Last month, on International Surfing Day, we talked about Rokkasho in Japan. Last weekend, the documentary on the controversial nuclear reprocessing plant and its potential effects on the rest of the world screened at the University of Hawaii.
"Now in the middle of the village at the highest point with the best views, a plant has been built for the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel from nuclear power plants," Hitomi Kamanaka, the film's director said to KGMB9.com:
Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter presented the documentary film Rokkasho Rhapsody at the University of Hawaii Spalding Auditorium in collaboration with Surfrider Japan. Organizers of this documentary film hope to provide information about the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant, and also to encourage discussion and bring attention to the world’s future energy sources, how much risk is acceptable, and how the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant might affect the coastal area and marine life of beautiful Hawaii in the event of an industrial incident. It’s not in their backyard, but the effects are profound and awareness is crucial.
The radioactive substances released from the chimney will be carried on the wind and spread out across the farmland that lies downwind. Radioactive waste will also be discharged into the ocean through a huge pipe that extends two miles off shore, and that worries surfers and fishermen who have complained to the government.
"What they say is the ocean is big, so no problem. That's not the point; it's going to get to the fish," said David Kinoshita, a surfer from Japan. Ryo Kubota, a UH graduate student, says discharge from the plant could even affect Hawaii.
"The North Pacific current goes from Japan all the way to United States and current comes back to Hawaii. so that if something happens in Japan, that pollutant can reach Hawaii," said Kubota. That's why Kubota helped bring the documentary called "Rokkasho Rhapsody" to the University of Hawaii. The film chronicles the efforts of Japanese activists to call attention to the danger of radioactive contamination.
(Photo from anti-Rokkasho demonstration in Tokyo, Japan in January 2008)
It's not just surfers
It's not just fishermen
It's not just farmers.
It's an environmental crisis.
It's a global crisis.
It' an ocean crisis.
The ocean gives us enjoyment.
The ocean gives us food.
The ocean is full of life.
It's not our property.
Respect our Ocean.
Protect Our Environment
Save our Planet
Poem By Surfrider Japan Activist Hiromi Matsubara (co-founder of greenz.jp)