anti-nuclear

Colorful protests continue against pro-nuke government

毎週金曜日、東京で再稼働反対のデモがあります。このフィルムの写真は新宿の小さなデモでとりました。コズプレも音楽も、いろいろな人たちが居て楽しいです。この抗議は原発の問題がよい方向に変わるのではないかと思わせてくれます。

There are protests in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence every Friday in favor of ending nuclear power. The protests have been the largest and most sustained since the 1960s. The national government and largest corporations are eager to re-start the plants that were shut down after the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

I often join a Koenji group’s demonstrations. These photos are from a smaller march. I like the range of people, the costumes, music, and sense of fun and hope. These are all film photos.

Rain did not stop anti-nuclear protests over weekend

昨日新宿の「再稼働反対」のデモがありました。雨なのに、賑やかだった。

Crowds shouted “no to restarting” the nuclear reactors. First of 50 remaining plants fired up yesterday in Oi, also the scene of large protests.

3.11 Anti-Nuclear demonstrators form human chain around Diet, the national assembly.

3.11の一年目の追悼と反原発のヒューマンチェーンに参加して、写真をたくさんとりました。高齢者が多くて、コズプレもあって、悲しく、同時に色がたくさんありました。ポケモンを何人か見ました。数万人が国会議事堂を囲んで、非常に感動しました。

On the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters, I spent the afternoon at a memorial in Hibiya Park, and then joined tens of thousands forming a human chain around Japan’s national assembly, the Diet. I snapped a lot of photos, along with @sub_fauna, who took some great photos.

It was great to see so many people coming together to ask for fundamental change to energy and politics. Striking were the number of seniors, the odd costumes including several Pokemon, the mix of the mournful and colorful. A few Japanese friends asked me what a “human chain” was, as if it were a complicated imported notion. It was very touching to see people holding hands around the center of government.

I was also impressed with how organized the entire demonstration and policing were. The long cross-walk in front of the Diet was occupied only while the light was red. The police remained very calm, and their main tools were rolls of neon police tape, megaphones, and fabric traffic barriers with rings for lines of police to easily hold.

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“It was always a lie,” an anti-nuclear protest song by Kazuyoshi Saito

斉藤和義 (@kazuyoshi_saitoの『ずっとウソだった』という歌は反原発への感情を表しています。

Kazuyoshi Saito (斉藤和義) turned his commercial song for Shiseido cosmetics, a love ballad “I always liked you,”  into an anti-nuclear song, “It was always a lie” (ずっとウソだった). I like the simplicity of the web video mixed with his scathing protest message.

Decades of propaganda convinced many Japanese that nuclear power was safe. There were even special programs aimed at persuading young mothers that it was OK to live near a nuclear plant. Recent street protests in Tokyo and online media challenge a decades-old consensus between corporations, governments, and university researchers.

I am moved by the mix of outrage and rebellion.

『ずっとウソだった』

この国を歩けば、原発が54基
教科書もCMも言ってたよ、安全です。

俺たちを騙して、言い訳は「想定外」
懐かしいあの空、くすぐったい黒い雨。

ずっとウソだったんだぜ
やっぱ、ばれてしまったな
ホント、ウソだったんだぜ
原子力は安全です。

ずっとウソだったんだぜ
ほうれん草食いてえな
ホント、ウソだったんだぜ
気づいてたろ、この事態。

風に舞う放射能はもう止められない

何人が被曝すれば気がついてくれるの?
この国の政府。

この街を離れて、うまい水見つけたかい?

教えてよ!
やっぱいいや…

もうどこも逃げ場はない。

ずっとクソだったんだぜ
東電も、北電も、中電も、九電も
もう夢ばかり見てないけど、

ずっと、クソだったんだぜ

それでも続ける気だ

ホント、クソだったんだぜ

何かがしたいこの気持ち

ずっと、ウソだったんだぜ

ホント、クソだったんだぜ

I found the lyrics translated into English online, but I’ll try to improve the translation later:

“You have been telling a lie”

When we walk around this country,
we can find 54 Nuke power plants

My text book and CM always told me,
“It’s SAFE”

You have been telling a lie,
then your excuse is just “UNEXPECTED”
I remember the clear sky,
but now, it turns black rain

You’ve been telling a lie,
it was exposed after all, I know
Yeah, it was a lie, “Nuke is completely safe”
You’ve been telling a lie,
I just wanna eat such a delicious spinach once again.

Yeah, it was a lie,
You should have noticed this ball game

We can’t stop the contaminated wind anymore
Do you accept if you find it about how many people would be exposed by the radiation?
How do you think? I’m asking you, Jap Gov.

When you leave this town,
Coudl you find delicious water?
Tell me, whatever, there’s no way to hide

They are all suck, Tepco, Hepco, Chuden and Kanden
We never dream a dream anymore
But they are all suck
They still keep going
They are truely suck
I wanna take action, how could I handle this feeling?

They are telling a lie….
We are all suck….