Geert Lovink on Tue, 12 Jun 2012 22:34:08 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Call to Action from Japan

Dear Friends,

The Japanese Prime Minister Noda has announced his decision to order
the restart two nuclear reactors in the town of Ohi in the prefecture
of Fukui in Western Japan. He also claimed that nuclear energy will
remain an important source of energy for Japan also in the future,
thereby reconfirming Japans nuclear energy policy.

Despite all our efforts, despite the strong resistance in the region of
Western Japan surrounding Ohi, and despite the fact that a majority of
the Japanese people is against nuclear power, the Japanese government
is bowing to pressures of the nuclear lobby in Japan. We have tried
hard on our own, but now we believe that coordinated international
pressure on the Japan government is essential to bring on real and
substantial change. We believe that the Japanese government and the
Japanese public will react very sensitively to international pressure,
so we wish to ask you for your support to initiate and coordinate
international protest against the Japanese government.

Specifically we suggest the following action within the following days
(preferably on Wednesday to Friday this week / June 13~15, 2012):

1. Please assemble in front of the Japanese embassies in your capital
to voice your protest against the decision and policy of Prime Minister

2. Please try to submit a letter of protest -addressed to Prime
Minister Noda- to the Japanese Ambassador in your country and request
the Japanese Ambassador to forward this letter of protest to the
Japanese Prime Minister.

3. Please try to seek coverage of this action by your local and
international media, especially Japanese media, as well as on the

4. Please give us notice about your planned action, so we can organize
a press event in Japan to reinforce your message to the Japanese

Please note that we wish these protests to be absolutely civil and
peaceful, and to fully observe the sovereign rights of the Japanese
embassies abroad.

A draft letter of protest is attached, so you just need to sign it.

We thank you for your support.

Japan, June 11th, 2012

Hideyuki BAN, Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center (CNIC)
Kanna MITSUTA, FoE Japan
Aileen Mioko SMITH, Green Action
Daisuke SATO, No Nukes Asia Forum
Akira KAWASAKI, Peace Boat
Kaori IZUMI, Shut Tomari

Contact: info(at)

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