5 Juin 2016
Received from Mitsuhei Murata:
A new international system is needed to minimize the consequences of nuclear accidents. Fukushima is revealing the limitations of a government facing a national crisis,its longevity being but of a few years.Nuclear accidents have shown the necessity of coping with their consequences quasi- permanently.
By dint of procrastination, the government of a country where a severe nuclear accident has broken out,could avert the crucial duty to make maximum efforts to cope with the accident by an operation of diversion with the collaboration of the media.
I would like to urge the international community to take up this new problem. Fukushima is now a global security issue.
We need a new system to cope with it.
To supplement this argument, it will help to take up the existence of the IAEA which is given the incompatible mission of preventing the nuclear proliferation and the promotion of nuclear power generation. This organization is known to protect the interests of electric companies. It minimizes the consequences of a nuclear accident and the dangers of radiation. Fully aware of this serious defect, the member states continue to tolerate its existence. This is due to the limitations of the governments of the memberstates that do not dare to take up a challenging issue that could not easily be solved during their tenure of office.
Now that it is established that nuclear accidents constitute a most serious global security issue, we need a special international system that that obliges governments to carry out prescribed duties.
In this connection, an epoch-making development has taken place. It is the attached Joint Statement,calling for the reform of the IAEA. It has been supported by Former President of the Swiss Confederation Moritz Leuenberger, Former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa and Professor Ernst von Weizsaecker.
promoting March 11 as an International Day of Global Ethics
The lesson of Fukushima is that we should not use any scientific technology susceptible of causing such damage that human society cannot endure, irrespective of the figures of probability of accident, unless the risk is completely zero.
Any conduct that permits radioactive contamination would create incalculable harm to mankind and the earth almost permanently. It should be condemned as lacking ethics and responsibility.
Japan, alas, has been the victim of both military and civil use of nuclear energy. After Fukushima, Japan is not only suffering from radioactive contamination, but also is encountering not easily surmountable difficulties to bring the disastrous consequences of the accident under control.
It is recognized clearly that nuclear technology is indivisible and cannot be separated between the military and the civilian sectors. We believe that Japan now has the historical mission to plead for the complete nuclear abolition, both military and civil. It is the lesson of Fukushima.
From this point of view, we would like to propose the following:
1. The I.A.E.A .that is given an incompatible mission of preventing nuclear proliferation and promoting nuclear power generation should be reformed.
2. International control over the safety of existing nuclear plants must be strengthened.
The present crisis confronting mankind is a crisis of civilization. We should transform this civilization – the civilization of power based on ‘paternal culture’ – into a civilization of harmony based on ‘maternal culture’ that gives the supreme value to life.
The deeply-rooted cause of the crisis confronting mankind is the universally prevalent lack of ethics. It is against fundamental ethics to abuse and exhaust natural resources that belong to future generations and leave behind permanently poisonous waste and enormous financial debts. Nature and resources of the world are being exploited without regard for the consequences.
Without establishing global ethics, we cannot create future civilization of mankind that leaves behind the beautiful planet for succeeding generations.
In this spirit, we stand for convening a United Nations Ethics Summit and creating an International Day of Global Ethics as is called upon by WFUCA. We fully support the official declaration of WFUCA to make 3.11 the UNESCO World Day of Global Ethics, inviting the international community to support this idea. We believe that this Summit will pave the way toward the vision of President Obama for the” World without Nuclear Weapons”.
This International Day for Global Ethics will allow us every year to renew our determination never to resort to war as a solution to conflict.
We must prepare to make the short term sacrifices in our lifestyles for the long term safety of mankind and the earth without nuclear energy. Natural and renewable energies could constitute the basis for a new civilization based on ethics and solidarity that respects the environment and the interests of future generations.