THE Anglican Church in
Japan has pledged to undertake its own research into the extent of
the nuclear fallout after the 2011 tsunami and the resulting
Fukushima power- plant disaster (
News, 25 March 2011).
Launching the second
phase of its response to the disaster, the Church - Nippon Sei Ko
Kai (NSKK) - pledged to build on its humanitarian work so far, but
also to speak out about the impact of the disaster.
A Japanese national
working at the Anglican Communion Office, Yoshimi Gregory, said:
"Those with a financial interest in keeping Japan nuclear-powered
rarely reveal the full facts about the impact of radioactive
"This is why the Anglican
Church in Japan has decided it is going to undertake its own
research into the impact of the nuclear fallout, and make that
information publicly available. This will include the stories of
those living with the legacy of the Fukushima nuclear
One example of this is
church-run kindergartens in supposedly safe areas, which have to be
cleaned of radioactive material each day before children can enter.
Children cannot play outside because of the contaminated soil.
The director of the
responsse project, Kay Ikezumi, said that the NSKK project would
help families to travel to camps away from radiation-contaminated
areas, giving them a break from living with nuclear contamination.
The NSKK would also continue to provide other humanitarian
programmes for the thousands still living in temporary
accommodation since the disaster.
The NSKK last year called on the country to abandon nuclear
power and invest in alternative energy resources (
News, 6 July 2012).