The former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Naoto Kan, visited Wylfa on Wednesday 25 February 2015, and delivered stark warnings over Britain’s continued commitment to nuclear energy. His message was clear: Fukishima was an avoidable disaster, by avoiding nuclear power in the first place.
Visiting the Welsh capital, Cardiff (Wed 25 February) including the Senedd Building and Anglesey (Thu 26 February) to view the proposed site of the second, bitterly disputed Wylfa nuclear power facility, Mr Kan was accompanied by a Fukishima evacuee who recalled the bitter experience of managing one of history’s worst nuclear disasters.
Following the collosal earthquake and resulting tsunami of March 2011, Mr Kan was tasked with managing the Japanese response to the total loss of power at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The resultant reactor explosions led to radiation flooding into the Pacific Ocean and the evacuation of 150,000 residents across a 20km radius. Urgent action narrowly avoided the meltdown of 10 nuclear reactors and a disaster to dwarf the Chernobyl explosion of 1986.
Mr Naoto Kan: ‘Safe Nuclear is No Nuclear’
In a whistle-stop tour, Mr Kan addressed Welsh National Assembly Members; speak at the gates of the Wylfa Nuclear Plant and visit farmers, Richard and Gwenda Jones who have steadfastly refused all attempts to buy their land for the development of Wylfa B.
Also in the travelling party was Dr. Tetsunari Iida, Director of the Institute for Renewable Energy Policy, who turned his back on his profession within the nuclear industry a decade ago and has since created over 30 sustainable energy projects in his home country. His story, of economic success in renewables, is in stark contrast to the options provided to Wales by Hitachi and partner company, Horizon.
Mr Kan’s visit to Wales was sponsored by Swiss-headquartered environmental charity, Green Cross, established by former Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev. Support from Welsh anti-nuclear campaigners People Against Wylfa B (PAWB) alongside Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, CND Cymru, Welsh language campaign, Cymdeithas yr Iaith and Nuclear-Free Local Authorities will ensure that people and politicians in all locations have the opportunity to hear their guest’s message.