3/11 – Fukushima at 13 – California Connections

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Thirteen and Counting…
This is the thirteenth anniversary of the triple reactor meltdown at Fukushima, Japan that launched the 13-year production of our award-winning feature documentary SOS – The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power’s Legacy. It is an opportunity to consider some of the lessons, both learned and unlearned from that pivotal event.

In remembrance of all the lives that have been lost, and all the lives that have been changed by that still on-going disaster, here is a suite of resources exploring some of the many Fukushima – California connections.

It’s imperative that as many people as possible learn the truth about these tragic meltdowns.  Unfortunately, Japan, the most earthquake afflicted country in the world, is re-starting many of their nuclear power plants that were shut down after 3-11-11.  They have already reopened 10 and want to reopen more in their country that’s around the same size as California.  Japan also wants to develop ‘small’ modular nuclear reactors.

Currently the U.S. is leading the global push to build another generation of nuclear power reactors, despite the risk of increasing the proliferation of nuclear weapons as a result.  Additionally, there’s no solution yet in sight for safely managing the intensely radioactive waste.

Previous nuclear disasters like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and the horrendous flooding with uranium mining waste of the Puerco River in Church Rock, New Mexico in 1979, were caused by human failures. . The accident remains the largest release of radioactive material in U.S.  No earthquake or tsunamis were needed.  This devastating technology must be stopped.

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https://sanonofresyndrome.com/3-11-fukushima-california-connection

A Fukushima Survivor’s Story – Setsuko Kida

Japanese activist Setsuko Kida – who lost her home, her land, and her former life to radioactive pollution from the Fukushima triple meltdown – tells how she overcame personal tragedy and trauma to become an outspoken international advocate for radiation refugee rights.

Fukushima Reflections

This is the first two parts of a projected series of interviews with activists for whom the Fukushima disaster continues to be a life-changing event.

Cathy Iwane has a bi-cultural family that fled their home in Japan to avoid the effects of Fukushima only to land near San Onofre, where she joined the campaign documented in our SOS film. Cathy translated for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan when he spoke in the pivotal meeting that helped shutdown San Onofre. Cathy is now in Japan just 300 miles from Fukushima.

Gary Headrick co-founded San Clemente Green with his partner Laurie Headrick. Gary has been key organizer in the successful campaign to shutdown the San Onofre reactors and is continuing to work on the campaign to manage the plant’s tons of high-level radioactive waste safely and responsibly.

San Clemente Green Newsletter

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/CEP-Meeting-Still-Much-Room-for-Improvement.html?soid=1109660143359&aid=XPMo8g4HbUk

Fukushima Turns 13 in an Ever-More Nuclear World

March 11, 2024

On the thirteenth anniversary of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, two prominent American scholars discuss the event itself and the current socioeconomic circumstances of the individuals impacted by the nuclear catastrophe.

Nuclear Hotseat – Libbe HaLevy

NH #663: SPECIAL: VOICES FROM JAPAN, Fukushima at 13, Quakes + Nukes = Nuclear UNsafety – Beverly Findlay-Kaneko

Fukushima - California Connections - A Series of Reflections After 13 Years

This is the first two parts of a projected series of interviews with activists for whom the Fukushima disaster continues to be a life-changing event.

Pt. 1 - Cathy Iwane is the mother of a bi-cultural family that fled their home in Japan to avoid the effects of Fukushima only to land near San Onofre, where she joined the campaign documented in our SOS film. Cathy translated for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan when he spoke in the pivotal meeting that helped shutdown San Onofre. Cathy is now in Japan just 300 miles from Fukushima.

Pt. 2 - Gary Headrick co-founded San Clemente Green with his partner Laurie Headrick. Gary has been key organizer in the successful campaign to shutdown the San Onofre reactors and is continuing to work on the campaign to manage the plant’s tons of high-level radioactive waste safely and responsibly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_9E8OumIK0

3/11 Fukushima-California Connections Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX5caaJcmImTBwWi8srM9V1eVs4UkzQNL

This unique, historic playlist contains over a decade of EON's video reports documenting the many connections that bind Japanese and California citizens on nuclear issues. In addition to their karmic bonds are their geographic positions on opposite sides of the Pacific 'Rim of Fire,'' their shared risk environment. They're both in earthquake and tsunami country.

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Mary Beth Brangan & James Heddle co-direct EON, the Ecological Options Network. The EON production SOS – The San Onofre Syndrome: Nuclear Power’s Legacy by filmmakers Brangan, Morgan Peterson and Heddle was awarded the Grand Jury Award for Feature Documentary at last October’s Hollywood Awareness Film Festival.  SOS has also garnered the International Uranium Film Festival’s award for Best Educational Documentary.  The film will be made available for international on-line viewing this coming April.