Fukushima: Ongoing Lessons

June 2013

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From left: Nuclear Safety Engineer Arnie Gundersen, Urban Planner Torgen Johnson, Japan’s former Prime Minister Naoto Kan (who was Japan’s PM during Fukushima disaster), President of Riverkeeper Paul Gallay, American political activist Ralph Nader and Former Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Peter Bradford.

On June 3, 2013, the Wall Street Journal carried a story regarding a conference about nuclear safety entited, “Fukushima: ongoing lessons for San Onofre”.  The event was organized by Samuel Lawrence Foundation (SLF) with Friends of Earth.  The following day, June 4, 2013, an open dialogue was held in San Diego with world leaders including Japan’s former Prime Minister, Naoto Kan (who was Japan’s PM during Fukushima disaster), former NRC Chair, Gregory Jaczko, nuclear safety engineer, Arnie Gundersen, former NRC Commissioner, Peter Bradford, and others, who discussed possibility of a nuclear catastrophe at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.  Three days later, June 7, 2013, Southern California Edison shut down the plant.  The event had an enormous impact through the publicizing of first-hand accounts by nuclear experts and international leaders who faced nuclear disasters in the USA and Japan.

SLF was subsequently invited to arrange a symposium in New York City’s 92nd St Y for the aging Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) nuclear power plant located 30 miles from Manhattan. This event included an introduction by Jean-Michele Cousteau, was moderated by RiverKeeper’s Paul Gallay and included Ralph Nader, nuclear experts and other world leaders. The following day SLF was also invited to present a conference at the Boston State Capital to discuss Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

Former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan speaks about the exacuation decisions in the aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster:

“He said he considered evacuating the capital, Tokyo, along with all other areas within 160 miles of the plant, and declaring martial law. ‘The future existence of Japan as a whole was at stake,’ he said. ‘Something on that scale, an evacuation of 50 million, it would have been like a losing a huge war.'” – The Telegraph UK

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“Fukushima: Ongoing Lessons for California”

“I almost had to evacuate Tokyo,” said Former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan.

On June 4, 2013 the Former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan spoke at Samuel Lawrence Foundation’s, “Fukushima: Ongoing Lessons for California” in San Diego, CA.  Introduction by San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts.  Panel testimony included remarks made by nuclear experts including the Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko and Former Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Peter Bradford.  Watch the full video recording of the event here.


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