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 | Asia Pacific Greens

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

Time13:00-14:00 April 29th, 2010

VenueTianmu Convention CenterNo. 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.   

 

 

Press Conference rundown is as follows (Japanese interpreting 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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Translated by Emerald Chang 

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Briefing on Key Attendees 

 

Japan 

Kamanaka Hitomi(鎌仲瞳,Documentary Film Director)

 Mr. Hitomi joined the documentary production following his graduation from college.His master piece "Exploded, the End of the World" produced in 2003 won himseveral awards. Villager’s Rhapsodyis a documentary produced in 2006, depictingthe eco habitat of local residents of Rokkasho-Mura, Aomori Prefecture, Japan in a nuclear waste recycling plant. This May, his latest piece, "Flapping Wings of the Bees and Spinning Earth” will be released. The film illustrates the 28-year long anti-nuclear movement against nuclear power plant off Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan,promoting the concept of sustainable society and the Swedish society which is committed to actively developing renewable energy.

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Matsuya Kiyoshi(松谷清,”Green Future,” Operation’s Committee MemberMember of Shizuoka Prefecture。) 

Born in 1951, Niigata Prefecture; a dropout from the Faculty of Engineering, Shizuoka University in 1975; worked his way up to the position of Civil Service Secretary for “The center of a thinking community in 1979; first elected City Councilof Shizuoka Prefecture in 1985 and was subsequently re-elected three times, marking a political career spanning over 12 yearsHe later emerged as a joint representative of “Rainbow and a List of 500 Greens’ Movement” (predecessor of theGreen Futurefollowing his defeat in the re-election as a City Council. He was also present at The First Asia-Pacific Greens Conference in 2005 (Kyoto) as a coalition representative.

http://www.e-matsuya.com/ 

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Inamura Kazumi(稲村和美,Coalition Representative of ”Green Future”‧Member of Hyogo Council)

 

Born in 1972; enrolled as a law student at the Kobe University in 1992She volunteered and founded the "Kobe University Comprehensive Volunteer Center when the 1995 earthquake Great Hanshin hit. In 1996, she came in contact with citizen lawmakers while working on policies in support of the earthquake victims. She then served at a security company following her graduation from the law School of Kobe University in 1998, responsible for personnel reform projects, and left in 2002. Mrs.Kazumi was elected Member of Hyogo Prefecture in 2003 and is currently in hersecond term.

http://www.inamura-kazumi.com/ 

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Miyazawa Keisuke(宮澤圭輔,”Green Future,” Operation’s Committee MemberMember of Shizuoka City)

 

Born in 1978, he went to Indonesia after graduated from a Shizuoka high school in 1997. The Indonesian experience paved the way for his journey in search of "true prosperity of mankind." In 2000, he embarked on a tour exploring the nature ofAustralia. When traveling to a indigenous sacred land in 2001, he met a group ofAustralian aborigines who prompted his quest for seeking the meaning of "human dignity." Between 2003 and 2004 shortly after returning to his homeland, he attempted a self-sufficient living on a Japanese outlying island Tanegashima Island. He later resumed school in Shizuoka University in 2005, studying solar power and energy policies, and managed to win an award with a paper which was published on campus. Mr. Keisuke was elected Shizuoka city council in 2009.

 

http://miyazawakeisuke.com/profile/index.html 

 

 

Taiwan

Tsui Shu-Hsin(崔愫欣,Documentary Film Director and Environmental Activist

Pan Han-Sheng(潘翰聲,Convener of Green Party Taiwan

Chen J. L.陳炯霖Japan's No Nukes Asia Forum (NNAF)Chinese-Japanese Translation and Interpreting

您的瀏覽器可能無法支援顯示此圖片。His initial contact with anti-nuclear movement began in 2006 while he was studyingin Japan, and since then has been enthusiastic about the social issues concerning both Taiwan and Japan. He is currently working as a Chinese and Japanese translator/interpreter for the No Nukes Asia Forum.

 

 

 

Translated by Emerald Chang

Green Party Taiwan