The Most Rev. Nathanael Makoto Uematsu
Primate of NSKK(Nippon Sei Kou Kai/Anglican Church of Japan)
Peace be with you.
Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami struck in Match 11, 2011.
Many activities for reconstruction have been done. We have not resolved nor yet found a certain direction to resolve the problems caused by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. Even if the nuclear plant is decommissioned in the future, it will need dangerous work for over a period of decades. We have no idea if it is possible to complete the decontamination of the contaminated area, to let the evacuees return to their original place, and when it will be done. People were forced to leave their homes, and families were broken up while suffering from the fear of health-harming radioactive contamination.
Until now, we had believed in the “myth of security” of nuclear power in the name of its peaceful use, and we have enjoyed using nuclear energy. Although many people had insisted on the problems of using nuclear energy even before the nuclear accident occurred, we did not listen to such warnings. We now from our heart greatly regret it. The accident at Fukushima showed us the reality of the hazards of nuclear power, that a situation will get out of control once an accident occurs, and that the problem of spent nuclear-fuel has been neglected.
We passed a resolution at the 59th Regular Assembly Meeting of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai in 2012 “Seeking a World without Nuclear Power-Viewpoint of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai regarding Nuclear Power Generation.” To work on the nuclear problems, we decided to walk together with the nuclear victims and to establish the No-Nuke Project of the Anglican Church in Japan.
The projects above are our concern to deal with the many problems. You are cordially invited to play an active role in our projects.