A special award from Japan’s Environment Minister was handed to the most outstanding student at the 18th “Green Lane” Diary Contest at Green Cross Japan’s ceremony in Tokyo on 10 December 2016. Winning students, their teachers and parents gathered from all over Japan – about 600 people in total. Nationwide, around 100,000 students participate in […]
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.
The Green Cross International family is saddened by this weekend’s passing of Mario Soares, former Prime Minister and President of Portugal. He was one of Green Cross’ most active and longstanding Board members, and was still part of the organisation’s honorary Board at the end of his life. Soares was Portugal’s first constitutionally elected prime […]