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From Kyoto to Taipei, Leaving a Green Legend behind, Creating a Nuclear Free Asia Pacific

 

Press Conference Invitation: Japanese MP and Documentary Film Director, Mr. Kamanaka Hitomi’s Visit to Taiwan

Time: 13:00-14:00 April 29th, 2010 Venue: Tianmu Convention Center (No. 113, Section 7, Zhongshan North Road, Taipei)

Taiwan’s first large-scale international conference on environment, "Second Asia-Pacific Green Conference" will be held between April 30th and May 2nd at the Tianmu Convention Center. Environmentalists and domestic and foreign NGOs have been invited to the conference. Present at the April 29th conference include members of the Japanese green political organization "Green Future." They will illustrate the status of anti-nuclear movement in Japan, sharing their experience on conservation movements and exchanging ideas with domestic environmental groups in the hope of building a peaceful future jointly by eliminating fear about nuclear power plants in the Asia-Pacific region.

Director Kamanaka Hitomi along with others will make a brief visit to Kungliao, Taipei County to meet up with members of the Yenliao anti-nuclear self-help group, sharing their experience, exchanging ideas with locals in an attempt to understand the impact of the fourth nuclear power plant on Kungliao.

Japan (Kyoto) was the host country of the last Asia-Pacific Green Congress. At the 2008 Global Greens Conference in Brazil, Taiwan and Japan have jointly advocated that "nuke power is not the solution to climate change" which was consequently adopted as one of the 3 General Assembly Resolutions. The alliance on anti-nuclear action by Taiwan and Japan bears considerable significance as both countries are sitting on the fault line which inevitably prompts substantial concerns over the safety of nuke power plants.

The only nuclear power plant built on the earth's crust of epicenter, Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant, is located in Shizuoka, Japan. Last August, a level 6, medium-sized earthquake hit Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant. Shaking exceeding the default threshold for sustaining earthquakes in apparatus numbered 5 was observed and subsequently suspended until now. This is the second nuke power plant suspension since the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant shut-down in 2007 due to seismic damage. Seismic safety has thus topped the agenda within the nuclear power community. In addition to briefing the audience on the nuke related status, the Japanese delegates will also address a non-nuclear/peaceful future in the Asia-Pacific at the press conference.

In addition, long-time Japanese documentary film director on anti-nuclear movement, Kamanaka Hitomi will introduce his works and share his experience with the Taiwanese director Su-Yan Cui of documentary "How are you doing, Kungliao," on filming anti-nuclear documentaries. 19:00 of that evening, director Kamanaka Hitomi will be showing his work at the conference, " Villager's Rhapsody," depicting the current status of the anti-nuclear waste movement in Japanese. Viewing is open to the public.

The press conference rundown is as follows (Japanese interpretation available)

  1. Briefing on the Asia-Pacific Greens Conference (Representing Green Party Taiwan Pan Han-Sheng)
  2. Introduction to the ties between Green Party Taiwan and Green Party Japan (MP of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, Mr. Matsuya Kiyoshi)
  3. Introduction to Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant built on fault line (City legislator of Shizuoka, Miyazawa Keisuke)
  4. Explaining resolution "on launching joint action in the future of the Asia-Pacific region including Northeast Asia" (Legislator of Hyogo Prefecture, Mr. Inamura Kazumi)
  5. Speech by director Tsui Shu-Hsin
  6. Speech by director Kamanaka Hitomi
  7. Q and A

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