March 11 marks one years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northern Japan. It is one year since the start of the meltdowns at Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant.
An Australian National day of Action Against Uranium is planned for March 11 to commemorate the commencement of the ongoing Fukushima crisis.
Friends of the earth Australia has also released an important paper by Dr Jim Green outlining the scandals and failures that led to the disaster: "Japan's Nuclear Scandals and the Fukushima Disaster" [here]
Refugees from the area may never be able to go back to their home towns and farms in the 60km radius of the Fukushima plant, which has displaced between 150-400,000 people. Radiation spikes from the meltdown have been felt as far afield as Toyko, Japans capital and home to nearly 13 million people.
Radioactivity has been detected in the food and water supply and severe restrictions now apply to foodstuff grown in Japan.
The Japanese government and electricty company TEPCO were complicit in hiding the extent of the problem from the affected people and have been slow to offer compensation.
There is reason to believe that it was Australian uranium that fuelled the reactors that melted down in Fukushima.
An Australia-wide commemoration and National Day of Action Against Uranium will be held on March 11.
BRISBANE: A working bee and brainstorm for the March 11 action will be held on March 7 at 10am, FoE Brisbane office, 20 Burke St, Woolloongabba.
Send your messages of solidarity here: http://www.11march.com/
For further reading:
‘Japan’s Nuclear Scandals and the Fukushima Disaster'
'One year on Fukushima is still spinning'