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Summary of News items

Dear Greens around the planet and those who are specially around Asia and Pacific,.I was fortunate to engage with several young greens attending the first ever Green Summer University in the German border city of Frankfort Oder (1 hour from Berlin) in 2008 in assisting preparatory work of their applications and was really excited in the event. Now that second summer university has come i think it is a excellent opportunity for Young Greens and specially political activist from Asia Pacific... Read more
More than two weeks have gone since 20-kilometer mandatory evacuation and 30-kilometer voluntary indoor evacuation are issued on March 15th, centered at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The indoor evacuation, that asks residents to stay inside their homes, can not be an effective measure against radiation exposure for many days although it can be so for shorter periods. Anticipating radioactive contamination to spread further, the evacuation order has to extend immediately to 30-... Read more
Catastrophic failure at Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plants, triggered by 11-Mar-2011 earthquake and tsunami, makes it very clear to the world that nuclear generation is terribly risky business to conduct in seismically active area such as Japan. It is also clear that all nuclear power generations in Japan must be phased out. We have to move, now.Officials may say the quake was "beyond speculation" but it did hit. What we have to do to cope with such quakes is: stop all nuclear plants."We... Read more
After the Tsunami
We, the Global Greens, representing more than 80 Green parties around the world, express our solidarity with the Japanese people at this tragic time.  We send deep condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims of this terrible tragedy.Global Greens call on governments and civil society organisations in our respective countries to express their solidarity not only in words but also through practical help.  The scale of the disaster is horrendous, with thousands of people... Read more
On the afternoon of March 11, 2011 a major earthquake occurred in North-East Japan, destroying and severely damaging many cities and towns on the Pacific Coast.Currently more than several tens of thousands of people are dead or unaccounted for.This catastrophe caused a cut off-off of cooling water into several reactors of nuclear power plants located in Fukushima. As a result of reduced water, the nuclear reactors may face a melt-down. If this occurs, it could be the worst case of nuclear... Read more
We, Greens Japan, have been advocating a society without nuclear power generation, or development as a top-priority issue since our establishment. We have had extensive discussions about earthquake resistance concerning nuclear power plants, and we have published those findings. We strongly regret that our worst fears are now a reality.On March 15, another big earthquake, centered at eastern Shizuoka in Tokai region, registered 6+ in the seismic acceleration scale. The Hamaoka nuclear power... Read more
PARTIDO KALIKASAN would like to convey our deepest condolences and sympathy to all the victims of the recent natural disaster in Japan. The meltdown of Fukushima nuclear power plant north of Tokyo on the other hand is far from completely being a natural disaster. This is bad human judgment to opt for nuclear energy despite all its inherent dangers. The current disaster has raised serious threat not only to Japanese citizens but also to humanity.We stand firm on our rejection of nuclear energy... Read more
In the afternoon of Mar 11, an enormous earthquake hit Northeast Japan, and a number of big afterquakes struck at many places in East Japan. At the night of Mar 12, more than 1700 people have been dead or missing, and serious damages have been caused by the fire or tsunami. The number of victims seems to be increasing, and we still don't know the whole picture of damages untill now. We offer deepest condolences to all the victims, and we pray their soul may rest in peace. And we request our... Read more
Peatland Chapter  Peat Resources Is Our Life Blood and Breath Today is Saturday the 4th of December 2010, we gathered from various corners of the villages are located in Central Kalimantan peatland areas in the People's Meeting agenda to declare CHARTER OF PEAT Central Kalimantan, where the peat resource is our blood and breath. Behold, our blood flowing peat resources and generation for centuries as a process of creating technology and knowledge, skills and ability to manage rubber, rattan... Read more
GOVERNMENT'S LAWS AND REGULATION VERSUS PEOPLE'S RIGHTS By Suresh Nautiyal The Van Panchayat (village forest council) mechanism has been in practice in the Central Himalayan Region of India (now state of Uttarakhand) for over seventy years. It 'lawfully' empowered the village people to nurture, protect and conserve the neighbourhood/community forests and use their produce. However, the mechanism has not succeeded as much popularised due to the lack of proper government-financed support system... Read more
While unable to win a seat in either the Taipei City or Sinbei City council elections on 27 November 2010, the Green Party did an impressive job in what is seen as a prelude to the upcoming national parliamentary elections to be held in early 2012. Four of the five candidates fielded by the Green Party obtained sufficient votes in Saturday’s elections to have their NT$200,000 (i.e. 4,943 Euros) bonds returned with an overall average performance in the five districts of 2.3%. The Greens... Read more
Dear Friends in Greens Japan and APGN,   On behalf of your Coordinating Committee in APGN, I would like to extend our congratulations to Ms Kazumi Inamura, the former co-spokesperson of Greens Japan (Midori no Miras for having been elected City Mayor of Amagasaki, West Japan. This is indeed a milestone. May thousands more follow from across the region and the world. Formal APGN statement that we will publicly release and send to Mayor Inamura and Greens Japan will be forthcoming! Thanks... Read more
Dear young Greens, This is Shuji from Japan Greens. As I predicted some weeks ago, I will be able to send you a wonderful news today ! On Sunday, November 21st, Ms Kazumi Inamura, the former co-spokesperson of Greens Japan (Midori no Mirai) was elected the City Mayor of Amagasaki, West Japan with wonderful election results. So this will be the birth of the first Green Mayor in Japan. Read more
Kazumi Inamura
Greens candidate Ms Kazumi Inamura was elected the City Mayor of Amagasaki on Sunday 21 November with an overwhelming 54.3% of the vote. This is the first time in Japan that a Green candidate has been elected to the position of Mayor and the Global Greens congratulate Kazumi Inamura and Greens Japan on this landmark success. Aged 38 Ms Inamura is reportedly the youngest female city mayor in the history of Japan. She defeated three other candidates to win the mayoralty. The City of Amagasaki... Read more
Australia's Labor Party and the minority Greens have signed a deal which they say would ensure stability for Labor in Government.The agreement includes having referenda about recognising Indigenous people and local government in the constitution.It also involves a full parliamentary debate on having troops in Afghanistan and a cross-party committee on climate change to put a price on carbon.There would also be a parliamentary integrity commissioner and a budget office.The Greens leader, Bob... Read more
By Suresh Nautiyal   INDIA has been romantically popularised as the largest democracy on earth as if democracy is the ultimate and the most perfect system of governance! I have no great idea of any other better form of governance; however we certainly can improve on the given system by moving towards the direct democracy i.e. empowering people to take their own decisions collectively and unanimously. It certainly is not about taking decisions individually. In our context, when we talk about the... Read more