Todos Somos Japon is an international coordination and solidarity project in the post-3/11 world (3/11/2011: the day of massive earthquake that triggered Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan).
Since the Fukushima crisis, the social and political situation in the far eastern archipelago have been developing. We have been following the ways in which the people are struggling for survival against radioactive contamination and policies of the pro-nuclear state. Publishing writings on this subject has been one of our works since the disaster.
Radioactivity is and will be increasingly affecting everyday life. Radioactive materials not only remain toxic for centuries, but also travel in an unexpected manner moved by nature (wind and oceanic currents) as well as by metropolitan functions (traffic, transportation, distribution of food products and so on). The radioactive particles and debris have already reached the Pacific Island and the West Coast of the US, and continue to disperse across the world.
At the same time radiation spreads, the government continues to promote nuclear production and expansion. The government is supporting the interests of energy companies while dismissing the cries of the people. What are the driving forces of this ever-escalating quest for nuclear power? And how are other nuclear nations responding? Our task is to examine and understand the global power’s obsession with the nuclear energy, and to fight back against their atrocious, murderous treatment of the population.
(1) Research radioactive contamination and denounce the myth of “safe radiation.”
The people in Japan are actively confronting a severe situation. They are forced to take things in their own hands because the majority of ‘radiation specialists’ have been revealed as incompetent. Through reclaiming knowledge and a resurgence of popular science, the people are independently monitoring the radiation levels in their living environment and researching radiology.
The problem in Japan is common among all nuclear nations – policies and practices are based upon the notion of the “permissible dose”: the idea that below a certain threshold, the health effects of radiation exposure are negligible. This controversial notion is manufactured by international agencies based on economic political interest rather than scientific criteria making it imperative for us to conduct similar research projects independently.
(2) Reveal the ties between the political and economic plans of the global powers and nuclear energy
Nuclear power must be abolished without a doubt. It is becoming clear, however, that nuclear power is not merely a choice of energy to be replaced by better and safer ones, but it is a way -perhaps the most entangled way- to control society. As demonstrated in its historical bond with nuclear weaponry, ‘nuclear things’ are the last stronghold for the survival of the capitalist/nation/state – thus anti-nuclear struggles must resonate with anti-capitalist struggles.
To envision such a joint front, we need a concrete research project on the history of nuclear energy and the global network created by the military/industrial complex: states, corporations, international agencies, NGOs, think-tanks and academia.
(3) Solidarity with Japanese Revolution
Ever since the Japanese government restarted the reactors in July 2012, a mass uprising called “Hydrangea Revolution” has began across the country. The people are taking to the street everyday in cities and towns. This is a new development in mass movement that Japan has not seen for 40 years. This struggle is an extension and continuation of the global uprising. We seek a political project making all struggles fighting from different standpoints resonate in mutual recognition – toward a global revolution.
This October, the annual meeting of IMF and WB will take place in Tokyo. Between now and then, the relationship between nuclear power and the global financial order will have to be much more clarified over the contaminated battle ground in Tokyo and elsewhere.
With the above prospect and perspective, TSJ organizes actions and events. If you’d like to be on our listserv and/or be involved in our activities,
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