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’70s activist foresaw nuclear disaster via The Japan Times Online

When the late Shizuko Sakata started distributing the newsletters she wrote in Nagano Prefecture more than 30 years ago to campaign against nuclear power, her daughter, Masako, was not fully supportive.

In a Sept. 18, 1979, newsletter she asked people to carefully question the authorities’ policy, writing, “The government policy to promote nuclear generation in a high-handed manner by ignoring public concerns looks identical to that when Japan rushed into the Pacific War.

“In those days, people were involved in the war without being informed of anything, and they were hurt themselves while hurting people in other countries,” she wrote.

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