【PART 2】 The Mystery of Fukushima: Why Japan Cannot Stop Nuclear Power Plants?

 

6】 Fukushima from the perspective of Okinawa

 

What makes the situation in Fukushima worse than in Okinawa is that the truth of it, the health hazards and legal obstructions, is not shared among the people there. It is quite natural that people in Fukushima are not discussing it. After all, the NPP suddenly exploded in a place where they had lived without any problems.

In Okinawa, meanwhile, people know the real facts well. They have a long history of conflict with the U.S. bases and an accumulation of studies about those issues. There are also social groups that support their fight. For example, there are two newspapers, Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times, which report correct information. There are also notable intellectuals such as Masahide Ohta (former Okinawa Mayor), Yoichi Iha (former Ginowan City Mayor), and the “fighting head,” Susumu Inamine (Nago City Mayor). Finally there are quite a number of professional people — professors, lawyers, and journalists — who are fighting against the absurdity.

In contrast, Fukushima has no such large social powers. Of course, local media and citizen groups are trying hard, but there is no social structure to support them. Meanwhile, pro-nuclear politicians try to move Fukushima citizens back to lands contaminated by radiation.

For this reason I’m committed to passing on to the people of Fukushima the knowledge I’ve accumulated about Okinawa: the 70 years of studies about U.S. bases and the human-rights-violating legal structure they revealed. That is why I am writing this book.