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Protest against Genome Editing in Japan

Consumers Union of Japan, protested against the Genome edited tomato, outside the offices in Tokyo of Sanatech, the company that has spearheaded the introduction of this GM technology.

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Genome editing technology has many problems and concerns. Practical application without dispelling these is unacceptable.
✖ There is a risk of unexpected harmful effects due to off-targeting, etc.
✖ Disturbance of the function of complex genes (other genes are affected by genetic engineering).
✖ Genes may be damaged in the gene manipulation process.
✖ Could cause disturbance of the ecosystem due to the spread of genetically engineered organisms.
✖Increase in carcinogenesis in livestock (because genome editing suppresses cancer suppressor genes).
✖ Bioethical issue of abuse of genetic engineering for human convenience.

 

 

GMO Warnings by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini in Tokyo

Consumers Union of Japan and the No! GMO Campaign invited Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini to speak about his landmark study that showed how Roundup causes cancer in rats. He warned about genetically modified foods, that are engineered to tolerate Roundup, especially GM soy and GM corn. Séralini is professor of molecular biology at the University of Caen, France, and president of the scientific board of CRIIGEN (Committee of Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering). The research conducted by Séralini’s team has serious implications for public health and the environment and should be addressed rationally and on scientific grounds.

Gilles-Eric Séralini has run the research group that has published the most on GMOs and pesticides toxicities in the world. Since he has discovered practices of the big companies to hide this, he was the most cited in the Monsanto Papers and he has won seven court affairs against the biotech lobbies. With his co-author of three recent books, the organic French Chef Jérôme Douzelet, he worked on how to recognize the taste of these pollutants, especially in wines, and methods of detoxication for everybody. The news and views on these topics will be detailed for the general public in a very original manner.

Everyone is welcome to learn more about the risks associated with genetically modified food.

Date: October 31, 2019

Time: 12:30-16:30

Place: Tokyo Women’s Plaza, Shibuya, Tokyo

CUJ 50th Anniversary Seminar

Consumers Union of Japan celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 15, 2019 with a seminar titled: “Dealing with the Threats to our Lives, Connecting with a Healthy Future.”

Consumers Union of Japan was founded in 1969. Our many campaigns include fighting against food additives, pesticides and herbicides, as well as synthetic detergents. CUJ is also opposing nuclear power plants. We have been on the front line to fight against genetically modified organisms and GM food since they were first introduced. Recent campaigns include raising awareness about harmful health effects from artificial fragrances and gene editing. At our 50th anniversary seminar in Tokyo, speakers outlined the problems with these issues and proposed ways forward to connecting with a healthy future.

Request Regarding Smart Meters

Request Regarding Smart Meters

February 19, 2019

To: TEPCO Power Grid Corporation

Thank you for endeavoring to maintain the power transmission and distribution network.

We are concerned about the reports of fires in defective smart meters made by Toshiba Toko Meter Systems Co., Ltd. Some 90,000 smart meters produced by Toshiba Toko have been installed in your region, and so far, 16 cases of fires have been reported by December 2018.

We request that you stop installing smart meters, and that you respond to the consumers who want you to replace their smart meters with analogue ones.

Sincerely,

Denjiha.org                                   Nomura Osami

Consumers Union of Japan     Amagasa Keisuke

Japan Resources – No 171

Please click here CUJ-JR-171 for the latest issue of Japan Resources, our English newsletter.

This time, we can’t help but muse over the issue that the country, and the world, is in the grip of football fever as the Football World Cup is promoted as never before. Large companies take this opportunity to splash billions of Yen not for the sake of encouraging healthy exercise but to push more junk food to the couch potatoes watching the games. Among them, food and beverage corporations Coca Cola, McDonald’s and Budweizer probably do not make a single healthy product between them.

We hope you will continue to stay updated with CUJ’s activities and news on our English website, and support our campaigns!

Contents:

Food Industry & Supermarkets: Food Additives and Transportation Networks Helped Create Oligopoly Control over Our Food

Concerns about Japan’s MagLev Train Project

Japan-Korea-Taiwan Non-GMO Asia Forum established

Japan’s Soy Sauce Makers Replied to Our GM-Free Labelling Questionnaire

Channel Nishoren Now on Youtube!