The US Department of Energy declared an emergency early Tuesday morning, May 9th, when workers noticed the partial collapse of an underground tunnel used to store old railroad cars filled with dangerous nuclear weapons waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State. Green Cross International, which has spent over two decades helping governments and […]
Former Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan joined Green Cross at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 26 January to tell the audience there that, five years later, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima has yet to be resolved.
“The accident is still unfolding,” he said, as radioactive material continues to seep into surrounding groundwater and the ocean. He contested current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated claims that radioactive contamination is “under control.” Kan, who was Prime Minister of Japan when the Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred in March, 2011, has become a tireless campaigner on the dangers of nuclear power.
As well as Prime Minister Kan, the Washington event featured Dr. Hironao Matsubara, Chief Researcher of Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) in Tokyo, Japan, Yoshiko Aoki, who has been providing support services to Fukushima residents forced to relocate after the disaster, Nathalie Gysi, Executive Director of Green Cross Switzerland, and Dr. Paul F. Walker, Green Cross International’s Director of Environmental Security & Sustainability.
The speakers touched upon the ongoing Fukushima remediation effort, what amounts to a refugee crisis in the areas surrounding Fukushima, and the disaster’s long-term lessons for energy and regulatory plans in Japan, Europe, the United States, and beyond.
Over a year after a co-project between GCI, GC Sri Lanka and GC Japan to install new infrastructure in the water-scarce village of Pulawala, Sri Lanka in Sep 2015, Mahaoya’s Health Officer has sent a letter of thanks citing the sharp decline in incidences of water-borne diseases following installation of the new facilities. Positive results […]