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Australian non government organisations’ message to Japan

Statement from Australian National Nuclear Free movement  Representatives from the following non-government environment and health organisations met over the weekend of March 3-4 2012: Environment Centre NT, Conservation Council of Western Australia, Beyond Nuclear Initiative, Friends of the Earth, Japanese for Peace, Medical Association for the Prevention of War, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Footprints for Peace, Australian Conservation Foundation, Greenpeace, Yellowcake Road Collective. The meeting sends this message of support to the people of Japan.

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that lead to the ongoing nuclear emergency at Fukushima, we wish to express our profound sympathy for the people of Japan.

A senior Australian Government official acknowledged last year that “Australian-obligated nuclear material was at the Fukushima Daiichi site and in each of the reactors”[1]. In light of this we express our deep sorrow that uranium from Australia bought by TEPCO is contaminating your sea, water, food chain and community.

On a good day uranium from Australia becomes radioactive waste. On a bad day it becomes nuclear fallout. The human impacts of the Fukushima nuclear emergency are wide ranging and long term. We regret that around 100,000 radiation refugees are displaced by the disaster and unable to return to their homes.

We cannot stop earthquakes and tsunamis. We can – and must – stop nuclear dangers.

Despite the ongoing emergency at Fukushima Australian governments at state and federal levels are pushing ahead with this toxic industry. The two biggest uranium mines in this country: Olympic Dam and Ranger have plans in place for new developments, exploration proposals continue and the Federal Government is working to advance uranium sales deals to India, China and United Arab Emirates.

We are determined to stop sales of uranium from Australia. Uranium mining causes environmental and cultural damage in Australia and leads to long-term damage overseas.

The Japanese nuclear industry has a long history of mismanagement and scandals. Companies exporting uranium to Japan as well as the Australian Government should be held to account for failing to require high levels of accountability and transparency.

We pledge to work together to promote and build a safe renewable energy future. NGOs are working to stop uranium mining in Australia and we support your efforts to phase out nuclear power stations in Japan.

Delegates from Australia recently travelled to Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka and Yokohama including to the Nuclear Power-Free conference strengthening alliances, friendships and links between our countries.

There are many people in Australia who want to continue building these links through joint efforts and future exchanges. Events commemorating one year since the Fukushima emergency are planned around Australia for March 11th (

We commend the efforts of the Japanese anti-nuclear movement working towards the goal of closing all Japanese nuclear reactors and urge the Japanese Government to follow in the footsteps of Germany, Switzerland, Kuwait and Italy and permanently shut down the nuclear power industry.

Our countries are linked by the ocean, our peoples are linked by a history of surviving the impact of the nuclear industry from mining through to nuclear bombs and we are linked through a shared hope for a nuclear free future.

[1]    Australia, Committees 2011, Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, page 9 accessed 03/03/12 at:

March 8, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Opposition to nuclear |

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