active liquid waste has no further use. It is immobilized in a glass matrix which is surrounded by a stainless steel fabrication canister.

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