Saturday, October 21, 2017
At No Nukes Rally in Hokkaido, October 9th Severe criticism of forces in favor of revising the Constitution
On October 8-9, 2017, I took part in a rally calling for “No Nukes in Hokkaido,” which was held in Odori street, Sapporo.
Under a clear autumn sky, participants numbered 2,200 (according to the organizers).
In the rally, ONO Yugo, a professor emeritus at Hokkaido University, reported on the current situation of the controversial Tomari Nuclear Power Station. Referring to the fact that the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRC) has finally acknowledged that the faults found near the nuclear plant could be active, the professor explained the development of the issue. ”Now that the NRC has turned down the argument by Hokkaido Electric Power Co. Ltd, that is, that the fault in question is not active, I firmly believe the nuclear plant will never be restarted.”
NISHIO Masamichi, Honorary Director of Hokkaido Cancer Center joined in the criticism, saying the “Party of Hope (led by Tokyo Gov. Koike) is a Party of Despair. It is, after all, a Koike faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.”
ASADA Shinji, Chief Director of Hokkaido Consumers’ Cooperative, provided covering fire. “I denounce the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets, the Security Acts, and the Conspiracy Act, and I call for the abolition of the Major Crops Seed Law, which can threaten our food safety but has received little attention from the public. Prime Minister Abe calls for military provocation against North Korea, and he is holding a snap election in the name of dispelling the national crisis. But the truth is that the national crisis was created by Prime Minister Abe himself.” (Kurogane Ko)