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Remember Fukushima 8 years On

Piccadilly, London. Sat 16 Mar 2019



 Fukushima is still leaking radiation into the sea and seems likely to remain doing so for the foreseeable future

 There are protest vigils outside the Japanese embassy every week

 This protest was on the 8th anniversary of the disaster in 2011

 People handed out leaflets to passers by

 

 Nuclear power is inherently dangerous and even without and mishaps creates large amounts of highly dangerous

 waste which has to be safely stored for perhaps a thousand years. We don't really have technology to do this safely.

 Nuclear material is highly hazardous, and remains so for many years.

 Our nuclear energy program was essentially military, for producing H-bombs, but dressed up as a civil programme

 Rev Sister Yoshie Maruta is the Chief Nun at the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple in Milton Keynes
     
 There are 16.5 million bin bags full of radioactive soil stored at Fukushima

 CND were supporting the protest. Our nuclear power has always been a military programme. We never needed

 nuclear power and it was always going to be expensive if all the costs were taken in to consideration.

 THe only safe nuclear power comes from the nuclear reactions taking place in the sun - so we have sunflowers

 Many of those protesting against nuclear are Japanese - who know the results of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

 

 'Remember Fukushima - Its time to move beyound nuclear' and move to renewable energy sources

 

 'Nuclear Power - No Thanks'

  The Reverend Gyoro Nagase, Buddhist monk at the Battersea Peace Pagoda

 

 The march begins along the pavement on Piccadilly

 

 

 and goes past the Ritz....

 

 
     
  

 I leave the marchers here to photograph other events, catching up with them again later towards the end of

 their rally in Old Palace Yard opposite Parliament. As well as speeches there is poetry and music

 

 

 

 

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