Influential Japanese intellectual group launches appeal to ban use of nuclear energy
Tokyo – July 11, 2011 – Four months after the beginning of the nuclear disaster in Japan, an influential committee of scientists and intellectuals of Japan, criticizing the influence of the IAEA, has launched a world appeal to ban any form of nuclear energy in the world.
The Committee of Seven for World Peace Appeal was established in Japan in 1955 by seven influential intellectuals at the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the United Nations, appealing to strengthen the role of the UN and to seek the abolition of war. Leading the movement at the time were such famous Japanese as Hideki Yukawa (Nobel Laureate in physics in 1949), Shinichiro Tomonaga (Nobel Laureate in physics in 1965) and Yasunari Kawabata (Nobel Laureate in literature in 1968) and pioneering feminist Raicho Hiratsuka. Since then the committee has released more than 100 appeals for world peace, nuclear disarmament and other issues of global importance, and among recent members were 2002 Nobel Laureate in physics Masatoshi Koshiba and novest Hisashi Inoue.
July 11 – Tokyo, Mushakoji Kinhide, Japanese researcher on international politics, professor and and former vice-rector of the United Nations University in Tokyo and four other current members of the World Peace Committee strongly called to ban all forms of nuclear energy in Japan and in the world. Mushakoji Kinhide said in a press conference on July 11, that he was mostly shocked by the strength of the influence of the IAEA over the public’s opinion on usage of nuclear energy. He said the IAEA should also increase research in the crisis management in a nuclear power plant accident by re-thinking the human rights, nad the rights to live in peace of the victims of such an accident, called the “hibakusha”. “We had three nuclear explosions in Japan, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and now Fukushima”.
Michiji Konuma, Physicist and Professor at Keio University and Musashi Institute of Technology said that the IAEA has to play an active role in reminding the public that nuclear power plants are not necessarily built anywhere because of the consequences of accidents: “The problem is that people in Japan and in the world strongly believe we need nuclear energy, mainly due to mass production and mass consumption. We want to remind that this is not the case. This is why we launch an appeal today to stop nuclear energy, not only in Japan, but also elsewhere in the world.” In the case of Japan, the country has not been making enough efforts in thinking to change the energy resources. “The Japanese state has chosen to built power plants, knowing it was a tsunami country”, this should be seen as a threat of the right to live in peace. “Rather thinking about the compensation plans, we should be thinking of the victims themselves, their human rights. If the UN and the IAEA supports the construction of nuclear power plants they should calculate the danger and they should think about the victims themselves instead of thinking the compensation plan”, said Satoru Ikeuchi, astrophysicist.
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