the following day when the Hiroshima High Court gave a green-light ruling to
the No.3 reactor at the Ikata Power Plant, Ehime Prefecture in the western
Japan (September 26), the Nuclear Regulation Authority authorized the No.2
reactor at the Tokai Plant, located in Ibaraki Prefecture in the eastern region,
to re-operate. The reactor is over 40 years old and has been hit by the severe earthquakes
in 2011. Japan
is vulnerable to geological movements. Does the Japanese government attempt to deprive
happiness of people by another nuclear calamity?
GOVERNMENT TRIES TO DESTROY PEOPLE’S FUTURE
prefers re-operate nuclear plants
recently, the most northern island, which caused power blackout across the
prefecture, recording Tremor 7 of the Japanese scale. Its epicenter was in the
eastern Iburi district of the central region, but the area has never been
designated as a location of active faults. All such faults have not yet been identified
officially aside from those exposed to the surface of soil.
for the earthquake in Kumamoto,
which occurred in 2016 April, the soil surface of the region is covered with erupted
materials of the Volcano Aso’s explosions. The faults were proven longer than assumed
during the investigation of aftershocks.
Japanese archipelago lies on the tectonic plate boundaries and the grounds have
been covered with volcanic ejecta at every historic eruption. Therefore, it is
hard for either the Regulation Authority or law courts to judge exactly to be
safe. Nevertheless the institutions flatly endorse ‘to re-start’ nuclear plants
in compliance with ‘the new regulatory criteria’, or they dare to reject a
possibility of a big eruption of the Volcano Aso. They justify re-operation. At
the moment nationwide seven reactors at the four stations are in operation and
one reactor is put under regular check-up. Another five reactors at the four plants
will be added which wait for approvals to clear thenorms. It is the Abe
government that has permitted re-operation at all of the stations, which had
been suspended following the 2011 Fukushima
of another ‘myth of safety’
new criteria’ mean another myth of safety. The government has lifted the
evacuation orders imposed on residents around the Fukushima plants, ending payment of
compensations. It also allowed to reuse radioactive soils piled up there. These
steps aim to eradicate memories of the nuclear tragedy caused by the 2011 earthquakes.
It is because the government wants to secure profits of electric capitals and
relevant groups, including political and bureaucrat circles as well as
financial entities. Furthermore, it tries to use the capacity in the diplomatic
efforts to be a leading power; it is eager to revise the constitution to deploy
the Self Defense Forces to war zones in the rest of the world. The Japanese
government is intended to possess nuclear weapons as the greatest means to
attain goals, isn’t it?
Japanese nuclear industry has not yet gained capabilities to control
radioactive wastes, nor succeeded in economic efficiency in the power
generation. What are the reasons for the government to cling to development of
nuclear industry? Is it to hold nuclear
arms? Thus, the government refuses to join the United Nations’ Convention to
Prohibit the Nuclear Weapons. No other reason is found.
phrase, ‘guns-and-butter’, has been used in a figurative sense for long years.
Butter means social services, while guns, military build-up. The Abe government
reduces budgets for public welfare and encourages military strength – it
prefers guns to butter.
government arranges economic conditions, too, so that big businesses can enjoy
the greatest profits, while it imposes pressure of self-responsibilities on
medium-and-small-sized enterprises and on workers. It employs policies to enhance
disparity between the rich and the poor, using beautiful words for justification.
the facts, even inside the Liberal Democratic Party, which is led by Prime
Minister Abe, some members criticize the erratic politics of the
resistance of people
constitution stipulates democracy; it does not mean to seek for a strong,
wonderful leader, but to create a framework in which an improper leader may not
12 of the constitution provides ‘constant efforts of people’, which is the
incentive to guarantee democracy. This is the sole means. Democracy relies on
will and power of sovereign people. Drives of the Abe government to amend the
constitution represent a totally opposite direction.
must not let the Abe government have its own way so that we could create a
society in which people lead a life safely without wars and nuclear catastrophes.
Let’s start struggles here to fulfill responsibilities for the future.