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opposing the Japan-India Nuclear Agreement.
The petitions were endorsed by 209 groups and 985 individuals and delivered to the respective Prime Ministers. Thank you.
On the 14th, the day before the Prime Ministers were to meet, it was announced that Prime Minister Singh's visit had been cancelled. However through actions on the 15th and 16th we were able to clearly communicate citizens' strong opposition to nuclear cooperation between Japan and India..
Many people attended an urgently called public meeting on the 15th and a demonstration in front of the Japanese Prime Minister's residence on the 16th.
Prime Ministers Noda and Singh held discussions for 20 minutes during the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia on the 20th. I doubt if progress was made towards a nuclear agreement, but it is important to continue monitoring the situation in order to prevent Japan from exporting nuclear power plants to India.
No Nukes Asia Forum Japan
Find out the reality of the Fukushima accident, stop oppressing your own people, and abandon nukes!
To Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Hearing that you would be visiting Japan from November 15 to 18, we are extremely worried that discussions are going to be held on developments in a Japan-India nuclear power cooperation agreement. We are strongly opposed to such an agreement.
Many people expressed their concern about a Japan-India nuclear power cooperation agreement at the time of your visit to Japan in 2010 as well. The reasons so many people opposed an agreement between our two countries at that time are as follows.
India, although it is a nuclear power, has joined neither the NPT nor the CTBT. Furthermore, in the amendment of the guidelines worked out in the Nuclear Suppliers Group permitting special measures for India, it did not commit itself to not carrying out nuclear testing in the future. It also has only allowed limited inspections by the IAEA to verify that it is not converting nuclear material produced in India for manufacture of nuclear weapons.
We protest in the strongest terms that now, two years later and with nothing done to address the above concerns, Japan and India are pushing ahead on a nuclear power agreement. We have experienced the Fukushima nuclear accident and are vividly confronted every day with the reality of what a catastrophic accident does to human life and to nature.
If you have come to Japan to promote a nuclear power agreement, don’t confine your discussions to the high and mighty in Tokyo, go to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and visit the peace museums there. Listen to the experiences of the hibakusha. And by all means go to Fukushima. Find out how people are trying to live with the 4 reactors emitting radioactive material around them; find out the horrendous conditions of radiation exposure that the thousands of workers trying to contain the accident must endure, and learn what has happened to the seas, the forests and the farm land. If you do that, we think that you will change your mind.
It is inexcusable for the Indian government, which has closed its eyes to the inhumanity of nuclear weapons and nuclear power, to crack down as it is on the people in various parts of India who are opposed to nuclear power. The massive repression of people opposing the Koodankulam nuclear power plants on September 9 was reported throughout the world. Ignoring the concerns of the people, concealing information, circumventing democratic procedures, and collusion between pro-nuclear organizations and nuclear oversight organizations are factors that contribute to nuclear accidents.
Nuclear power is clearly an industry in decline and it is incompatible with democracy. Japanese people who have experienced the Fukushima accident are strongly opposed to the export of nuclear power plants to other countries. We demand the following.
Do not engage in any talks whatsoever aimed at a Japan-India nuclear power cooperation agreement.
Immediately stop repressing people in India who are opposed to nuclear power plants.
Abandon operation of the Koodankulam nuclear power plants and immediately start decommissioning it.
Stop the import of nuclear plants from abroad and the construction of new facilities.
Demand that negotiations on a Japan-India nuclear power cooperation agreement not be held
To Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko,
Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh will be in Japan from November 15 to 18 and will hold talks with you. We strongly demand that you engage in no talks of any sort directed toward a Japan-India nuclear power cooperation agreement.
India is a nuclear power that used heavy water reactors from Canada to manufacture nuclear weapons and which conducted nuclear tests. But it has joined neither the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty nor the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
Furthermore, India has almost everything in the nuclear fuel cycle, from uranium mines to reprocessing facilities, but there are already numerous reports of damage to health and human rights violations in the areas around its uranium mines, nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities.
No information whatsoever has been made public regarding construction of new nuclear power plants and the claims of the local residents have been totally ignored. As the tragedy that occurred in September at the Koodankulam nuclear power plants in the south coast, the situation is such that construction can go ahead only with the Indian government violently cracking down on residents opposed to the plant.
Furthermore, when India was made to agree to specific measures by the Nuclear Suppliers Group, India did not promise not to conduct nuclear weapons testing in the future, and it only agreed to limited International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards for preventing the conversion of nuclear material for use in weapons productions.
The Japanese government is hastily pursuing a nuclear power agreement with India because it does not want to miss out on business opportunities in India, one of the most lucrative nuclear power markets in the world. In 2010, when it became clear that it was pursuing talks toward a nuclear power agreement with India, the government was harshly criticized in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and all over Japan for “putting business before the prevention of nuclear proliferation.”
And now, in the midst of the ongoing catastrophe of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, we are calling on you in even stronger terms.
A nuclear power agreement with India means throwing to the winds our responsibilities as a country that has been the victim of atomic bombings. In no way can we permit moves to export nuclear power while radioactive material is even now still being emitted from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, workers at the plant are still being exposed to radiation, and countless other people are suffering from the accident. We demand that the Japanese government cease all efforts to pursue a nuclear power agreement with India and engage in no negotiations to that end.
November 15, 2012
All Japan Dockworkers'Union - Nishinari center Branch
All Japan Dockworkers'Union - Osaka Branch
Anger reach heaven
Asian Wide Campaign
Association of the 2nd Generation of A-bomb Survivors
Campaign for Nuclear-free Japan
Chofu Congress against A- and H-Bombs
Citizen's Nuclear Information Center
Datsugenpatsu de ikitai onnatachi･Toyonaka
Echo-Echanges ONG France-Japon
FEMIN WOMEN'S DEMOCRATIC CLUB
Fukushima Children's Fund
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Emergency Action Network
Genpatu wa Gomenda Hiroshima Simin no Kai
Global Peace Campaign
Hairo Action Fukushima
Hansen Hanhinkon Hannsabetu Kyoudoukoudou Kyoto
Harmonics Life Center
Humanist Association of Hong Kong
Independent Salzburg Platform Against Nuclear Dangers
Japan Congress against A- and H-Bombs
Jubilee Kansai Network
kodomo no Jinken to kyoukasyo no monndai wo kanngaeru Niihama no Kai
LIBERA ESPERANTO-ASOCIO en HOKKAJDO
Network for Indonesian Democracy, Japan
No Nukes Actions（カリフォルニア）
No Nukes Asia Actions
No Nukes Asia Forum Japan
NO! nuclear plant Mie Network
NO! nuclear plant Shimonoseki Network
Osaka Citizens against the Mihama, Oi and Takahama Nuclear Power Plants
People’s Research Institute on Energy and Environment
Plutonium Action Hiroshima
Plutonium Free Communication Kanagawa
Plutonium nanteilanaiyo! tokyo
Sayounara Kasiwazaki,kariwa Genpatu Project
Sizen no Hi wo Tomosi Genpatu wo Houmuru Kai
Stop Nukewaste Campaign, Chubu
STOP Plutonium! Fukushima
Stop The Monju
Taiwan Environmental Protection Union
Tatebayashi Citizens' network for Climete-Change
Toukyoudenryoku totomoni datugenpatu wo mezasukai
Voice of Hiroshima
Wakasa Rentai Koudou Network
Walhi Kepulauan Bangka Belitung
Zensekiyu Showa Shell Labor Union
ふろむ・あーす ＆ カフェ・オハナ
209 organizations, 985 individuals