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Thursday, March 09, 2017, 15:00 - 16:00

Three representatives of organizations for Fukushima evacuees will come to the Club to discuss the issue

Miyako Kumamoto,The Liaison Committee for Organizations of Victims of the Nuclear Disaster

Hiromu Murata, The Liaison Committee for Litigation Plaintiffs of Nuclear Disaster Victims
Seiichi Nakate, Japan Nuclear Evacuee Association for Comprehensive Rights

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

Six years after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, some 80,000 people still live away from their original homes in Fukushima Prefecture to avoid radiation from uncontrolled reactors. As the March 11 anniversary approaches, rallies are planned nationwide to seek an end to nuclear power generation while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is pushing hard to restart idled nuclear plants and export new ones.

Many Fukushima disaster victims criticize the central and local governments for curtailing assistance to them and glossing over their plight to tell the world the worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl accident is under control ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and that Fukushima is right on the recovery track.

At the end of March, the government will complete the process of lifting evacuation orders imposed on areas surrounding Fukushima Daiichi, except for those on heavily radioactive zones, although many former residents refuse to return to their old hometowns there. People displaced from the designated areas have been compensated by Fukushima plant operator Tokyo Electric Power for the loss of real estate, mental distress and other disadvantages.

There are also 27,000 "voluntary evacuees" who have fled areas not covered by the orders and been ineligible for the benefits. They will face a fresh setback on March 31 when Fukushima's local administration will discontinue a special measure to provide them with free housing.

Three representatives of organizations for Fukushima evacuees will come to the Club to bring home the gravity of the issue. Miyako Kumamoto is the executive secretary of "Hidanren," or the Liaison Committee for Organizations of Victims of the Nuclear Disaster, which brings together about 20,000 people from 21 groups involved in lawsuits to seek damages related to the Fukushima disaster and clarify responsibility for the accident. Hiromu Murata represents another alliance, which was organized last year with 9,645 plaintiffs in 21 class actions for damages. Seiichi Nakate is from a group aiming to establish "hinan no kenri," or the "right to evacuation" from radiation-contaminated areas.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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 Miyako Kumamoto                    Hiromu Murata                      Seiichi Nakate

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