Press Conference: Kenichi Hasegawa & Ruiko Muto, Co-Chairs of Hidanren and Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat
5th Anniversary Series for 3.11 Disaster
Kenichi Hasegawa & Ruiko Muto
Co-Chairs,The Liaison Committee for Organizations of Victims of the Nuclear Disaster
Executive Committee Member, Peace Boat
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with English interpretation
"Hidanren": the Liaison Committee for Organizations of Victims of the Nuclear Disaster
Five years after the March 11, 2011, triple disasters, more than 100,000 evacuees are still living away from their homes. While the central and prefectural governments' focus appears to be on the recovery process and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, many victims affected by the nuclear disaster have been left feeling neglected.
In 2015, 13 groups of plaintiffs involved in lawsuits over the Fukushima nuclear disaster formed a network called "Hidanren," or the Liaison Committee for Organizations of Victims of the Nuclear Disaster.
At their press conference, Hasegawa and Muto will share the goals of "Hidanren", which include an apology and full victim compensation from TEPCO, detailed medical checks and insurance, measures to reduce radiation exposure among residents, and determining accountability for the Fukushima accident. Kawasaki will give a brief background on citizens' activities, placing the activities of Hasegawa and Muto in a broader global context.
Hasegawa is a dairy farmer from Iitate Village, Fukushima Prefecture. He is the head of the Maeda Ward of Iitate Village and director of the Fukushima Dairy Cooperative Council.
Muto is a member of Fukushima Women Against Nukes, and received the Women's Human Rights Activities Award (the Yayori Award) in 2013.
Kawasaki is an Executive Committee member of the Tokyo-based NGO Peace Boat, and International Steering Group member of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
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Professional Activities Committee
Kenichi Hasegawa Ruiko Muto Akira Kawasaki