globalZEROGlobal Zero was launched in Paris in December 2008 by more than 100 political, civic, and military leaders. There, they announced a framework plan for the elimination of nuclear weapons, starting with deep reductions to the U.S. and Russian arsenals. Global Zero gave letters signed by more than 90 Global Zero leaders to President of the United States Barack Obama and President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, urging them to commit to the elimination of nuclear weapons. Global Zero Commissioners Senator Chuck Hagel and Ambassador Richard Burt met with President Medvedev in Moscow and discussed the agenda.

Global Zero is an international non-partisan group of 300 world leaders dedicated to achieving the elimination of nuclear weapons. The initiative, launched in December 2008, promotes a phased withdrawal and verification for the destruction of all devices held by official and unofficial members of the nuclear club. The Global Zero campaign works toward building an international consensus and a sustained global movement of leaders and citizens for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Goals include the initiation of United States-Russia bilateral negotiations for reductions to 1,000 total warheads each and commitments from the other key nuclear weapons countries to participate in multilateral negotiations for phased reductions of nuclear arsenals. Global Zero works to expand the diplomatic dialogue with key governments and continue to develop policy proposals on the critical issues related to the elimination of nuclear weapons.

On April 1, 2009 the two presidents met in London and issued a historic joint statement committing their “two countries to achieving a nuclear free world” and three days later in a speech in Prague, President Obama declared his intention to “seek to include all nuclear weapons states in this endeavor.” On the day of the meeting, the Times (of London) published an op-ed authored by six Global Zero leaders. Negotiations began between the two countries for a New START nuclear arms reduction treaty. Prior to the July 6–8, 2009 Obama-Medvedev Summit, the international Global Zero Commission of 23 political and military leaders released a comprehensive, end-to-end plan for the elimination of nuclear weapons over the next 20 years. At their Summit, Presidents Obama and Medvedev announced a framework agreement for new reductions to U.S. and Russian arsenals – a critical first step toward multilateral negotiations for the elimination of all nuclear weapons as called for in the Global Zero Action Plan (GZAP). At the 35th G8 summit in July 2009, world leaders announced their support of the Obama-Medvedev commitment to eliminate all nuclear weapons and called on all countries to “undertake further steps in nuclear disarmament.” Global Zero leaders believe the international consensus for the elimination of nuclear weapons is reaching a critical mass, especially given the declarations of political leaders during the special U.N. Security Council session on proliferation and disarmament convened by President Obama (September 24, 2009). President Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in acknowledgment to his efforts for nuclear disarmament. During 2010, the initiative has continued with the Global Zero Summit (February 2–4, 2010), signing of the New START treaty (April 8, 2010), the Nuclear Security Summit (April 12–13, 2010) and the Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (May 3–28, 2010).



Safecast : <<We’re incredibly excited to announce the launch of the Safecast iOS app available in the App Store now. Last year we reached out to Nick Dolezal, creator of the most amazing GeigerBot, with some questions and ideas about his app. It didn’t take long for us to realize he would be a fantastic addition to the Safecast team and he agreed. We started brainstorming on what a Safecast iOS app might look like and what it might offer. The results of those continued discussions are live now. We’re most excited about the “virtual geiger counter” aspect to this app – using the GPS on your iPhone or iPad you can quickly see readings that have been taken around you. We’ve got the full Safecast dataset on board, as well as a handful of other publicly available radiation measurement data sets which gives a comprehensive exposure map for the US and Japan, with other areas being filled in as we collect those readings. There’s also the ability to connect your own geiger counter and take readings which can be submitted back to the Safecast Database.

We feel like this will be an incredibly useful application for just about anyone to have, and hope to keep improving it’s functionality as well grow. Enjoy! >>

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safecast/id571167450?mt=8

Safecast | Adrian Storey from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

 



福島の女たち : 6人の日本人女性が、福島原発事故以降の汚染除去の現状、隠ぺいと嘘について包み隠さぬ本音を打ち明け、そして事故が彼女たちの人生、故郷、家族にどのような影響を及ぼしたかについて語ります。

概要: 福島第一原子力発電所で3基の原子炉がメルトダウンを起こしてから1年以上。さまざまな人々による大がかりな反原発運動が日本国内で拡大しつつあります。 この運動がもっとも顕著なのは、おそらく福島県でしょう。そこでは地元の女性グループが勇敢にも立ち上がり、今世紀最悪の原発事故に対する日本政府の沈黙 に抗議しているのです。国内メディアにほとんど無視されてきたこの勇敢な女性たちは、内気な県民性を脇へ押しやり、現在の日本における汚染除去の現状や隠 ぺい、嘘、そして停滞した政治情勢について包み隠さぬ率直な意見を公表しています。立ち入り禁止区域内や周辺の荒れ果てた無人の村々の貴重な映像と共に、 「福島の女たち」は3・11によって彼女たちの人生、故郷、家族がどのような影響を受けたのかについての驚くほど率直な見解を、彼女たち自身の声で伝えま す。

福島の女たち from Paul Johannessen on Vimeo (Women of Fukushima) : Six Japanese women offer brutally honest views on the state of the clean-up, the cover-ups and untruths since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, and how it has affected their lives, homes and families.

映像制作者の言葉:

 2011年3月11日に福島第一原子力発電所で起こった惨劇の余波の全貌が明らかになるには、何十年もの時間がかかるでしょう。事故直後の劇的な状態から長期的でほとんど目に見えない脅威へと移行した今、福島県民が直面する現状が世界のメディアのアンテナに捉えられなくなってしまうという(あるいは、日本のメディアの場合、存在しないままになってしまうという)本当の危機が迫っています。現在に至るまで、メルトダウンの影響で子どもたちは外で遊ぶことができず、家族は離散し、女性は胎児の遺伝子損傷を恐れて中絶までする事態が続いています。福島では、希望を見出すことが困難なのです。

 しかし、積極的に発言する地元女性グループとの会合後、我々は彼女たちの精神と背景を記録しなければと強く感じました。文化的には内気で物静かなこの日本人女性たちは怒りと不安、不満、そして希望に対する喪失感を力に変え、日本を、そして世界を、子どもたちのためにより安全な場所にするべく立ち上がろうと呼びかける声を上げたのです。日本政府の嘘と無関心に対する彼女たちの回復力と率直さを目の当たりにして、我々は彼女たちが自分の意見を発表できるプラットフォームを提供しようと決断しました。そしてその結果は我々に驚きと衝撃、そして刺激を与えるものです。

 今回の映像を制作した目的は、誰もが沈黙を守る中で遭えて声を上げた女性たちの誠実さと勇気を世界中の人々が目撃できるようにすることです。

Over a year since three reactors went into meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a broad, disparate anti-nuclear movement is growing in Japan. Nowhere is that more apparent, perhaps, than in Fukushima prefecture, where a group of local women boldly protest the deafening silence of the Japanese government over the worst nuclear accident of this century. Largely ignored by their own media, these brave women brush aside their cultural shyness and share their brutally honest views on the state of the cleanup, the cover-ups, the untruths and the stagnant political climate in today’s Japan. Supported with rare footage from inside the exclusion zone, as well as from abandoned neighboring towns, the Women of Fukushima (“Fukushima no Onnatachi”) offers startlingly candid insights, in the women’s own voices, about what has become of their lives, homes, and families in the aftermath of 3/11.



 

We are all Radioactive : The residents of Motoyoshi reveal their secret fears about radiation, and global experts — who don’t always agree with each other — attempts to explain the effects of radiation on human health. Visit them online: http://www.weareallradioactive.com

We Are All Radioactive is an episodic documentary film created by San Francisco-based journalist Lisa Katayama and TEDTalks creator Jason Wishnow. It tells the story of a community of young surfers who are helping to rebuild a small coastal town destroyed by the tsunami in Japan in March 2011. Motoyoshi was a secret surf spot for ocean enthusiasts from Sendai. When the tsunami swept away the people and buildings there, a team of young surfers drove out to the coast, pitched tents on unaffected patches of land, and started helping generations of fisherman become entrepreneurs so they could spearhead their own reconstruction projects and develop new business ideas. Seven short themed chapters make up Season 1. Half the footage is shot by our team, and the other half is shot by the locals themselves. The first half of the series was entirely crowdfunded. All the episodes are subtitled in Japanese and English.  Join the conversation on our Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/weareallradioactive 

About the project

A year after the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear explosion trifecta hit northeastern Japan last March, many small towns along the northeast coast of Japan are still struggling with the same unanswered questions. Is our food safe? Is our water safe? Can I sell my fish and vegetables at the market? Will our children die prematurely of cancer? Can we ever trust the government again?

In the summer of 2011, a few months after the quake, the film crew befriended a group of surfers based in Motoyoshi — a small coastal town 100 miles north of Fukushima. Living in tents pitched on one of the only unaffected patches of land in town, these surfer-turned-activists are rallying to get a multi-generational community of fishermen and farmers back on their feet.

In Japan, they shot interviews with locals, anti-nuclear activists, and global experts on radiation. They also gave waterproof video cameras to the residents of Motoyoshi, so they can film their experience through their own lens while we’re not there. The result is a series of beautiful and informative vignettes that get more up close and intimate than an ordinary film crew could ever get.

We Are All Radioactive combines technology, entertainment, and solid investigative journalism to provide answers to fundamental questions about radiation and the complexities of disaster response on both a political and sociological level.

The footage also touches on the work of Architecture for Humanity, Greenpeace, Surfrider Foundation, and Safecast — all major global non-profits dedicated to helping Japan respectively with post-earthquake reconstruction, human and environmental rights, water safety, and radiation monitoring.

How it works

We Are All Radioactive is an innovative experiment in online filmmaking that integrates storytelling, fundraising, and awareness-raising.

The film is designed to air as 3-4 minute episodes for the web. Each episode will either highlight the personal experience of a key character in the community or distill a theme that reflects the struggle to rebuild the region. Even though they’re rolling it out online first, they’re using a professional film crew — sound designers, award-winning editors — and have been looking to distribute it on TV and at film festivals. We did also hope to one day do a feature version based on the episodes.

Fundraising is a key component of the project — episodes will only air as they get funded. Each episode costs us about $3500 to produce.

As they did roll out new episodes, they introduced new features that let people navigate on the website to do things like: learn more about the characters and themes; log radiation readings on a fun interactive map, putting the situation in Japan in perspective to natural background radiation around the world; and connect directly with nuclear experts via a curated Q&A platform.

Members :

Jason Wishnow, Director

Jason Wishnow is the filmmaker behind TEDTalks, the award winning video series watched nearly one billion times. Wishnow works at the intersection of film and emerging technologies and has been called an “online-video virtuoso” (New York Times, 2009), the “enfant terrible of digital film” (The Guardian, 2000), and one of the ten most influential digital filmmakers of 1999 (RES Magazine).

Lisa Katayama, Producer/Director

Lisa is a journalist who writes about Japanese culture for Wired, Boing Boing, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR. She’s spoken publicly about Japanese culture at major conferences in Japan, Singapore, and the US. She’s best known online for the award-nominated blog TokyoMango and for founding the design thinking boot camp The Tofu Project.

Yuko Inatsuki, Editor

Yuko is a bilingual Japanese/English editor and cinematographer. In the past year, she has worked on two documentaries, Mrs. Judo and The Power of Two, which was showcased at DocFest and won the audience award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2011. Originally from Nagoya, she’s an experienced diver who aspires to be Japan’s greatest female ocean explorer.

Alex Morgan, Editor

Alex is the founder of BAFTA award-winning boutique editing company Axworks. As well as directing, producing, and editing human rights and environmental projects through Axworks, Alex has carried on his freelance work, cutting a variety of documentaries and features with creative agencies and clients including TED, Amnesty International, and the BBC.

Digital Telepathy, Web Design

DT is a boutique San Francisco-based user experience design agency that has created awesomely successful web sites for clients like Tim Ferriss, Joie de Vivre Hotels, and Summit Series.



July 16, 2012

By HIROSHI MATSUBARA/ AJW Staff Writer

Despite being orchestrated by musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, novelist Kenzaburo Oe and other prominent figures, the Sayonara Nukes 100,000 Rally held on the July 16 national holiday in Tokyo often looked and felt like conventional old-left demonstrations.

The rally to demand a nuclear-free Japan drew a large number of labor union members, consumer and other old-time activists, waving flags of their organizations, among the estimated 170,000 participants in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward.

But in a small corner of the rally, there was a new breed of civic activists in Japan, which include fashion-conscious young people, parents with young children, artists and others who seem least likely to join a political demonstration.

From a stage caravan set up some 200 meters from the main stage in Yoyogi Park, musicians of reggae, funk, hip-hop, folk rock played anti-nuclear songs, including Akihiro Nanba, vocalist/bassist of the popular punk band H-STANDARD. In the sweltering July heat, people were dancing and cheering amid the laid-back, party-like atmosphere.

“We try to have a politically free atmosphere and people think of this protest as a life-and-death issue connected to their daily lives,” said Misao Shinoto, a Tokyo-based illustrator and one of the organizers of the stage event.

Shinoto, who goes by her artist name, Misao Redwolf, is the chief organizer of the weekly Friday night anti-nuclear protest in front of the prime minister’s office, which is drawing the largest number of protesters to Tokyo’s Nagatacho political district since the heyday of the student movement of the 1960s.

“The reason behind the success of the Friday night protest is that it has a specific target–Prime Minister Noda and his government,” Shinoto said of her campaign, which has bulked up from 300 participants when it started in late March to tens of thousands of protesters in recent weeks.

Seeing the success of the Friday protests in drawing thousands of young people, the organizers of the Sayonara Nukes rally, the Japan Congress Against A- and H-Bombs (Gensuikin), asked Shinoto to host the caravan event for young participants.

Backstage, her old friends from her artists’ circle and people whom she became newly acquainted with through her activism stopped by to offer words of gratitude and encouragement.

“We already know who to direct our anger toward today, and young people like our straight-forward, tangible protest,” Shinoto said.

The potential of this new trend of civic activism could also be seen in the celebrities on stage.

Actress Miyuki Matsuda, wife of the late acting legend Yusaku Matsuda, spoke from the caravan, along with Naoto Amaki, former diplomat and vocal critic of Japan’s foreign policy, and Mika Hashimoto, leader of idol group Seifuku Kojo Iinkai.

“We must be more confident of our movement, because the situation could have been much worse if we didn’t raise our voices,” Matsuda told hundreds of people in the audience, referring to the fact that only one of Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors has been brought back online.

“We must keep going until the day all reactors become abolished, because the world is closely watching how Japanese can decide our own fate.”

In an interview after her speech, Matsuda said she believes that it is “very wrong” that many of her colleagues and other artists stay silent on the nuclear issue.

“Artists and other influential people in the media must be the first ones to raise their voices, because it will help everyone speak out about their beliefs.”

Guitarist Sugizo, a member of two of Japan’s most influential rock bands, LUNA SEA and X JAPAN, also stopped backstage. It is true that even rock musicians tend to remain silent about the issue, “because they are afraid of the risks” of hurting their career, Sugizo told AJW.

“But musicians whom I really admire, from Bob Dylan to John Lennon, kept their artistic integrity by speaking up for what they believe in society. Maybe I am just simple-minded, but I also believe rock music must serve as a warning call to direct the society for the better.”

Raising their voices of anger in chorus with these celebrities, the audience had cathartic moments on the day, but Shinoto said that being politically active in Japan still poses a great burden.

Since her Friday protests have gathered momentum, the event organizers have been harshly criticized and attacked on the Internet, possibly because of Japan’s culture of hammering down the nail that sticks up. Even old-time leftists often point their fingers at them, calling them too soft or naive, Shinoto said.

“I was not really a politically minded person in the first place, and I am learning that it takes a lot of self-sacrifice, time, money and spirit-wise,” she said.

“But the protest we started have been spreading nationwide, and we will not give up until the day we win a tangible victory–closure of all nuclear reactors in Japan.”

By HIROSHI MATSUBARA/ AJW Staff Writer

The 10-member commission is one of several panels investigating the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The report follows a six-month investigation involving more than 900 hours of hearings and interviews with more than 1,100 people. The commission’s chairman, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a professor emeritus at Tokyo University, said in a scathing introduction that cultural traits had caused the disaster.



By Aaron Sheldrick

 

TOKYO | Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:51pm BST

 

(Reuters) – More than 15,000 anti-nuclear protesters blocked streets outside the Japanese prime minister’s office on Friday, beating drums and chanting slogans against the restart of reactors nearly 16 months after the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.

The crowd blocked off a six-lane road and adjoining streets leading to the Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s official residence in central Tokyo. Police parked five armoured riot control buses in front of the entrance to prevent protesters entering the compound.

Several helicopters circled overhead as the sun went down on a clear, early summer evening.

The protest capped weeks of sporadic demonstrations and was the biggest gathering in central Tokyo since Noda said this month the restart of two reactors in western Japan was necessary to avoid damaging the economy.

All of the country’s 50 nuclear reactors were taken off line after an earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant on the northeast coast on March 11 last year, triggering the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Nuclear power had previously supplied nearly 30 percent of Japan’s electricity.

The first of the two Ohi reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Co is scheduled to be reactivated on Sunday.

The crowd, including office workers, mothers with children and elderly people, chanted « oppose restarts » and « exit nuclear power ».

The decision to restart the reactors as summer power-cuts loom was seen as a victory for Japan’s still-powerful nuclear industry.

But Japanese people have grown wary of nuclear power since Fukushima, with surveys showing that about 70 percent want to abandon atomic energy even if not immediately.

 

(Editing by Robert Birsel)