Nonukes World Social Forum (March, 2016)


World Social Forum was launched in Japan once in 2014. This year, World Social Forum is back to Japan on the theme of nuclear power/energy. The organizer calls for endorsement of and participation in the World Social Forum on nuclear power/energy . The conference will be held in Tokyo, from 23 March to 28 March. More details and materials are coming. Please, stay tuned.

 

 

Here is the schedule of the conference:  23-28 March 2016

 

Main venue(fixed)
YMCA Asia Youth Center YMCA hotel(Korean YMCA) in Tokyo http://www.ymcajapan.org/ayc/hotel/en/index.html
2-5-5 Sarugaku-Cho,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo 101-0064 JAPAN
Tel : 81+(0)3-3233-0611 Fax : 03-3233-0633

Side venue(fixed and possibly venue will be added if necessary)
Space Tanpopo(No Nukes Plaza)  http://www.tanpoposya.net/main/index.php?id=563
2-6-2 Dainamikku Biru 5F, Misakicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
* It takes 10 or 15 minutes on walk from main venue.

Participation fee:
Through ticket available for all sessions except Fukushima field work: 2000 yen
Single ticket available for only one session: 1000 yen
* Those unemployed, financially-strapped or in trouble may be discounted.
* For Fukushima filed work, please contact the Secretariat.
For more information, please contact the Secretariat:
toshi [email protected]

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Opening Forum
Date & Time: March 23, 18:30-21:00
Venue: International Hall (on 9th floor) of Korean YMCA in Japan
Speakers: Chico WHITAKER (Brazil, one of Co-founders of WSF), and others
Interpreters : English to/from Japanese, English to/from French, French to/from Japanese, Russian to/from Japanese

 

Field Work in Fukushima, March 24 and 25

Fukushima Gathering
March 24(Thurs)18:00 – 21:00
Main Conference Room on the 3rd floor (2th in a European way)  of the Labor Welfare Hall in Iwaki City
Speakers: KOWATA Masumi (Member of Okuma Town Council), SATO Kazuyoshi (Former Member of Iwaki City Council), KATSURA Takeshi (Iwaki Independent Trade Union), Participants from No Nukes Asia Forum (South Korea, Turkey, etc.), Mykola VOZNIEK and Valentyn GERMANCHUK (Former workers in charge of cleaning up the Chernobyl accident, Ukraine), Bernard LAPONCHE (Reactor Physician, Former official of French Atomic Energy Commission and French Environment and Energy Management Agency, France)
Interpreters : English to/from Japanese, English to/from French, French to/from Japanese, Russian to/from Japanese

On 24 nighte. Stay in Yumoto in Fukushima.
on 25 morning and early afternoon.
We visit Iwaki Radiation Measuring Center, Tarachinne and other activist organizations in Iwaki, then return to Tokyo. Iwaki Radiation Measuring Center
English: http://www.iwakisokuteishitu.com/english/index.html
French: http://www.iwakisokuteishitu.com/french12/index.html
participation fee is 12000yen including transportation and hotel fee.

* Unfortunately, applications for participation in Fukushima field work closed because the cars achieved full occupancy. However, you can join in a gathering in Iwaki by getting there by yourself or otherwise.

 

Join ‘National Big Rally 3.26 – Toward a future without nuclear power plants!’, and Run a stall
Date & Time: March 26, 11:00-14:40
Venue: Yoyogi Park, Tokyo (Start demonstration at 14:40)
Description of our participation: We run a stall at the site, and a few overseas delegates are expected to speak on the stage. We join in the demonstration starting at 14:40.
interpreters : to be prepared

 

Session 1 Show a film ‘Sacrifice’ and Welcome its director
Date & Time: March 26, 19:00-21:00
Venue: Meeting room 303 on the third floor of Korean YMCA in Japan
Speakers: Wladimir TCHERTKOFF (Director of ‘Where is the truth?’ and ‘Sacrifice’, Italian)

Description: The ‘Sacrifice’ is a documentary film where subsequent health hazards borne by workers involved in cleaning up the Chernobyl accident are tracked. Its director TCHERTKOFF talks about radiation and health hazards he had been seeing for a long period of shooting.
interpreters : English to/from Japanese, English to/from French, French to/from Japanese

 

Session 2 Considering in terms of climate justice the talks in COP21, and problems around re-start of reactors
Organized by International Network Committee, ATTAC Japan
Date & Time: March 26, 18:00-20:30
Venue: Space Tampopo
Speakers: ASUKA Jusen (Researcher of environment and energy policies, Tohoku University), KASUGA Shô (Researcher of science, technology and society, ATTAC Kansai), Bernard LAPONCHE (Reactor physician, former official of French Atomic Energy Commission, former official of French Environment and Energy Management Agency), Jacqueline Balvet (ATTAC France)
Description: We see not a few developing countries, regions and people there most affected by climate change. We wonder how much the principle of CBDR & RC, or Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities, described in the UN Convention was implemented in the Paris Accord on Dec. 12. We’ll look into the negotiation and its outcome in terms of climate justice, and in addition, we’ll verify that re-start of reactors will never be part of policies or efforts against global warming.
Interpreters : English to/from Japanese, English to/from French, French to/from Japanese

 

Session 3 Outcry from Asians: Don’t Export reactors!
Organized by No Nukes Asia Forum
Date & Time: March 27, 10:00-12:30
Venue: Space Y (Hall in the basement) of Korean YMCA in Japan
Speakers: Metin GÜRBÜZ (Sinop Anti-Nuclear Platform, Turkey), Pinar DEMIRCAN (nukleersiz, Turkey), Lalita RAMDAS (Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, India), Amirtharaj STEPHEN(National Alliance of Anti-Nuclear Movement, India), LEE Heonseok (Energy Justice Action, South Korea), Corazon FABROS(Nuclear-Free Philippines Coalition, Philippines), and others

Description: The Western nuclear industry stalled in their own countries is strengthening its activities in Asia, fighting for survival. In Japan, problems of reactor export are getting more serious in addition to the new construction of reactors. We here listen to people from countries to be exported to. Then, what we in the exporting country should do against such a situation should be defined here, and we will kick off discussion for blocking reactor export by means of “pincer movement”.
interpreters : to be prepared

 

Session 4 Uncover the crimes in Fukushima and Save lives
Organized by Network for the End of Irradiation
Date & Time: March 27, 13:00-15:30
Venue: Space Y (Hall in the basement) of Korean YMCA in Japan
Speakers: HIDA Shinshû (Photographer who has been taking pictures of Fukushima since the accident particularly), MATSUMOTO Noriko (Mother evacuating from Kôriyama City, Fukushima), YANAGIHARA Toshio (Complainant’s lawyer involved in the case where the complainant maintain that children should not be exposed), and others

Description: The basic principle of the Japanese government after the nuclear accident is to make the accident look smaller. Accordingly, the most damaged are children. This workshop will clarify the true nature of a large-scale crime committed for five years by the government agencies, and make a proposal on a new activity to protect lives of children and victims.
Interpreters : English to/from Japanese, English to/from French, French to/from Japanese

 

Session 5 Why are nuclear power plants being rushed into operation in a country with bitter experience with nuclear catastrophe – Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini, and Fukushima?
Organized by People’s Plan Study Group, Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Emergency Action Network
Date & Time: March 27, 13:00-18:15
Venue: Space Tampopo
Speakers:  MATSUKUBO Hajime (Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center), KATO Kazuo (Representative Director of Bikini Civic Network Yaizu), UKAI Satoshi (Professor of Hitotsubashi University), MUTO Ichiyo (as Commentator, Co-founder of People’s Plan Study Group)

Descripsion : Just before the defeat of Japan, the atomic bomb was dropped by the US on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing indiscriminately in mass, American nuclear tests of hydrogen bomb in Bikini Islands also affected Japanese fishermen, and at last the disaster of Fukushima power plant goes on with release of radioactivity on land, sea and air. In such a situation, and regarding history, why do they want to create the illusion of an urgent need of nuclear restart in Japan? Our debate will focus on how to proceed to fight against this choice.
interpreters : English to/from Japanese, French to/from Japanese

 

Session 6 Exposed work – how is it currently going in France, Ukraine, South Korea and Japan?
Organized by Network for thinking of Exposed Work
Date & Time: March 27, 15:45-18:15
Venue: Space Y (Hall in the basement) of Korean YMCA in Japan
Speakers:  Philippe BILLARD (Former subcontract worker at nuclear plant, France), Mykola VOZNIUK, KIM Doo Cheon (Trade union of non-regular workers at nuclear power plants, South Korea), IKEDA Minoru (Former worker in charge of decontaminating and cleaning the accident up at Fuku-Ichi)

Description: Problems of exposed work, most of which are socially kept in darkness in every country, are usually considered to be not among ones inherent in nuclear power plants. In this workshop, the present situation on them in each country will be reported, and we will pick out common challenges or agenda through discussion.
Interpreters : French to/from Japanese, Russian to/from Japanese

 

Session 7 Ethos and the international nuclear lobbies – Their Ignorance Strategy
Organized by Echo-Exchanges France-Japan
Date & Time: March 27, 18:30-21:00
Venue: Space Y (Hall in the basement) of Korean YMCA in Japan
Speakers: Wladimir TCHERTKOFF, MATSUI Eisuke (Director of Environmental Medicine Laboratory in Gifu), Thierry RIBAULT (Researcher of the National Scientific Research Center, France), Cécile ASANUMA-BRICE (Researcher of urban sociology, Kolin KOBAYASHI (Independent journalist)

Description: Five years have passed since the disaster in Fukushima. We find Fukushima cloaked in ignorance strategy promoted by the international nuclear lobbies and the Japanese authorities as a team. First, the strategy takes a form of risk communication to push a campaign for safety and security, or based on that strategy, dialog seminars, casual tea parties (Fukushima Ethos) or local symposiums are held. This workshop presents the current situation where the international lobbies, which are being made invisible, are controlling Fukushima globally, and check its strategy.

 

International Strategy Meeting
March 28 (Mon) 10:00 – 11:30   Space Tampopo
Description: Following experiences and discussion at this Forum, those present discuss what kind of steps should be taken toward the Following experiences and discussion at this Forum, those present discuss what kind of steps should be taken toward the World Social Forum Montreal 2016 in August.
Interpreters : English to/from Japanese, English to/from French, French to/from Japanese

 

Hall of the Upper House Members’ Office Building ‘No Nukes WSF 2016’ Assembly  + Film showing
Date & Time: March 28, 13:00-16:30
Venue: Hall of the Upper House Members’ Office Building
1) Assembly in the Upper House Members’ Office Building – Outcry from Asians: Don’t Export reactors!
Time: 13:00-14:00
Speakers: Metin GÜRBÜZ (Turkey, Sinop Anti Nuclear Platform), Pinar DEMIRCAN (Turkey, nukleersiz), Lalita Ramdas (India, Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace), Amirtharaj Stephen (India, National Alliance of Anti-Nuclear Movement), and others
Interpreters : English to/from Japanese (to be prepared), French to/from Japanese, Russian to/from Japanese

2) Show the film ‘Where is the truth?’, and exchange opinions.
Time: 14:00-16:30
Speakers : Wladimir TCHERTKOFF (author of the film), Kolin KOBAYASHI(journalist),  MATSUI Eisuke(doctor), Mykola VOZNIUK (Worker for cleaning up after the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine), OISHI Matashichi (Former crew member of Daigo Fukuryumaru which got exposed to radiation released by American H-bomb test in Bikini), and others.

Description: Japan, though the country experienced atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are very active in exporting reactors in quite the reverse of nuclear abolishment. Now we should listen to Asian voices. The film ‘Where is the truth?’ reveals health hazards which appeared in the 15th year of the Chernobyl accident, and that WHO and IAEA have a cover-up constitution contributing to hiding those hazards.
Interpreters : English to/from Japanese (to be prepared), French to/from Japanese, Russian to/from Japanese

 

International Solidarity Symposium for seeking the rights of exposed workers
Organized by Network for thinking of Exposed Work
Date & Time: March 28, 18:30-21:00
Venue: International Hall on 9th floor (8th in British English) of Korean YMCA in Japan
Speakers: Philippe BILLARD (Former subcontract worker at nuclear plant, France), Valentyn GERMANCHUK (Worker for cleaning up after the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine), Lim Don-in (President of Trade Union of Radiation Control at Uljin nuclear plant, South Korea)

Description: Following reports of the workshop ‘Present situation of exposed work issues’ on the previous day, we will discuss our further steps of movements and possible global solidarity movements in terms of labor and safety of exposed workers.
Interpreters : English to/from Japanese (to be prepared), French to/from Japanese, Russian to/from Japanese

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Past Events / Related Information:

 [Videos]

mrs Masumi kowata an activist and the founder of the organisation of women in fukushima

l’énergie nucléaire au japon: Fukushima trailer

20150328 Masumi Kowata – Situation and Perspective of Fukushima at Tunis World Social Forum 2015 

Reporting the current situation of Fukushima(2016.3.27)