Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant Postcard Protest

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant Postcard Protest

(Photo: Greenpeace Japan)

To protect our bountiful nature, food, and life, let us send a message to oppose the full-scale operation of the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant.

In November 2008, the Spent-Nuclear-Fuel Reprocessing Plant in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture, Japan, is suposed to start full-scale operations. This reprocessing plant collects spent-nuclear-fuel from nuclear power plants all across Japan. Plutonium and uranium will be extracted from the spent-fuel at this facility. From here, every day, a large quantity of radiation is released into the ocean and the atmosphere.

The radiation released into the ocean accumulates in the fish and seaweed. Radiation emitted into the air spreads to the mountains and fields and falls on agricultural crops. These marine and agricultural products polluted with radiation eventually reach our dining tables, and we take radiation into our bodies through our food.

There are reports that near reprocessing plants in operation in England and France, there is an extremely high incidence of leukemia in children – considered to be caused by radiation.

In the midst of these serious circumstances, the reprocessing plant is well on its way to starting-up operations. If this continues, we face the threat that our bountiful nature will become polluted with radiation and many agricultural producers will no longer be able to farm or fish. This means that we will not be able to obtain food that is safe and gives us peace of mind.

To pass on to the future generations our bountiful nature, and to protect the health of our children and families, let us send a message saying, “We do not want to allow operation of the reprocessing plant!” Let us send a message that expresses our sincere feelings to the national and local governments that are promoting this reprocessing plant.

You can send a postcard from your country, or order message cards in sets of 4 cards from Consumers Union of Japan (Donation: 400Yen for one set). Design by Green Co-op.

– The front of each card has space for you to write your message.

– The cards are pre-addressed:

1) “Prime Minister” (Postal code: 100-8914, Tokyo, Japan)

2) “Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry” (Postal code: 100-8901, Tokyo, Japan)

3) “Governor of Aomori Prefecture” (Postal code: 030-8570, Aomori Prefecture, Japan)

4) “Mayor of Rokkasho Village” (Postal code: 039-3212, Aomori Prefecture, Japan)

Please write a message to each of these people.

– Please place a postal stamp on the card and send it asap.

The messages from everyone will help stop operation of the reprocessing plant.

Let us protect our children’s future together!

For more details: Japan Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center (in English)