Hiroshima to Fukushima


On Sunday, August 5th, in memory of the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan, a special program titled, From Hiroshima to Fukushima took place at the Unitarian Church in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Norma Field, of the University of Chicago, who teaches a class on the subject in the Japanese Studies Department spoke about how a country that was so devastated by a nuclear explosion could have also become the site of devastation by its own nuclear power industry.

Also on the program was Mr. Yamada, co-founder of the Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima (SVCF), a group of of Japanese retirees who have volunteered to do cleanup work to spare younger people exposure to radiation. After a year of ongoing environmental damage and foot-dragging by the Japanese government, the SVCF has decided to ask the American public and the rest of the world to put pressure on their own governments to persuade Japan to permit an international effort to put an end to this disaster.

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