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To women all over the world

Japanese women have launched a petition to stop the government from exporting nuclear power plants and sending food from disaster areas contaminated with radioactive waste as aid to developing countries.

Re: An Appeal from Japanese women to aim for a safe and secure world for our children without nuclear power plants and without fear of radioactive contamination

We plan to petition the Japanese government in an effort to stop "Exporting Nuclear Power Plants Overseas" and to stop "Exporting ODA Processed Food from the contaminated Disaster Areas "


The Japanese government (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) is still going ahead with plans to export Nuclear Power Plants to Vietnam, Lithuania, Turkey, and Jordan even though the accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power Plant is not yet under control.

We learned from the accident that there is not 100% safety mechanism and if a big accident is occurred, it destroys people's life completely. Many Fukushima people have been deprived their lands, houses, jobs domestic animals and many other things as well. In Fukushima many children cannot play at the outdoor playground because of high-level radiation levels.

We don't want any more people, and especially any more children, anywhere in the world to have this kind of experiences.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs applied for a budget 65 million dollars for this purpose under ODA (Official Development Assistance) and they are planning to offer processed food such as canned Tuna from disaster areas (mainly Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate) to developing countries. According to the government, the processed foods will comply with Japan’s guidelines for maximum permitted levels of radioactive substances for foodstuffs. However, we worry about the guidelines because after the accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant the government increased the maximum upper limit for the radiation levels for water, milk and other drinks to 200Bq/L for cesium (in USA it is 0.111 Bq/liter; WHO standard 10 Bq/L) and 300Bq/L for iodine, and that for food to 500Bq/kg for cesium and 2000bq/kg for iodine (Codex standard 100 B1/L, in USA 170Bq/L).

In Japan now some people, especially mothers are requesting the government to reconsider the guidelines. Mothers and some specialists think that the radiation dosages of the guidelines are too high for children. In fact, even now many countries prohibit to importation of food from Japan because of radioactive contamination.

We will deliver our letter and petition to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano and Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Genba on 4 November 2011.

Please support us and add your name to our joint-signature letter and petition.
If you agree to participate in our joint-signature letter, please e-mail us with the following information: your name, country, organization and message for the Japanese government to ‘[email protected]’ by 1 November 2011.

And also, please use email to send your opinions to Japanese politicians or your government.

1. Stop Japan from exporting Nuclear Power Plants to newly developing countries
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda E-mail: [email][email protected]
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano E-mail: [email][email protected]

2. Stop supplying processed food from the contaminated disaster areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake to developing countries as ODA.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda E-mail: [email][email protected]
Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Genba E-mail: [email][email protected]

Japanese women will sit-in in front of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry from 27 October to 5 November with the aim of eliminating all nuclear power plants in Japan.

We have decided we must take action.

Please join us. We will stand together to eliminate Nuclear Power Plants all over the world!

We can live happily without nuclear energy.

Your reply would be appreciated.

With best wishes,

Kaoru Izumi, Director of Shut Tomari, Co-Director of Save Fukushima Children Hokkaido, a former staff of UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Southern and East Africa Office, Zimbabwe and FAO HQ in Rome, and UN World Food Program (WFP) Staff in Zambia Office.

Yukie Tokura, STOP! Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant, a former staff of a Japanese NGO (worked in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Cambodia and Tokyo).

Contact and inquiry: Yukie Tokura, STOP! Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant
E-mail: [email][email protected] Tel: +81-(0)90-4401-8774