On Friday, January 27th, the tent occupation in front of METI in Tokyo faces eviction by order of minister Yukio Edano. The eviction order follows a controversial public meeting where government officials met with nuclear industry personnel to discuss nuclear power plant restarts, while attempting to exclude the public from the meeting. Concerned citizens who registered to attend the meeting were forcefully removed and the meeting took place behind closed doors.
The tent occupation in front of METI has lasted over 4 months through the support of women from Fukushima, and many others around Japan who oppose nuclear power. People from all over the world have visited the occupation to show their support and learn about issues surrounding nuclear power post March 11th, including the severe conditions that people in Fukushima continue to face. Currently, women of Fukushima are in the process of a "10 month 10 day" 24-hour sit-in to protest against nuclear power and the government's mismanagement of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster that continues today.
An emergency press conference will be held on January 27th at 1pm at the Japan Federation of Bar Associations’ Building, Room 1006.
This will be followed by a demonstration at the tent occupation from 4pm to 6pm, the hours of the eviction deadline.
Please email, telephone fax minister Edano and METI ( the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) to retract the eviction order.
METI (TEL) +81-3-3501-1609
METI Public Relations (FAX) +81-3-3501-6942
METI Minister Yukio Edano (TEL) +81-3-3508-7448
Dear friends across Japan,
Minister Edano is bowing to bullying from the powerful nuclear industry -- they are furious that the brave mothers’ hard efforts are working. Their struggle has captured public attention and across the country people are speaking out to end unsafe nuclear energy. But their fight for their children's lives will be crushed unless we now all support these courageous women and stop their eviction.
We have only one day! Let’s flood Mr Edano's inbox with thousands of messages now, calling on him to revoke his eviction order. It's time that our politicians put people and safety before profit.Click to stand with the Fukushima mothers now and help end the nuclear industry’s dirty tactics-- then forward this to everyone:
Something amazing is happening in Japan. Months after the Fukushima disaster, the public is waking up to the fact that nuclear energy is neither safe nor clean. The efforts of these few hundred activists have persistently broken into the media, and created a very real public concern about dangerous radiation levels and what they mean for the future of Japan.
The pressure is working. Right now, there are only 4 nuclear power plants operating in Japan, and at the end of April that number could drop to zero. The powerful nuclear industry is scared, and is now fighting back with all its might -- it knows that the longer the Fukushima mothers camp outside of METI, the more public support they gather. That's whyit's using all of its might to push government allies to end the protest, and return things back to a nuclear friendly normality. But we can’t go back.
On Friday, Tokyo police and METI officials will move in to forcefully remove the protesters.They will threaten them with prison and fines, but they are there peacefully, and legally. Let's come together now as Japanese citizens and urge the government to listen to people, not the clinking of sake cups at nuclear-sponsored dinners. Our action today can protect the democratic right of people to protest and also strengthen the resolve of the brave mothers and activists who are fighting for a safe tomorrow for all of us. There's only 24 hours left, send your message now, and forward this to everyone you know:
The window of opportunity to build a green and clean energy future in Japan is wide open right now. If we stand together, we can keep it open, and it starts now, by protecting the right of the Fukushima mothers to peacefully protest.
Iain, Kya, Ben, Alice and the rest of the Avaaz team
Fukushima Diary "JP Gov is planning to remove the antu-nuclear tent in front of METI":
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