In a show of solidarity with the 160,000 evacuees and to highlight the dangers of nuclear power, the Fukushima prefecture will be `twinned` with Wylfa on Ynys Môn (Anglesey) in a ceremony on Monday 24 August 2015. A small camp will also be established to mark the twinning.
PAWB have arranged for the two communities to be twinned as both locations have been forced to bear the threat of nuclear power plants. Prior to the series of explosions in 2011 that leaked radiation onto the land around Fukushima and into the Pacific Ocean, PAWB had been campaigning on not only safety grounds, but also economic, environmental and sustainability principles against the installaton of a second nuclear plant, courtesy of Japanese investment from Hitachi/Horizon, on the Welsh island.
Location: Near A5025 Tregele
Monday, August 24 -11.00 am
Representatives from Japan, Japanese against Nuclear
Afternoon – Speakers from South West Against Nuclear and Stop Hinkley, CND Cymru, Entertainment
Tuesday August 25 , 7pm, Cemaes Village Hall
Dr. Ian Fairlie Independent Consultant on Radioactivity in the Environment:
Horizon’s plans at Wylfa – whistling in the Dark
Selwyn Jones Cymdeithas yr Iaith:
Impressions of Fukushima and linguistic impact of Wylfa B
Sean Morris Nuclear-Free Local Authorities:
Nuclear Emergency Planning
Dr Carl Clowes from PAWB said “The twinning of Wylfa with Fukushima is an expression of solidarity of our community with the commun ity in Japan and, hopefully, will help awaken people and politicians in Wales to the potential dangers of this industry as they seem ever–intent on sleep-walking into a potential apocalypse.
“As if to typify their blasé response, we have seen several visits to Japan by leading politicians and government officers from Wales who, having travelled half-way around the world, but didn`t even take the time to visit the areas and people affected by the radiation, allowing themselves instead to be duped into believing everything they were told as guests of Hitachi on a sponsored visit. In telling the stories they don’t want told, we’re restoring balance to the debate.”
A Japanese governmental report published in 2012 made it clear that, despite being triggered by the catastophic tsunami in the region, an accident at a nuclear power plant could only be considered a man made disaster. The evacuation of large areas of the prefecture has had a devastating impact on the economy of cities such as Minamisoma, with much of the population now lost to places outside the abandoned zones.
As Ms. Aoki said on behalf of the Fukushima evacuees:
Please learn from Fukushima. Please learn from our mistake. You do not want to apologise to your own children, to your grandchildren for making the wrong choice before they were even born. I believe no one in this world should go through what Fukushima is going through right now. I deeply hope my voice helps you make a wise decision.