11 /30 2011

Red Cross/Red Crescent movement calls for abolition of nuclear weapons

November 28, 2011
by IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)

In an historic decision, the Council of Delegates of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, on November 26, adopted by acclamation a resolution calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons and calling on all national societies to conduct educational campaigns about the unique, catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear war.

The resolution was first proposed by the national societies of Norway, Japan, and Australia, and has been the subject of intense internal debate within the Red Cross movement for the better part of the last year.

Masao Tomanaga of Japanese Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, IPPNW’s Japanese affiliate, addressed the Council before the vote, powerfully describing the immediate and ongoing medical consequences of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

During the debate speakers repeatedly argued that nuclear weapons were in violation of international law, but they focused primarily on the inability of the Red Cross to respond to the aftermath of a nuclear war.

Both Dr. Tomanaga and Ira Helfand, IPPNW’S North American regional vice president, then participated in a special workshop for national affiliates interested in developing national campaigns to promote a nuclear weapons convention. The workshop was attended by 45 representatives from national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies who are interested in working on the nuclear issue.
そこで、ともなが医師と、国際核戦争防止医師団、北米地区副会長のIra Helfand氏は、核兵器禁止条約を促進するキャンペーンを展開することに興味を抱いている、各国の連合の講習会に参加しました。その講習会には、核問題について取り組むことに興味のある、各国の赤十字・赤新月社から45名の代表が参加したのです。

Dr. Tomanaga shared his data on the long term health problems of nuclear bomb survivors in Japan, and Dr. Helfand presented new research suggesting that catastrophic global famine would follow even a limited use of nuclear weapons. They offered the full cooperation of IPPNW in developing national educational campaigns about the medical and humanitarian consequences of nuclear war.

The Australian Red Cross described the exciting campaign they have launched to promote public understanding of the need to abolish nuclear weapons. A full conference for interested national societies to develop national campaigns in their respective countries is in the early planning stages.

The final draft of the resolution presented to the Council of Delegates can be found here. This link will be updated when the final version, including any minor wording changes, is posted to the IFRC website.



Movement working towards a nuclear weapons-free world

Published: 27 November 2011 0:51 CET


The adoption of the resolution proposed by the Australian, Japanese and Norwegian Red Cross National Societies entitled 'Working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons' kicked off the 2011 Council of Delegates. Nearly 30 delegates took the floor to offer impassioned pleas in favour of the resolution, with only a single voice expressing concern. "What would Henry have done?" asked Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner, only to conclude that the founder of the Movement would have firmly backed the resolution. The discussions were preceded by a moving film on the nuclear tragedy that struck in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 66 years ago, and by a presentation from a survivor and now medical doctor from Nagasaki.
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オーストラリア赤十字のCEO、Robert Tickner氏が問いました。そして、(赤十字の)活動の創設者は、断固、その決議案を支持しただろうと結論づけたのです。その話し合いの前には、66年前の広島・長崎を襲った放射能の悲劇についての心を動かすフィルムと、今では長崎で医師をしている生存者のプレゼンテーションが紹介されました。





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Currently there is no specific law or treaty in place to ban the use of nuclear weapons, yet there are around 3000 nuclear weapons on launch-ready alert at all times.

Nuclear weapons are a weapon against humanity. They kill, maim, and destroy our environment. Australian Red Cross is calling on the international community to support a convention to ban the use of nuclear weapons.

Nuclear weapons do not discriminate. The initial flash incinerates people at close range. Injuries include severe burns, lung trauma, damage to internal organs, and blindness. You can help Australian Red Cross make nuclear weapons the target by joining the campaign.



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Women are overall 40 percent more susceptible to radiation-induced cancer than men, and foetuses and infants are three to four times more susceptible than adults.


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In 1945, tens of thousands of people were instantly killed when the first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Five years later nearly 500,000 people had died from the effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. Even today, survivors still struggle with increased rates of cancer and chronic disease.















11 /29 2011

The Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG)の記事、

福島~真実のための戦い (前編)

福島~真実のための戦い (後編)




What Happened to Chernobyl Children 7 Years after the Accident

This video is from a Japanese evening news program broadcasted on Nihon TV, seven years after the Chernobyl accident (around 1993).

What Happened to Chernobyl Children 7 Years... by tokyobrowntabby

I hope the families in Fukushima who still hesitate to voluntarily evacuate their children will watch this and change their minds.

The original video is at: http://youtu.be/tWWICnIQE9k

Translation and captioning by tokyobrowntabby.
翻訳と字幕はtokyobrowntabby on ENENEWSより。

German version is at 007bratsche's channel: http://youtu.be/_9F9M1Sq7KI



Amano downplays Fukushima disaster

IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano has presented himself on the international stage as champion of the global agenda, taking what appear to be tough moral stands on issues like nuclear weapons proliferation.

However, there are many in his own native country of Japan who question this official's behavior, especially as it relates to the unprecedented disaster of three nuclear reactors melting down at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.


Hisako Sakiyama is one of Japan's most respected independent medical experts on the effects of radiation.

When a 12-member IAEA radiation contamination team was dispatched by Mr. Amano to Japan last month, they reported to incredulous audiences that Japan's handling of the Fukushima disaster was almost perfect and did not deserve any criticism at all.


A similar opinion seems to prevail among those citizens who have camped in front of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The protesters are camped here day and night, and they have invited us inside their tent to speak to one of their leaders.

These people are not impressed, like the IAEA, with how Fukushima has been handled.


For reasons unknown, voices like these seem to be disregarded by the authorities of the IAEA.





11 /29 2011
Mr. Rabbit is Grade 7.

This is the last day to play volleyball for his elementary school.

It was a Burnaby Boy’s volleyball tournament.


Their jersey is BLUE :)

The first 2 games


was very hard for them,


and lost those,


but then,


they were coming back,


and keep winning.



Mr. Rabbit twisted his foot

and had to rest on the bench for the last game.


The team lost 2 games and won 3 games! Good work! Lions!!!

His foot is still swollen…

He might have to stay in the bench for his hockey game this weekend…



11 /28 2011



特集ワイド:日本よ!悲しみを越えて ノンフィクション作家・佐野眞一さん


Japanese hearts must be cleared of rubble to overcome triple disasters

さの・しんいち 1947年、東京都生まれ。早稲田大学文学部卒。97年に「旅する巨人」で大宅壮一ノンフィクション賞。「東電OL殺人事件」など著書多数。近著に東日本大震災の現場をルポした「津波と原発」。=梅村直承撮影
Non-fiction writer Shinichi Sano

"It was apocalyptic," said 64-year-old non-fiction writer Shinichi Sano, as he recalled the nightmarish reality he witnessed in the Tohoku region after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. "I realized that the scene spread out before me would probably continue to appear in my dreams until I die."

What Sano saw on March 20 after he arrived in the Iwate Prefecture city of Rikuzentakata -- nine days after a massive quake hit off the coast of northeastern Japan -- seemed to him to come straight out of a painting by the Belgian-born surrealist painter Paul Delvaux.

"A terrifyingly bright full moon bathed the deserted ruins that remained after tsunami wiped everything out. I felt dread, terror, and perhaps a sort of dreaminess. It may have been the same thing that people who were swallowed by the waves saw before their lives ended. And I'm alive." The thought had made him tremble, Sano said.

Sano is concerned with giving voices to the victims who have lost theirs. "How do I communicate their silence?" he asks himself. Because of his conviction that non-fiction is created not through second-hand information, but by the careful accumulation of first-hand experiences, Sano has always rushed to the scene of accidents and disasters to hear fresh voices before they began to "scab over." He was not as swift in leaving for the disaster area this spring due to health concerns following a major operation last year, but he eventually made it to the Sanriku coast. What he witnessed he recorded in his latest book, "Tsunami to genpatsu" (Tsunami and the Nuclear Power Plant).

"Let us pass down to future generations the modesty of the Japanese people, who did not plunder (in the face of disaster)," Sano had written in a Tokyo-based newspaper soon after the quake. This had been before he had gone to the disaster area himself. It was the kind of heartwarming stories that made the rounds in Tokyo, and won praise for Japan around the world.

"But there actually was looting," Sano said. "I experienced a mix of emotions." He added that vigilante groups were patrolling neighborhoods at night. "Major disasters reveal both human beings' virtue and monstrosity. We can't look away from that reality."

Still, Sano knows full well it's not easy for people who have been hurt to go forward. While in Tohoku, Sano met a 57-year-old president of a fixed-net fishing business in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, who drank all day, sobbing and lamenting the "death of the Japanese fishing industry." The fisherman, who'd lost five of his six boats to the tsunami, had slurred: "If only I had my boats."

 「ところが東京都知事が『天罰』と発言してみたり、『がんばろう』では済まないのに、テレビではエラソーな評論家がもっともらしい顔で空疎なコメントを繰り返す」。そのコメントで妙に納得してしまう。  「日本人のすべてが彼らの身の上を思いやれるか、その想像力を問うているのが今回の震災なんです」。
"Meanwhile, the governor of Tokyo was talking about (the disaster) being 'divine punishment,' and the slogan 'let's hang in there!' was thrown around unhelpfully. Critics on television repeated hollow words as they acted like they knew what they were talking about.

"The latest quake disaster is a test of the Japanese people's ability to be truly concerned for others' circumstances, and whether they have the imagination to do so."

"We have spiritual rubble on our hands," Sano answered. "Just look at the Diet."

As Sano sat in a room overflowing with books on the second floor of his home in Chiba Prefecture, he said that the post-quake slogan that he detested the most was "Nihon wa hitotsu (Japan is one)."

 「冗談じゃない。日本って一つじゃなかったんですよ。福島県の原発は東京のため、中央のため。(沖縄の米軍)普天間飛行場と同じ植民地が福島にあった現実が、あらわになったんです」。"What a joke. Japan hadn't been one to begin with. The nuclear power plant in Fukushima was for Tokyo, for the central government. It just became evident that there was a colony in Fukushima, just like Futenma Air Base (in Okinawa, of the U.S. Marine Corps)."

The prosperity we enjoyed was made possible through the energy sent to us from the power plants. We'd been talked into believing that this energy was clean. And now an irreversible disaster has taken place. Still, Sano warns that taking all our anger out on the government and the utilities is too simplistic a response.

Photo by AP

"There are no songs for people who work at nuclear power plants," Sano said. Coal miners -- despite their labor being used to generate energy in the same way as nuclear power stations -- had songs they worked to. Despite fishing being described as a dangerous job where "death lies below just one plank," Sano said fishermen "had pride for their work. Pride that they were supporting their wives and children. It wasn't just about the money."

Suddenly, the tone of Sano's voice shifted, growing more passionate. "With people working at nuclear power plants, the more they work, the more they're exposed to radiation. And in the end, they're abandoned. It's not so much that they're getting paid for physical labor, but more that they're selling their bodies. Before we could attribute our prosperity to nuclear power plants, we were using people as stepping stones. And we were too insensitive to that fact," Sano said. "It's been over 40 years since nuclear power plants were built in Japan, and we hadn't noticed. This comes from a lack of imagination. It's a grave sin."

Photo by AP

Even now, some 3,000 people are working -- in fear of radiation exposure -- to get the stricken Fukushima plant under control.

According to what Sano heard from those who'd evacuated from Fukushima to the Saitama Prefecture city of Kazo, residents living near the troubled plant were descended from farmers who'd been gathered from around the country by the then Soma domain to provide manpower that had been lost in the Great Tenpo Famine of the 1830s.

"And now they've been forced out of their homes. ... The day after the (1995) Great Hanshin Earthquake, I went to Kobe. There was a couple sifting through the scorched earth as ash smoldered around them. I moved closer and saw something white," Sano said. "They were looking for the bones of their child. In the Sanriku region and Fukushima, people can't even do that."

 今取り組んでいる作品は、ソフトバンク社長、孫正義さんの人生記だ。以前から取材を続けていたという。「震災の後に何をしていたか尋ねたら、彼は、ずっとテレビを見ていたと言うんです。Sano is now working on a biography of Masayoshi Son, the president and CEO of major telecommunications company Softbank Corp. Sano had been following Son since before the March 11 disasters.

"When I asked him what he did in the days following the quake disaster, he said he just watched television. And that he'd seen a girl dressed in red calling for her mother on the Sanriku coast, and that he'd cried in spite of himself. I asked him what he thought at that moment, and he repeated, three times: 'I'm powerless.' I think those are the kinds of words that we'd usually hear from politicians."

Son visited evacuation centers in Fukushima, offering to provide transportation fees for the temporary evacuation of 1,000 children to Saga Prefecture in Kyushu out of his own pocket.

"Maybe this isn't the best way to describe him, but Son's just a cell phone seller. And here he was, not merely saying he would do something, but actually taking action. Meanwhile, it became clear that Japan lacked effective leaders. Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the Cabinet members who were ousted for their gaffes, the Democratic Party of Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Komeito all continue to waste time," Sano said. Indeed, the Diet's attention seems to have shifted to the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP).

"Everything rests on how we weave our words together, and how we decide to act. We must use our imagination without being swayed by the words of politicians and others. We need to train ourselves to think. I think that's one way to overcome the quake disaster. Post-war Japan was able to rebuild because it was young and had momentum. Today, we have an aging population. Unless every single one of us washes away the rubble strewn about our spirits, we might not be able to triumph over the challenges we face this time."

Washing our spirits of rubble may actually be a lot harder than clearing the disaster areas of physical rubble.

(By Taichi Nemoto, Evening Edition Department)









11 /26 2011




以下、Picture3_20111109000213.jpg より。

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011


Demand change: an open letter to Japan's rising generations


If you're like my 17-year-old, then you probably already know just about everything there is to know, and reading this column you'll likely just say: "Yeah, right, whatever," or "So?"

But if you have a few minutes, younger readers especially, please bear with me.

As a father, professor and environment journalist, I am seriously concerned about our use and abuse of our planet Earth, soon to be your planet Earth.

Photo from Vermont Law School

With the human population growing, marine resources dwindling and every inch of our planet touched by human-made chemicals and waste, I'm less than optimistic about the state of the world you will soon inherit.

From a different perspective, however, we can say that your generation is facing the most exciting challenges of any generation in history. We are on the cusp of dramatic changes environmentally, politically, socially and economically, with the effects of climate change multiplying, the Arab Spring phenomenon and Occupy Wall Street protests gaining traction, and developing nations rushing headlong forward while developed countries grind to a crawl.

In your lifetime, you have a chance to recalibrate the way we do things on this planet: to create a society that prioritizes justice, human rights and the quality of human life; to harness safe energy for all; and to introduce global, sustainable resource use.

Of course, there is a distinct possibility that we will fail to deal with such pressing issues as shrinking fresh-water supplies, loss of critical biological diversity and the effects of climate change feeding back upon itself. Then all hell will break loose.

To help you visualize how quickly things are changing, take a look at the website Worldometers (www.worldometers.info).

Seeing the numbers click over faster than a high-speed gasoline pump, births and deaths, expenditure on military, CO2 emissions in tons, and energy use from non-renewable sources ? to name a few ? helps make stunningly clear how much and how fast your world is transforming, and in many ways not for the better.

Humans have never faced so many challenges and the stakes have never been higher: Human society and our planet as we know them are on the line.

The good news is that solutions are as endless as human creativity. The bad news is that the problems are global and they are entrenched in our systems of governance and business. And the clock is ticking.

So, on a recent splendid day of blue skies and fiery foliage, I asked fellow educators in Japan who share some of my optimism regarding this country's university students for words of encouragement to share with the next generation of planet-keepers.

No doubt you will disagree with some of my and their thoughts, but don't dismiss us completely. We have decades of experience teaching in Japan and perhaps even taught your parents ? though we don't take responsibility for how they turned out!

One of my colleagues, a professor from the Chuo University Law School, offers advice for students who are job-hunting or trying to decide what to do with their lives.

"The first step is not the last step. Setting goals is worthwhile, but ambitious goals are rarely achieved all at once. This applies to careers as well as social movements. What's important is to keep at it, to scan the surroundings for opportune moments and to be ready when the time is right," he suggests.

From Sophia University, a professor urges young people to take action in the face of discouragement.

"Sometimes a bleak situation can motivate you to act in ways you would not have the courage to do in good times. Today, with a bad job market and disconnected politicians, it is time for young people to act up, to speak out, to protest injustice, to dance in the streets and to sing at the top of your lungs. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain," he explains.

A long-time friend and professor at Japan Women's University sent me two quotes from the Buddha focusing on the spiritual aspects of one's personal growth and life work, and explained why she chose them.

The first quote is: "Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."

"You've probably wondered at times how much difference you can really make, but there's so much that can be achieved through the efforts of one person," she notes. "It's easy to get into a mind-set where you feel that if you help others, your own energy and happiness will be depleted. But it actually works the opposite way!"

The second quote: "Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it."

"I've included the second quotation," she explains, "because it's so important to devote yourself heart and soul to what you feel passionate about. This is how we can bring the greatest benefit to ourselves and society."

An environmental educator in Kyoto focuses on the issue of production and waste.

"For a sustainable future, it is time to 'look back and move forward' to the old adage 'waste not, want not,' and to show that truly advanced countries can use their wealth and know-how to develop technologies that reuse everything. Then, like in the rest of nature, waste will once again become a resource in a closed-loop cycle, giving sustenance to the future."

Another educator from Kansai focused on the Internet's potential for political change.

" 'The System' has always been that the rich give lots of money to politicians and tell them what to say and do. Once in a while we can replace these politicians with new politicians who perpetuate this false democracy. But now we have Internet democracy. Millions of people uniting every day can make politicians think and act for ecological sustainability, instead of unsustainable economic 'growth'. "

Finally, a colleague at Aoyama Gakuin University who teaches environmental politics sent several quotes that inspire him.

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." (Often attributed to non-violent peace activist Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948].)

"Idealists foolish enough to throw caution to the winds have advanced humankind and enriched the world." (Lithuanian-American anarchist Emma Goldman [1869-1940].)

And another he sent that is an old favorite of mine from Gandhi: "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

Which brings me to some suggestions of my own.

First and foremost, demand change. Political, social and economic changes are all urgently needed, and all are inherently part of conserving the global environment. You might not get what you demand, but you certainly won't get what you don't ask for.

Second, stay informed. The great British war leader Winston Churchill (1874-1965) once stated, "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." However, he also wryly noted, "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." So don't be that average voter, because what you don't know can hurt you. Imagine what Tepco (operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant) and the government would never have told us if the media and civil society had not asked questions, again and again, and demanded answers.

Of course, average is fine, but don't be average if it means being ignorant. Demand transparency and accountability in politics, in your universities and companies. Olympus might still have a rosy future if someone had demanded these things years ago.

And when your politicians, universities and companies do wrong, be indignant, especially about injustice. Demand justice, demand equality — and demand fairness.

Finally, don't be afraid to take chances. One of the greatest obstacles to positive change is fear of the unknown; fear that what happens next may be worse than what we have. The world is changing environmentally, socially, politically and economically, and society must change to respond. Yesterday's solutions are, by definition, out of date.

Of course, change simply for the sake of change can be wasteful, but I can't count how many times I've heard decision-makers in Japan insist that something should not be done because it has never been done before. Solutions come in myriad forms, from purebred to hybrid, so if something has never been done before, that may be one of the best reasons to give it a try.

The truth is, human society needs change and needs it desperately. Most of us will not find a cure for disease or invent a pollution-free energy system, but we all contribute to society and our planet, for better or worse. So, be someone who contributes for the better.

No matter what you do with your life, however large or small your contribution to society, begin by acting for those around you: your family, your neighbors, your fellow students, your workmates, your community. You might not be the next Bill Gates or Mahatma Gandhi, but the ripples from your good works and kindness will spread — and carry you with them.

Stephen Hesse is a professor in the law faculty of Chuo University and director of the Chuo International Center. He can be contacted at stevehesse@hotmail.com.


10月に、ラビ君も学校行事の一環として、「WE DAY]というイベントに参加してきました。











WE DAYは1日だけのイベント以上のものです。そして、長期の真剣な行動のシリーズを開始するものです。よりよい私たちのグローバル社会のために。そして私たちは、今日、その約束をするのです。


WE DAYはよりよい世の中をつくるために奮闘する、という日で、それは、行動に移す「TAKE ACTION」ということなのです。



「WE DAYは、とても楽しくて、勉強になりました。」
「正直、WE DAYは、私の人生を変えました。」

This is a power of WE!






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