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12:30 Skype talk / “The Situation in Fukushima and Japan’s Energy Policy” by Akiko Yoshida, FoE (Friends of the Earth) Japan

Day by day, our memories of and our interest in the Tohoku Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident are fading. However, even now, around 120,000 people from Fukushima Prefecture alone are still under evacuation. Many of them live in inadequate temporary houses, suffer anxiety and stress from their lives with an uncertain future and face problems such as cancellation or devaluation of their compensation. At the same time, people who remain in the affected areas also have many problems such as high radiation exposure, decontamination, compensation and reconstruction of their lives and community.

In Hope Step Japan!2015 we will listen to a presentation via skype by Ms. Yoshida, active campaigner for the environmental NGO FoE Japan, who worked for the rights of victims of the Fukushima nuclear accident and for a post-Fukushima energy policy in close contact with the affected areas. Especially, she will talk about the hot issues through the eyes of this NGO, such as the current situation of victims’ lives and affected areas, Fukushima Prefectural Health Research, the history and current state of “Nuclear Accident Children and Victims Act” established in 2012.  We heartily welcome an audience who are interested in the past, present and future of the affected areas.

Akiko Yoshida Friends of the Earth Japan, climate & energy campaigner since 2007. In charge of Fukushima and nuclear issues after 2011. Also coordinating “e-shift”, a citizen’s network for energy policy change and nuclear phase out. www.foejapan.org/en