Fukushima Mothers and Activists Face Eviction
For immediate release
26 January 2012
Contact: Yukiko Takahashi Tel: +81-70-6473-1947 (In Japanese)
81-70-6473-1947 (In English)
On Friday, January 27th, the tent occupation in front of METI in Tokyo faces eviction by order of minister Yukio Edano. The eviction order follows a controversial public meeting where government officials met with nuclear industry personnel to discuss nuclear power plant restarts, while attempting to exclude the public from the meeting. Concerned citizens who registered to attend the meeting were forcefully removed and the meeting took place behind closed doors.
The tent occupation in front of METI has lasted over 4 months through the support of women from Fukushima, and many others around Japan who oppose nuclear power. People from all over the world have visited the occupation to show their support and learn about issues surrounding nuclear power post March 11th, including the severe conditions that people in Fukushima continue to face. Currently, women of Fukushima are in the process of a "10 month 10 day" 24-hour sit-in to protest against nuclear power and the government's mismanagement of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster that continues today.
An emergency press conference will be held on January 27th at 1pm at the Japan Federation of Bar Associations’ Building, Room 1006. (Access: http://www.nichibenren.or.jp/jfba_info/organization/map.html ) This will be followed by a demonstration at the tent occupation from 4pm to 6pm, the hours of the eviction deadline.
Please email, telephone fax minister Edano and METI ( the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) to retract the eviction order.
METI (TEL) +81-3-3501-1609
METI Public Relations (FAX) +81-3-3501-6942
METI Minister Yukio Edano