Call for Endorsement of and Participation in the World Social Forum on nuclear power/energy (Tokyo, Japan, March 23-28, 2016)

We are people, citizens, or civic groups opposed to civil or military use of nuclear power/energy.

Our discussion on the Forum kicked off in Japan in October 2014, followed by the one had during the World Social Forum in Tunisia in March 2015, and finally arriving at a conclusion at our meeting during the COP 21 activities in Paris in Nov.-Dec. 2015.  We decided to hold the Thematic World Social Forum on nuclear power/energy in Japan in March 2016 as the first step toward a global people’s movement independent of governments, political parties, religious organizations, profit-making entities, or the like, making the most of our experiences in previous WSFs.  The Forum is planned as follows:

23-28 March 2016
23 (pm): Opening Forum, Korean YMCA
24-25 :  Field Work in Fukushima
26 (daytime): Participation in National Big Rally in Yoyogi Park
26 (evening): Two workshops,  Korean YMCA and Space Tampopo
27: (all day): Five workshops, Korean YMCA and Space Tampopo
28(am): Strategy meeting on our next step (am), Meeting at MPs’ house (pm), and Meeting on exposed work (evening)

The Forum is designed to address nuclear or its related problems not only with nuclear power plants or weapons but also radiation exposure facing workers in uranium extraction or  nuclear power plants.  The disposal of nuclear waste is also a serious problem in all countries concerned with nuclear plants.  Furthermore, once an accident happens at a nuclear plant, it inevitably poses a threat to the lives of people in its surrounding communities, and in addition their towns or villages might  be kept abandoned permanently, as demonstrated by the tragic accidents in Chernobyl and Fukushima.

Since its inception in 2001, the World Social Forum has been in the forefront against neo-liberal globalization or war on “terrorism”, in opposition to which the Forum has assumed an important global role, seeking “another world” free from poverty or war.  The coming Forum is intended to combine what we have been learning and accumulating through our activities or experiences with our movements for forever renouncing nuclear power/energy.

Although Japan is a victim of atomic bombings, or nuclear attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and  the crew on  a ship named Dai-go Fukuryu-maru got exposed to radiation in Bikini in the 1950s, it became one of the advanced nations with nuclear energy.  Furthermore, in spite of the serious nuclear accident in Fukushima in 2011 which compelled tens of thousands of residents to leave their homes, the government still remains unchanged, actively  following the same path by encouraging the re-start of nuclear power plants and the export of nuclear reactors.  Anti-nuclear activists around the globe are posing to us, the Japanese, a tough question of why Japan continues to promote nuclear program despite being a victim attacked by nuclear energy several times.  

Now, we intend to find an answer to such a question, and at the same time we try to combine anti-nuclear activists within Japan with those engaged in similar activities around the world.  Through this gathering, we hope to take a major step toward our global movement for a nuclear-free world.

We would appreciate it very much If you agree with our objective regarding the coming Thematic World Social Forum planned in March, 2016 and endorse and participate in the Forum.

Endorsed by: 
People’s Plan Study Group
The Research Institute Theoria
Occupy METI Tent Square
Cicizen’s Nuclear Information Center(CNIC)
Nuke Plants Re-running blocking National Network
Artists against Occupation
No Nukes Asia Forum Japan
Netowork realising De-contamination
Henoko Relay– Henoko struggle to nationwide
Articulação Antinuclear Brasileira
Coalizão por um Brasil livre de Usinas Nucleares
NPO <Echo Echanges France Japon>
Réseau Sortir du nucléaire

Contact :
Toshimaru Ogura
Kolin Kobayashi