作家米谷ふみ子講演会「地球が滅びる前に何とか。。」が7月11日ガーディナにてSBMS主催で開催されました。掲載が遅くなりました。 "Fumiko Kometani" , a writer, held a seminar, "Something should be done before the end of the Earth." on July 11, 2012 at New Gardena Hotel in Gardena, sponsored by SBMS. Sorry for my late upload.
Ms. Kometani was born in Osaka, Japan. The Second Sino-Japanese War (July 7, 1937 – September 2, 1945) started when Ms. Kometani was 6 years old. She lived under Fascism for 9 years. The moto was "Luxury is our enemy!" She ate Wheat Rice, Soy Beans, and Dried Sardines.
United States dropped atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Before that during the war, she escaped from Osaka to Tottori for 2 months when she was 14. While she lived in Osaka, she walked the burnt fields in Osaka and saw thousands of dead bodies. US dropped thousands of bombs in many cities and towns in Japan every day for over 3 years. She cannot forget the scenes of the burnt towns and the dead bodies. → She became anti war.
On Bikini Island, US repeatedly conducted Hydrogen Bomb tests. France, United Kindom, Russia, and China followed. (USA conducted 23 Hydrogen Bomb test on Bikini Island between 1946 and 1958.) Black rain full of the radiation poured in Japan. Nobody including religious leaders said, "Stop the nuke tests." She thought, "It's best to inform the public what happened honestly in order to abolish Nuke bomb testing."
Only Linus Pauling and Bertrand Russell were expressing their opposition to nukes. Nuclear bomb testing was conducted restlessly in Nevada. The radiation spread through wind to many parts of United States, and cancer patients increased. Between 1951 and 1958, many cases of thyroid cancer occurred in Montana, Utah, Idaho, and South Dakota.
She came to (New Hampshire,) United States as an abstract painter in 1960. She got married. Her younger son was autistic and brain damaged and prevented her from painting. She started to write her complaints on notebooks. You will see the back of the society if you have a handicapped child. Media was all lies. Education, teachers, and medical doctors were all untrue. You can tell the lies right away. She was able to judge the person by looking at them.
In 2001, right after 9-11 attack, US sent military troops to Afghanistan. US deployed military force to Iraq in early 2002. At a local Los Angeles church, a 92 year old grandpa borrowed a church hall by paying $500 and held a anti nuke meeting. Twenty five people attended. I was one of them.
At the meeting, that 92 year old guy said, "Please inform the ignorant people about the cruelty of the nukes."
She wrote and made a text book, "I told You So." But the editor in chief at Shuei company refused to publish the book 2 years ago saying, "
Japanese young people are not interested in nukes, so the book will not sell." Last year (2011), the book was published in May by Kamogawa Bookstore. In order to save peace of the earth, all world leaders should know the cruelty of the nukes.
She installed Solar panels on the roof of their house 10 years ago. The reason was the laundry dryer could only use electricity. The city paid 3 quarters of the cost. The out of pocket expense was $4,000. The cost was returned in 5 to 6 years. Solar panels generate electricity even on cloudy days. They are commonly used in Germany and Swiss.
She lived in Nagoya, Japan in 1960's. Solar panel installation was very popular in Nagoya. Later it reduced due to nuclear power plants. Dan Hersey, a former UCLA professor said, "It costs 2 times more to destroy than to build a nuclear power plant."
All nuclear power plants in France are leaking radiation. They say only one of them is leaking, but it's a lie, because all of them were built by the same maker. There are 430 nuclear power plants in the world. There are 104 in USA, 55 in Japan, and 50 in France. Japanese government received nuclear accidents for 863 times between 1965 and 1974.
Evacuation drills are absolutely necessary. They should distribute Iodine right away as well. In 1990, Asahi Journal turned down her previous book with a reason, "Japan Newspaper Association promised Japanese government not to write criticism of nuclear power plants."
"We must start a revolution." → We need to persuade one by one by talking about it.
If you talk about the radiation danger, Japanese government say, "Fuhyo-higai", financial damage caused by harmful rumours or misinformation. Mr. Michio Kaku who appeared on CNN and Democracy Now (Channel 58) affirmed "There is only one way to solve Fukushima radiation problem. That is the same way as Chernobyl, stone coffin."
There are nuclear dangers in California, too. Especially there are 11 small nuclear power plants at Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Simi Valley. In 1959, radiation and sodium hypochlorite leaked from the power plants. It was much worse than Three Mile nuclear accident. (Three Mile nuclear accident occurred in 1979.) Santa Susana Nuclear reactors were built in US Military land, so the accidents were covered-up and never reported to the public.
In 1970's, there were many cancer patients and cancer deaths in the area. The residents got angry and claimed it to EPA. In 1990, there was a newspaper article that US Government will clean up the radiation at Santa Susana Field Laboratory, but they never did and left them as they were.
Besides this one, there are San Onofre Nuclear Generatin Station little north of San Diego, Diablo Nuclear Power Plant in San Luis Obispo, and Point Magu Missle Base in northern Malibu in California and they are dangerous.
I asked Ms. Kometani, "I would like to help you with your anti-nuke activities. How can I join your group?" She replied, "I'm doing it by myself. I prepare photo panels and documentary films and talk with high school or college history teachers and ask them to assign a few students to do the anti-nuke event at school. I will lend you the materials (of Nagasaki atomic bomb). Why don't you do your own school events in your local area?"
I would like to start my own anti-nuke (peace) activities within my capacity.
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