Antinuclear group to hold 1st of annual meetings in Fukushima

A Japanese group working for the elimination of nuclear weapons will convene the first of its annual meetings this summer in Fukushima Prefecture.

Updated: Jun 08, 2011, 17:00 PM IST

Tokyo: A Japanese group working for the
elimination of nuclear weapons will convene the first of its
annual meetings this summer in Fukushima Prefecture, home to
the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a member
of the group has said.

The Japan Congress Against A- and H-Bombs, or
Gensuikin, which has been calling for a nuclear-free world
based on the country`s experience of the 1945 atomic bombings
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has decided this year to also focus
on opposing nuclear power plants.

The meeting will be held in the city of Fukushima on
July 31, followed by meetings on Aug. 4 to 6 in Hiroshima and
Aug. 7 to 9 in Nagasaki.

The group will wrap up its meetings in Okinawa
Prefecture around Aug 11, where the US military presence is
set to be discussed.

"We have been arguing that nukes and humans cannot
coexist, but I feel powerless that it has been proven this
way," said Toshihiro Inoue, vice director of Gensuikin,
referring to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima plant
yesterday.

"We have to change Japanese society, which is built on
burdening local residents with troublesome facilities such as
nuclear power plants and US military bases," he said.

It will be the group`s first meeting in Fukushima, it
said.

PTI