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From Asahi Shimbun

Japanese version

'Towards a Nuclear-Free World
    From Japan:
         Thoughts from a Country Hit by Nuclear Bombs - 2012'(5)

Peaceful Use? That's Deceitful
By Hitomi Kamanaka, Movie director


I've been rolling my camera from an anti-nuclear power plant position since I visited Iraq on business to get information about the Gulf War. What I saw there were children dying from cancer and leukemia, the effect of America's depleted-uranium shells. The great amount of DU in America's enrichment plants had been weaponized.

I figured I was part of the problem, because I live by nuclear-generated power. Japan imports uranium concentrate from the United States. While the US government keeps saying that there's no evidence linking uranium and damage to health, there are a lot of cancer cases and miscarriages around the nuclear facilities. Radioactive substances keep being emitted in the manufacturing process.

The same goes for all of the reprocessing facilities, including Rokkasho. It's scary because radiation accumulates through internal exposure. The peaceful use of nuclear power is impossible-even deceitful.

The government determines the designation (certification) of atomic bomb victims by distance, ignoring the effects of internal exposure. What is happening in Fukushima is no different. The government is responsible for the radiation because nuclear power was national policy, but by measuring damage by distance from the plants, the damage can be underestimated and any compensation can be minimized.

The government approved the restart of the Oi nuclear power plant before demonstrating safety measures and a long-range vision toward a shift to renewable energy, in spite of the fact that people are fighting against invisible radiation in a war of internal exposure.

First of all, all kinds of hibakusha from Nagasaki and Hiroshima should get together and call for nuclear abolition. It is imperative that depleted-uranium bombs be abolished as well. I believe that generating energy through wind and sunlight will become a worldwide trend, rather than relying on oil and uranium.

Will you stop this war or will you be part of it? That's the question facing all the people living on this planet today.


Born in Toyama in 1958, movie director Hitomi Kamanaka went into documentary production after graduating from Waseda University and has been investigating the issues of radioactive contamination and nuclear power plants. Her latest film, "Naibu Hibaku o Ikinuku" ("Surviving Internal Exposure"), featuring in Hiroshima and Fukushima is now showing nationwide.

(This was compiled through an interview by Daisuke Shimizu.)