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Nagasaki-Hanford Bridge Project via CORE

Nagasaki-Hanford Bridge Project: Joining the Victims of Production and Use of Nuclear Weapons


Consequences of Radiation Exposure (CORE), a Washington State nonprofit, is planning a historic mission by a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb to meet with people living near the Hanford Site, where the plutonium for that bomb was produced. The radiation released by the detonation over Nagasaki and from plutonium production in Hanford have resulted in cancers and a host of disabling illnesses among survivors in both locations. In order to make this meeting a reality, we ask you to make a donation of any size to help us build on a $3000 grant provided by the City of Nagasaki to support this mission of peace.


What makes this meeting vital? The average Nagasaki survivor (hibakusha) is now over 80 years old. This is likely to be the last chance for a hibakusha to travel to Hanford, where plutonium was produced from World War II throughout the Cold War, contaminating workers as well as downwind, downstream communities. Real-time, face-to-face sharing of personal stories in public fora and classroom settings represents an unparalleled opportunity to educate minds and hearts about the devastating human toll of exposure to ionizing radiation that continues to haunt people on both sides of the Pacific.


We are working with Professors Shampa Biswas and Jason Pribilsky of Whitman College in Walla Walla and World Citizens for Peace, based in Richland, to organize venues for this visit. Fallout released from Hanford made Walla Walla a geographic radioactive “hot spot,” while  Richland is the town closest to Hanford. We also hope to coordinate with artist Glenna Cole Allee for her installation project including photographs of the Hanford Site and sound collages of interviews with impacted Hanford downwinders, including scientists, workers,  and Native Americans. Additionally, we will organize screenings of Japanese documentarian Hitomi Kamanaka’s 2003 work, Hibakusha at the End of the World, which draws together post-Gulf War Iraq, Hanford, Nagasaki, and Hiroshima. Finally, we will work with journalists and social media to share the fruits of this mission. We believe this is of special importance at this time when, once again, we are surrounded by alarming talk of potential nuclear war.


The $3K will be applied to the hibakusha’s journey from Nagasaki-Tokyo-Seattle and back. We are asking you to help us raise an additional $3K to cover hotel stays, meals, incidentals, including travel health insurance for the hibakusha as well as the graduate student volunteering to accompany him from Nagasaki, costs for the installation artist, and travel for the mission organizers.


Please support this important mission by making a tax-deductible contribution at


You can also send your donation as a check made out to CORE to CORE/ c/o 3711 47th Pl NE, Seattle, WA 98105. And please send this appeal to friends whom you think might be interested. For more information, please contact Norma Field at


Sincerely yours,


Trisha Pritikin (CORE president; attorney, downwinder, and author of the forthcoming book, The Plaintiffs: Hanford Downwind)


Yuki Miyamoto (CORE board member, associate professor, Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University, author of Beyond the Mushroom Cloud: Commemoration, Religion, and Responsibility after Hiroshima and second-generation hibakusha)


Norma Field (CORE board member, professor emerita, University of Chicago; researcher and teacher on the global nuclear age with current focus on Fukushima)

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EDITORIAL: Japan should not pursue nuke fuel reprocessing despite U.S. OK via The Asahi Shimbun

Japan’s agreement with the United States on bilateral cooperation in civilian uses of nuclear power will be automatically renewed when its 30-year term expires in July.

As neither of the two governments sought to renegotiate the deal half a year prior to the expiration date, the current agreement will remain in place as is.

All of Japan’s nuclear power projects, from nuclear power plants to research and development projects concerning atomic energy, are based on this agreement.

The most notable feature of the pact is that it allows Japan to reprocess spent fuel from nuclear power plants to extract plutonium.

But the fact that the agreement allows Japan to reprocess spent nuclear fuel should not be used by the Japanese government as a pretext for pursuing a reprocessing program.

Japan already has enough plutonium to make some 6,000 atomic bombs similar to the one dropped on Nagasaki in August 1945.

Japan has no plausible plan to reduce its stockpile.


In 2015, Japan decided to decommission the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor. The decision has effectively destroyed Japan’s hopes of establishing a nuclear fuel recycling system.

Japan currently has some 47 tons of plutonium including amounts extracted in Britain and France for Japan under reprocessing contracts.

The Japanese government and the power industry entertain the idea of mixing such plutonium with uranium for burning in ordinary reactors. But most of the operable nuclear reactors in Japan have been offline since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Under the U.N. Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Japan is the only country without nuclear arms that is allowed to reprocess spent nuclear fuel.


Japan should start serious and concrete efforts to reduce its stockpile of plutonium in line with its international promise not to hold any surplus plutonium.

Transferring the material to Britain and France and asking the United States to develop a viable disposable method are ideas that merit serious consideration.

The reprocessing plant in Rokkasho was originally scheduled to be completed in 1997. But the time frame was moved back again late last year, by some three more years to the first half of fiscal 2021, in the 23rd postponement.

The project has been plagued by a slew of problems and troubles and the estimated construction cost has nearly quadrupled from the original estimate to 2.9 trillion yen ($26.12 billion).

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Japan and US to extend civilian nuclear pact via Nikkei Asian Review

American stance eases under Trump

WASHINGTON — The U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement with Japan will automatically be extended this summer as neither party seeks to renegotiate the deal.

First put into effect in 1988, the pact permits Japan to use plutonium for peaceful purposes. After the initial 30-year period, the agreement automatically renews unless one or both sides seek to renegotiate or terminate the deal within six months of the July 16 expiration date.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson said Tuesday that Washington has no intention of canceling the agreement or seeking a new one. Tokyo is also not pursuing any changes.


Senior officials in the Barack Obama administration had expressed misgivings about Japan retaining significant amounts of plutonium, considering its potential use to make nuclear weapons.

But the current administration under President Donald Trump is centering its nuclear strategy on expanding the role of nuclear weapons. No objections have come out regarding Japan’s nuclear fuel recycle project, which extracts plutonium from spent fuel for use in nuclear power plants.

Japan is the only state without nuclear weapons to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement that allows fuel recycling and other civilian activities. Without this deal, Japan would have to sign separate agreements with the U.S. authorizing each part of the recycling process.

Considering such an outcome would effectively cripple Japan’s fuel recycling program, Tokyo has sought to maintain the nuclear pact.


That leaves the nation possessing about 47 tons of plutonium at home and abroad, enough to produce around 6,000 atomic bombs. If the Rokkasho reprocessing plant is completed in 2021, it would produce up to 8 tons of fresh plutonium a year. This raises concerns about the potential for excess stockpiles.

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日米原子力協定の延長決定 via 東京新聞






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英学生、復興実感「自分の目で現状を」 福島大生らと意見交換 via 福島民友





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Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor via Newsday

TOKYO – (AP) — The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says a long telescopic probe has successfully captured images of some melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing crucial information for its cleanup.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday the fishing rod-like device carrying a camera went deep into the plant’s Unit 2 primary containment vessel. The images showed that at least part of the fuel breached the core, falling to the vessel’s floor.

Melted fuel has previously only been documented inside Unit 3.

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福島第一原発2号機に燃料デブリと見られる堆積物 via NHK News Web






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福島米 全袋検査縮小へ…20年にも 避難解除地域除き via 毎日新聞






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ご存知ですか? 1月19日は原子力空母エンタープライズが佐世保に入港した日ですvia msn ニュース



エンタープライズ入港にあたっては、日本のベトナム戦争加担、核持ち込みを懸念する野党や労働組合・市民団体が佐世保に結集し、反対デモを繰り広げた。なかでも反日本共産党系の学生たちは、入港2日前の1月17日朝に佐世保に到着すると、米海軍基地に向かい、阻止する警官隊と衝突、双方に重軽傷者92名を出す。このときの警備は厳重をきわめ、市民病院前の検挙の折には、警官が見物の市民や報道陣にまで暴力を振るったことが問題視された。学生たちは入港当日の19日も早朝から警官隊と衝突したものの、午後には組織的な抗議活動はなく、エンタープライズ以下の米軍艦艇乗組員6150人のうち約4000人が、厳重な警戒のなか夜の佐世保の街へと繰り出した(『昭和 二万日の全記録 第14巻 揺れる昭和元禄 昭和43年~46年』講談社)。






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埼玉県議会、原発再稼働求める意見書可決 「福島を軽視」抗議拡大 via 河北新報










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Indian Point Nuclear Plant Workers Might Walk Off Job via CBS New York

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — More than 300 workers at the Indian Point nuclear plant have threatened job action when their contract expires at midnight Wednesday night.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, workers at the plant authorized the strike last week, and union spokesman John Melia said they are prepared to walk – although they would prefer a deal.


If the union does strike, Nappi said managers could operate the plant safely and federal regulators are on site to make sure of it.

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