Posted by: Dr Churchill | February 11, 2012

福島 FUKUSHIMA MY LOVE – Ten Months on New Nuclear Plants approved in the US and China

Today is the 10th month anniversary of the nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant, where the stricken reactors, and the spent fuel rod ponds still emit strong doses of radioactivity, carried to your home by the radioactive plumes and the ill wind that crossed the Pacific and brought it all over America and Europe…

What did we learn from this?

In retrospect it seems like nothing ever happened.

And here is the personal note written by Marika Yoshida, a resident of Fukushima to mark the ten month anniversary day.

When I read her note, I was extremely moved.

When I learned that Marika-san stayed on…  I felt humbled.

I only know her through this note, which is quite simply one of the most eloquent and moving pieces I have read from the Fukushima people, in the past year, and from the talks with people I visited with, in my last four trips there, since the nuclear meltdown…

I have written a lot about wanting to understand the people’s silence in Japan and their stoic reaction to such a preventable catastrophe and their accepting a future with radioactivity and continued nuclear energy generation…

Marika-san’s text helps me to understand all this a little better.

When people ask why I speak so much about the situation in Fukushima, I will show them this note…

I thank her for this, and salute her for her courage, eloquence and for the common decency and humanity which shine through in her words.

Thank you, Marika-san.


Marika-san says:

“” I wrote the note below on Jan. 12, the 10 month anniversary of the nuclear plant disaster. I originally shared it only with limited circles of people. But since quite a number of people want to share it, I decided to edit it into a form of note and make it available more widely.

I decided to preserve it as a note because this feeling is what I could feel only at this moment and I myself felt hesitant to simply let it flow by in the timeline of my social network pages.

On archiving it as a note, I’d like to add a few things.

This is a document of my personal feelings. As I wrote in the text, I have no intention to represent something or somebody.

I live in Fukushima, but in an area with relatively low radiation level. I am sure that there are many people who chose or were forced to choose to remain and live in areas with greater dangers. Reading this note, some people may feel offended because they might think that I live in a “safer” area and am “overreacting.” In that case, please simply delete my note.

No matter how people say my area is “safe,” I am still scared. And angry. And worried. It’s probably not just the matter of radiation level, but my fear, anger, and worries have been created because the information provided as the “facts” have been overturned and changed many times. Those honest feelings exist in my mind no matter how people try to deny them. Only after recognizing those feelings, I believe that we can overcome and sublimate this experience.

“To live in Fukushima

My living in Fukushima

To live in Fukushima, to me

It means, no more opening the window and taking a deep breath every morning

It means, no more drying our laundry outside

It means, to discard the vegetables grown in our garden

It means, to feel a pang at the sight of my daughter leaving the house with a mask and a radiation dosimeter on, without even being told…

It means, not to be able to touch this whitest snow

It means, to get slightly irritated sometimes when I hear the “Fight on, Fukushima” slogan

It means, to notice that I became to breathe shallowly

It means, to tell someone that I live in Fukushima and not be able to help adding “but our area’s radiation is still low…”

It means, to feel that now exist a 福島 (Fukushima in Chinese characters) and FUKUSHIMA

It means, to get angry when someone tells us to “stay” feeling “What do you think of our lives?,” and to get angry when someone tells us to “flee” feeling “Don’t say it so easily! It’s not that simple!”

It means, to worry if my 6-year-old girl can get married in the future

It means, to feel like abandoning my responsibilities for having chosen to live in Fukushima

It means, to renew a deep understanding in my gut every morning that our daily lives stand on the thin-ice-like “safety,” which is kept on the sacrifices and efforts of others.

It means, to think every night that I might have to leave this house tomorrow and go far away

It means, to still pray every night that we could live in this house tomorrow

First and foremost, I pray for the health and happiness of my daughter

I cannot forget that black smoke

I want someone to understand that we still live happily more or less, nonetheless

I get furious, everyday

I pray, everyday

I have no intention to represent Fukushima.

This is what to live in Fukushima means to me, only to me.

Today is the 10-month anniversary for Fukushima. ”




Almost ten months have gone by without any progress in burying the Fukushima reactors…

This winter is particularly harsh. The snow is falling hard on Fukushima.

The photograph above symbolizes nuclear winter — not different at all from your winter. Just that nuclear radiation is an invisible, insipid and obscene terror – just there – everywhere, in the driven snow of Fukushima prefecture.

Still the three Fukushima Daichi nuclear reactors that experienced full nuclear melt down in Fukushima have not been stabilized.

They have not been buried and are still emitting radioactivity…

Today we are still talking about nuclear renaissance…

The United States plans to issue up to 20 – TWENTY – new nuclear plant permits in the continental US.

China is not far behind with 12 – TWELVE – new nuclear plants in the pipeline…

Many other countries around the world are planning, financing and building new nuclear energy factories — today.

Iran and North Korea are two such examples that also have the desire to built nuclear weapons and ballistic delivery systems.

Turkey, Syria, Algeria, and many others are not far behind…

As of a few days ago, the Doomsday clock has moved closer to midnight…

With the new nuclear plant permits in the US it will surely move closer yet again.


Fukushima *


 The above is the new flag of Fukushima Prefecture because one sees this everywhere you go around Fukushima…On playgrounds of schools, on fields of vegetables, on rice paddies, in the forests, and on houses and buildings all around.Rightfully and frighteningly sobering this symbol of nuclear radiation is the now the De Facto new flag of Fukushima…
Yet apparently, many others haven’t learned a single thing since this disaster…

Because yesterday, the United States nuclear energy government regulators, authorized plans to construct America’s first nuclear reactor power plant in well over three decades. After almost forty years without a new nuclear plant built in the US,  because of the Three Mile Nuclear energy factory melt-down disaster in Pennsylvania, and despite concerns stemming from Japan’s early May 2011 gigantic nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant — the US approved the construction of New Nuclear plants in Georgia…

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission decided to grant the Southern Power Company a license to begin operating two new reactors at its existing Vogtle plant in Georgia, which will cost about $15-25 Billion US dollars, and are expected to enter service as early as 2015-2016.

This despite and regardless of the fact that the existing Vogtle plants have been rattled with many small accidents over the years…

As we are entering the ten month anniversary from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, we are now facing a new uphill battle all over again…

Where does it show that we’ve learned something from this disaster?

We are doubling down on the catastrophe and increasing our bets with new nuclear power instead of stopping all new construction and taking a long hard look to see where we are and which way we want our future to go…

This nuclear energy renaissance path is suicidal…

Are we an intelligent species or just bound to topple over like the Dinosaurs?

Only in our case, strictly speaking, we might just disappear because of our own wrongdoing.

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