October 29-November 4, 2012
General Assembly News
“No Nukes Asia Actions” visits PCT General Assembly
Reported by Chiou Kuo-rong
Written by Lydia Ma
Anti-nuclear energy organization No Nukes Asia Actions (NNAA) General Secretary S.K. Cho paid a visit to the PCT General Assembly Office on the morning of October 25, 2012. He purpose of his visit was to invite the PCT to send a delegate to NNAA’s upcoming international press conference in Japan which will focus on closing nuclear plants. PCT later reported that Church and Society Committee Secretary Huang Che-yen will represent the PCT at that meeting.
According to S.K. Cho, NNAA has held similar international press conferences in various countries already, including Japan, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the east coast of the US. He then went on to say that in the aftermath of the nuclear spill in Fukushima in 2011, Japan’s leading 3 mega enterprises – Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and Hitachi – continue to be the world’s top manufacturers of nuclear energy plants. These corporations continue to export equipment needed to build nuclear plants to countries all over the world, especially countries in Asia.
For this reason, NNAA has asked these three corporations to take responsibility for their products and to redirect their research and development strategies and resources towards eliminating nuclear energy and promoting natural and renewable forms of energy.
Cho underscored that countless people’s lives have been destroyed by the nuclear spill last year because they have been forced to evacuate and relocate. Furthermore, the radiation that leaked from the Fukushima plant has affected areas as far as Tokyo, because the air, water, and food are contaminated. He added that rubble from incinerated items collected in Tokyo were tested and found to contain high levels of radiation. When an investigation was called, the source of these items was traced back to northeastern parts of Japan. Based on this incident, Cho said that the extent of damages caused by the nuclear spill should be much more extensive that what the Japanese government has publicly admitted.
PCT General Secretary Andrew Chang introduced Cho to anti-nuclear energy efforts led by the PCT in Taiwan in the past few years and agreed that the PCT should join this Asian movement against nuclear energy by banning the manufacturing of equipment used to build nuclear plants.