Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Major Japanese TV Station Reports on the Protest Against Ooi Nuke Plant...in Washington D.C.


Nippon Television, a Yomiuri Shinbun affiliate, reports on the protest against the Japanese government's political decision to restart Ooi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture. It's just that the protest took place in Washington D.C..

I haven't found any coverage of this protest in the major news outlets in the US.

From Nippon TV (6/19/2012):

米首都で大飯原発再稼働決定に対し抗議活動

Protest in the US capital against the decision to restart Ooi Nuclear Power Plant

アメリカの首都・ワシントンで18日、「関西電力」大飯原発(福井・おおい町)3、4号機の再稼働決定に対する抗議活動が行われた。

There was a protest in Washington D.C. against the decision to restart Reactors 3 and 4 at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant operated by KEPCO (in Ooi-cho, Fukui Prefecture).

 ワシントン市内の日本大使館前には、アメリカの環境保護団体の関係者らが集まり、「大飯原発の再稼働は新たな悲劇だ」などと書かれたプラカードを掲げ、抗議活動を行った。また、参加者の代表が、再稼働の見直しを求める野田首相への要望書を大使館職員に手渡した。

People from the US environmental groups gathered in front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C., and protested with signs that said "Restart of Ooi Nuke Plant, a new tragedy". The representatives of the groups handed the statement to Prime Minister Noda to the Embassy officials demanding that [the Noda administration] reconsider the restart.

 今後、日本の環境保護団体などと連携しながら、再稼働の見直しを求めていくという。

The groups will coordinate with the Japanese environmental group and demand the reconsideration of the restart.


Not a word from this TV station on the June 15 protest in Tokyo, where 11,000 people gathered. It did report that "400 people gathered in front of the Prime Minister's Official Residence on June 16 to protest against the restart of Ooi Nuke Plant..." (6/16/2012), just like every single news outlet in Japan.

21 comments:

TechDud said...

In Canada, here too, there is no coverage of any of the protests in Japan, and some major cities world-wide.
In fact, i show these articles to people and ask if they have heard anything about the protests.
They mostly say "no" and then "that is odd".

For me, what it does is show ordinary people how the "media" has not chosen to share the truth of at least this one topic. It also makes an impression in some people's minds how we are not told the whole truth. I think that the reaction i get when i tell them that Oi sits atop an active "shear-zone" tells me that some will find these facts to be easier to remember.

Although i could not and chose not to be at protests, i have found a way to express my anger and frustration. I hope i can be more effective at debunking the disinformation here.

Beppe said...

Yomiuri stance is definitely pro nuclear. I wonder whether they are preparing the ground to present further protests in Japan as being stirred or led by foreign organizations.

Beppe said...

読売は推進派ですね。こうしたニュースを報道して、日本の脱原発運動が外国から誘導されるネタを支えるの下準備かも知れない。

holisticradioprotection said...

That is an interesting angle about Yomiuri. Certainly they blamed the foreign media for sensationalizing the initial accident.

But if this is their strategy, it will backfire. Japanese who see the images of foreigners protesting will ask, "What is wrong with this country?"

Anonymous said...

Ha. You'd better go deeper than that. Yomiuri's and Nippon TV's owner was an CIA asset who promoted nuclear power in Japan right after the Bikini Atoll incident.

holisticradioprotection said...

We will be protesting at the Japanese Embassy in Los Angeles, this friday, 22nd, 3-5pm. In addition, there is a phone campaign. Here is a list of Japanese embassies worldwide: http://holisticradioprotection.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/call-your-japanese-embassy/

Anonymous said...

holistic...: Many many thanks to you, to the Washington DC groups, and everyone else who have stood-up with the Japan-based demonstrators. Your solidarity with us gives us more strength than you can imagine. Sincerely, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hm, which networks are owned by General Electric again? Maybe that plays a role in what is or isn't reported?
*mscharisma*

holisticradioprotection said...

We are one human family and we are all affected by nuclear energy. Radiation does not discriminate. Here in Southern California we have San Onofre Nuclear Waste Generating Station on an active fault with 400 tons of waste and the worst safety record in the U.S. It is currently shut down due to leaking, and we are trying to keep it that way. We are all in this together.

Anonymous said...

@holistic: Please keep up the work to keep San Onofre shut down. Until recently, I lived close to it for many years, and it has always scared the daylights out of me because of the well-known mismanagement and dismal safety record. But I've found that, for most Southern Californians, it simply is not a subject for discussion or even of interest. Not even sirens going off at the plant in the middle of the night concerned anyone I know enough to as much as ask questions. But maybe there is hope now for a permanent shut-down with the Fukushima accident as a background and given that no one knows how to fix the problem.
*mscharisma*

Anonymous said...

i also say thanks to the protestors against nuclear systems. it's great to see more and more action occuring.. we must stop the nukes.

grateful thanks from an australian

Anonymous said...

I am reminded that during WWII, the US determined not to bomb Kyoto because of its great cultural value. I find it especially disheartening that the first reactor Japan is trying to restart is one that would threaten Kyoto's unique treasures if it were to experience a TEPCO-style disaster. These people in charge of Japan are confusing JAPAN with JAPAN INC. Their priorities are severely warped.

Anonymous said...

(cr here)

Perhaps it will be harder to keep the public in the dark nowadays (except for the too many with their heads in the sand) compared to anti-nuke movements' earlier decades' ?




Currently, Dr. Jeff Masters' weather blog says,
" Guchol is the first June tropical cyclone to hit Japan since 2004. Tokyo recorded sustained winds of 56 mph, gusting to 76 mph, at 10:47pm local time (9:47 am EDT.) A wind gust of 74 mph was recorded at Shizuhama at 8:21 pm local time.
The main threat from Guchol is heavy rain. The storm is expected to dump rains in excess of 400 mm (15.7") in the Tokai region, and 250 mm (9.8") inches near Tokyo.
Japan is also watching Tropical Storm Talim, which is expected to pass along the length of the country Thursday and Friday. Talim's rains could cause considerable trouble, as they will fall on soils already saturated by the passage of Tropical Storm Guchol."


How can anywhere handle such rain from one storm, and, how is the horrible mess of the damaged Fukushima plant going to react?

Anonymous said...

More subtle racism from the Yomiuri newspaper, point the finger at foreigners as being unruly and stirring up anarchism toward the perfect Japanese...

Anonymous said...

Seems stockholders “COWARDS” don’t want nuclear plants? Well why not take them apart instead of threatening everyone and pushing buttons?
http://laaska.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/japanradiation-forecast-data-released/
This was last may.
Who lives in communist countries?
Why communists of course.

seguido said...

Oh and destroying where you live/the earth is anarchy /punk

Anonymous said...

Remember these things about the mainstream media:

1. They are globally controlled.
2. Their primary purpose is propaganda.
3. They seldom tell outright lies (too easy to spot).
4. They never tell the whole truth (so they deceive).
5. They report news in 'professional' and 'trustworthy' manners (deceptively).
6. Propaganda is to control people's thoughts and beliefs (so that people remain ignorant).

Greyhawk said...

It is difficult to mislead a man and more difficult to convince him he has been mislead- American writer Mark Twain. I would like to add- When he sees the depth of the deception he becomes very angry.

Anonymous said...

NHK (English/TV) just reported a problem with the Ooi restart. There was a low water alarm for a tank used to cool a generator or something. I caught it halfway through the story hopefully they replay it later (it isn't on their website).

BTW, how is typhoon 'Guchol' going to effect runoff from all the ash that has been dumped from all the debris burning that is going on across the country? I wonder if the sudden rush of water may stir up and erode bad stuff that has settled in the sediment and soil column? Never mind the poorly covered mounds of radioactive soil heaped everywhere.

This WSJ blogger asked TEPCO how the facility weathered the storm and of course they said everything is A OK! The WSJ blog acknowledges TEPCO's statement is standard boilerplate and may change.

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/06/20/fukushima-watch-plant-weathers-seasons-first-big-typhoon/

holisticradioprotection said...

BTW, here is footage of the protest at the Japanese embassy in Los Angeles:
http://8bitnews.asia/wp/?p=1353#.T-d3fpjxrME

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