Consider the impact the threat of losing $765.2 billion dollars from the world could have in encouraging the Japanese government to take immediate action on moving those 1535 fuel rods to safe storage.
According to Jeff Jones, “boycotts are one of the very few powerful tools of the 99%. They should be used as often as possible. Industry and government HATE boycotts. Why? Because they work.”
Boycotting Japanese products would show solidarity with the people hurt worst by this disaster so far – the Japanese. The immense suffering caused by the triple meltdowns is staggering. The Japanese people have suffered before when atomic weapons were used against them at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We’ve attended commemorations of these tragedies as Denise Anne and I are very close to the Japanese and Japanese-American community in Los Angeles even meeting and befriending a genuine hero who has fought for nuclear disarmament for decades based on his first hand experiences in Japan right after the war.
The Japanese people may not be entirely culpable for the nuclear power gamble its government has taken over the last half century. What happens now, however, is entirely up to them which will be daunting at best considering the cultural and economic challenges the Fukushima fiasco has and will cost. Once-rare anti-nuclear demonstrations against firing back up the country’s nuclear reactors have been impressive even if the vast majority of Japanese aren’t moved enough to register their discontent even as their country is being irradiated.
That wasn’t the case May 22 where protesters in Kitakyushu on the southwestern coast of Japan laid down in the road to stop a convoy of 22 trucks bringing rubble to incinerate from the tsunami-destroyed northeast of Japan where Fukushima is located. Within a week, a massive protest erupted against again in Kitakyushu to stop burning hot debris in its incinerator which was not built to be burning radioactive material.
The Japan nuclear industry/government is not only exporting their radioactivity all over Japan and to us in the form of cars, electronics, fish, seaweed and green tea, it is also exporting it in their radioactive air that comes our way. They are exporting it in the radioactive ocean water that they are dumping at the rate of 1000 tons per day. The Japanese government considers food that is 100 bq/kg as “safe to eat.” That level used to be considered “radioactive waste.” But the government took care of that by simply increasing the level that is considered safe. So that’s the level the Japanese government considers safe and that’s the level of radiation they export to the rest of Japan and to the world.
By spreading the tons and tons of radioactive debris around Japan and paying all the municipalities to incinerate it in garbage incinerators not equipped to filter out radioactivity, the Japanese government is committing a crime against humanity against its own people who, by and large, have acquiesced to getting nuked by their own government. By dumping 1000 tons of radioactive water into our ocean every day and insisting that 100bq/kg levels are safe to eat and thereby selling it to the Japanese people and the world.
On the Canadian and American side, the governments continue to import Japanese goods and our governments are not testing anything. So guess what – you can buy radioactive Japanese seaweed in America! This reporter proved it in April 2012. We tested Nori seaweed that I bought at a west Los Angeles store and found it to be 94.7% higher in radioactivity than the pre-Fukushima sample I also had tested.
It would be a powerful message if the Japanese people and all North Americans told the Japanese government that we are no longer willing to “import” their radioactive fallout. People don’t want to breathe it. People don’t want to eat it. People don’t want to swim in it. People don’t want it to fall down on us when it rains. People don’t want to “import” their Second Fukushima incinerated ash.
People have the power to say – enough – if you keep contaminating Japan and exporting your radioactivity, we will not export our money to you.
Once the Japanese government starts caring about the health of its own people and the health of everyone on the planet, we can start being concerned about their economy.
But then again, people do not want to cause even greater harm to the Japanese people who have already suffered so much that we can’t even imagine. The situation is too critical. The idea has to come directly from individuals and go directly to the government of Japan.
We, the people, could write directly to the Japanese government and promise that if it doesn’t take immediate action to remove the fuel rods from Unit 4, we promise to stop buying from the largest corporations in Japan. And there is only time to go to the person who has the ultimate power – Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel showed the world the power of a head of state. Before Fukushima, her government was planning to extend the life of their nuclear power plants by 12 years. After Merkel saw the catastrophe of Fukushima unfold, she took the oldest 8 reactors immediately offline and made plans to shut down 6 reactors by 2021 and the three newest reactors by 2022. The world can take an example from Germany.
Prime Minister Noda has the same type of power. He alone has the power to order an immediate escalation of the work to remove the fuel rods at Reactor 4.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR
Fukushima is threatening all of Japan and the rest world with the ultimate nuclear contamination of the air, land, food and water. People could still promise Japan that they will not send their money to Japanese corporations if the problem of Unit 4 is not dealt with. In turn, the Japanese corporations must get together and insist that their government work to make reactor 4 safe so that the world will be secure and willing to trade with Japan.
So – is it time to boycott Japanese products from automobiles, sushi, entertainment, high-tech gadgets and any and everything that comes out of Japanese and Japanese-American stores selling products from the Land of the Rising Radiation?
Nearly 70 years after World War II, on March 11, 2011, it seems a new kind of war has been declared on the northern half of the planet with the enemy being nuclear reactors and the hubris of the governments that allowed them in the first place: Japan and the United States.
This war was heralded by six minutes of hellish shaking, the seemingly endless march of merciless waves from the tsunami and the meltdowns of three old reactors built foolishly next to the ocean which then exploded when shaken and smashed apart by by what Japanese nuclear engineers ignored.
But unlike World War II, the belligerents of this world war, the Japanese, American and Canadian governments, among others, are cowards and fools obscenely and blithely blowing off the blatant injury to the planet and its inhabitants caused by this unprecedented series of nuclear disasters at Fukushima-Daiichi.
Aided in this crime against humanity and the environment by much of mainstream media, North Americans, including our friends in Mexico, are left with no warning, no defenses, and no guidance.
We are on our own. But we are not helpless. We can face the perpetrators, foreign and domestic, and tell them that we will not stand for this destruction of the environment and possibly humanity. Common sense, sound science and the will to live free leaving a better planet for future generations cannot be trumped by the forces of greed, repression, ignorance and fear.
Those who fought in World War II are oft referred to as “the greatest generation.” If we do nothing to stop this imminent nuclear catastrophe, we can damn well bet our moniker will be “the most hated generation.” And rightfully so.
But it is not too late to act. A new nuclear-free renaissance is possible through determination and fortitude that can help humanity find its way towards a future free from the unforgivable fire.