Anti-nuke actor Yamamoto tells gov’t to ‘stop grandstanding’


Actor Taro Yamamoto

TOKYO (majirox news) — Outspoken anti-nuclear activist actor Taro Yamamoto was outraged at government officials who he alleges brushed off complaints by children from Fukushima prefecture and demanded authorities “stop grandstanding” to do something to help the country’s future.

“How are you going to compensate these people? You say you’re cleaning up, but poison keeps spewing out daily, so there’s no way they can live (in Fukushima). Stop grandstanding,” Yamamoto told a group of officials from the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency who gathered in Tokyo on Aug. 17 to hear complaints by children from Fukushima prefecture. ”

Four children from Fukushima prefecture presented their views on the current state of their home amid fears of radiation exposure from the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. All of the children were given a chance to express their fears and concerns.

“I had to go through the sad experience of transferring schools in June,” one girl said. “I was really sad when I left my friends and we all cried. Breaking up friendships like this causes unbearable sadness. Those who’ve gone and those who’ve left are all worried sick about each other.

“Please think seriously about evacuating all of our friends from school to a safe place. And while we’re evacuated, clean up the forests and mountains and rivers and fields and make plans to have all of Fukushima prefecture thoroughly cleaned. Do everything possible to make sure we can live safely in the future.”

Government officials listened, and then one promised they would try to do it.

“We will take back these messages and do whatever we possibly can,” the official said. “We announced last week that we would clean the area.”

Yamamoto was disappointed by the response of the 10 government officials who had attended the meeting.

“There’s not really much we can do about it,” he said. “They’re probably not people with authority to make decisions. That’s why they can only say they’ll pass on the messages. I wonder what that will do to bring about anything. I have no doubt, though, that they heard the message of the children today and felt on an individual level that something has to be done.

Yamamoto added, that These children are the children who will grow up to support Japan in the future. “I want everybody to show courage and fight for the children.”

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