Every sentence of Mr. Uekusa is very clear and the point of his argument is well organized. I think that unlike Mr. Mitsuhashi, Mr. Uekusa clearly understands what is important.
December 6, 2012
English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: “Unknown Truth” by Kazuhide Uekusa – December 2, 2012 –
Let’s Decide to Immediately Abolish Nuclear Power Generation for Future of Japan
The three issues in the coming election are on nuclear power generation, consumption tax and TPP & Osprey.
The issue emerging as the most important one is a nuclear policy: whether to abolish nuclear power generation or to maintain it, or whether to approve restarting nuclear power plants or not to approve it.
This policy provides us important information based on which we, sovereign members of this country, make a decision.
As for nuclear power plants, once an accident occurs at one of them, it will cause trillions yen of damage. And measures for final disposal of spent nuclear fuel have yet to be determined. Above all, beautiful land will be lost forever.
The accident in Fukushima has not been concluded yet.
Incidence of thyroid cancer has been reported though the causal relation between the disease and radiation has yet to be determined. Many Japanese are deeply worried about what kind of problem will be actualized in the future.
Given the fact, it is a shallow idea to keep on using nuclear power because we have already had nuclear facilities.
It does not matter if we lose the national land for money. This is the very idea “the miser” has.
As clearly shown in the case of Fukushima, Japan is the country most prone to earthquakes in the world. We have a history of repeated attacks of massive earthquakes and massive tsunamis. This destiny won’t be changed in the future, either.
As we have experienced the accident in Fukushima, it is we sovereign members that are authorized to make a final decision on this issue after due consideration.
In the coming election, sovereign members of Japan should demonstrate a clear-cut decision on this issue.
1. Political party which clearly demonstrates the abolition of nuclear power generation within a decade and sets its political platform of basically disapproving of restarting nuclear power plants
2. Political party which does not demonstrate the abolition of nuclear power generation within a decade and shows its policy of maintaining the use of nuclear power and also restarting the existing nuclear power plants
We sovereign members have to judge which party to select after due consideration.
The political parties which clearly demonstrate the abolition of nuclear power generation within a decade, which include “Mirai”, “Social Democratic Party”, “Japan Communist Party (JCP)”, “Daichi” and “Green”, simultaneously demonstrate their opposition to consumption tax hike and opposition to TPP & Osprey.
In a word, “Mirai”, “Social Democratic Party”, “JCP”, “Daichi” and “Green” are the force against “nuclear power generation/consumption tax hike/TPP & Osprey.”
On the other hand, the force which denies the abolition of nuclear power generation within a decade consists of JPD/ LDP/ New Komeito+Your Party/Ishin+Kaikaku.
This force basically approves consumption tax hike (partly with reservations) and approves TPP (partly with reservations).
To put it simply, JPD/LDP/New Komeito+Your Party/Ishin+Kaikaku are the force to promote “nuclear power generation/consumption tax hike/TPP & Osprey.”
The coming election will be summarized schematically: “Suishinja (Ptoponents) vs. Mitomenja (Opponents)” on the three issues of nuclear power generation, consumption tax and TPP.