Radioactive wastewater at Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant

Monday, 20 February 2023 - 8:30am to 9:00am
An anti-nuclear banner reading DEFEND LIFE hangs illuminated in a window against a dark background
This week on the program we speak with Umi Asaka and Tommy or Tomoki Fukui about the planned release of 1.3 million tonnes of water contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant into the ocean.
The plant is owned by TEPCO, that’s the Tokyo Electric Power Company, and if it goes ahead the release of this water would continue for a period of 30 years.
Umi and Tommy unpack the issues around the radioactive wastewater at Fukushima Daiichi - how the water came to be there and the dangers of releasing it; nuclear Imperialism across the Pacific; structural methods of silencing those who speak out against radioactive contamination caused by the disaster at Fukushima; and the powerful resistance taking place to stop the release of the wastewater, demand accountability for the disaster and fight further radioactive contamination.

Shortly after we spoke for the program the plan to dump the contaminated water was put on hold for the time being - but it’s important to keep the pressure on until the plan is shelved for good.
Voice your opposition to the release of the contaminated water by adding your name to the statement here and watch out for the day of action on April 13.


Monday 8:30am to 9:00am
A national feminist current affairs program for community radio. A gender analysis of contemporary issues, as well as in-depth analysis by a range of women and gender diverse people around Australia and internationally. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network (CRN).


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