All Japanese have to clean up decommissioned nuclear rector?

October 1, 2013 Juju Kurihara 0 Comments

I was scrolling down Facebook page as usual. Between the happy photos, I´d found a small link saying "to all mums, unfortunate announcement". I was curious so I clicked it. 

 It was a blog of a Japanese composer who has become an anti-nuclear plant. 

A few months ago, precisely 21st of June this year, a part of a law was modified. After the catastrophe in 2011, Japanese government issued an Act on Special Measures concerning the pollution of the environment by radioactive materials from nuclear plants damaged by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. Then some people started mentioned about the Article 6 (this wasn´t modified in June this year), which says, 

The Nation´s Duty the Article 6

Japanese citizen has to make efforts to cooperate with the country and local public bodies on the operations related to the environmental pollution from the radioactive substances caused by the incident.  


akagamiThis means all Japanese people have to cooperate on cleaning up the nuclear plant and the parents cannot refuse when a call-up paper comes to their son or daughter. Now this is "to make efforts" but no one knows when this changes to "obligation". 

The photo on the right is a copy of call-up paper, Akagami (赤紙/ red paper in Japanese) during the WII. Young men were taken to the war by this read paper.

With this one piece of paper, any of Japanese citizen have to go to clean up decommissioned nuclear rector? No, not for me nor any of my family or friends. I can´t let them do that. 


My cousin was a security guard in Tokyo Disney Land but his company decided to send him to a nuclear plant in Ibaragi prefecture, the north prefecture of Tokyo. It was after the quake. My cousin said "No" and he was fired. Now he works for a local spa centre and he doesn´t regret refusing that job offer. 

But when this law becomes obligation, he will have to choose between taking the part or going to jail. That´s absurd. Then I´ve found another article in The Japan Times. Apparently Japan didn´t have a concept of "citizen´s right" because "Wa (harmony)" was (or is) so important for Japanese society. Meiji government had to invent a word in order to translate western legal codes. 

Interesting. Then Japanese law only sets obligations and prohibitions over their nation? I thought the Japanese Constitution provides for civil liberties but it seems like it can be twisted in order to become more convenient for the government. I´m not a low expert but I can´t see any of my friends will be happy to send their sons and daughters to clean up Fukushima. And none of the people who were responsible for Fukushima would do it either. Oh, they´ve all moved out Japan. What a coincidence! How can Japanese people stop this?   



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