I wonder what the town assembly members who voted non confidence against Mayor Idogawa would do when their children or grandchildren are adversely affected by radiation in years to come.
How can human beings act as a tool of the bad, yielding to the temptation of immediate profits?
I have thought that law should require half of lawmakers to be women, but it might not be good. This is because most of people who desire to be lawmakers are greedy, regardless of gender.
December 21, 2012
Naoto Amaki - a former Japanese diplomat
English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: Blog of Amaki Naoto – December 21, 2012 –
Advocators of denuclearization, rally together for Town Mayor Idogawa!
Katsutaka Idogawa, town mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, was voted non-confidence unanimously in the town council on December 20, 2012.
It is not unusual that a town head is voted non-confidence in the town council.
The head must have a quarrel with the town council again in a small town of Fukushima. However, unanimous consent is quite unusual. The town mayor must have done something extremely wrong.
Such a small article must be read in this way without attracting a lot of attention from people.
However, that is not true.
This incidence has a symbolic meaning that advocators of denuclearization in this country will be expelled or eliminated one after another.
Mayor Idogawa is one of the few heads who have accused the government of taking no countermeasures against radiation contamination in Futaba and continued encouraging the residents to evacuate the town to save their life.
He resolved to go to Geneva, where he tried to make known to the world the relief of exposed residents and the incompetence of the Japanese government in the UN Commission on Human Rights.
The media that did not report about Mayor Idogawa’s words and deeds in Geneva don’t try to report about him correctly now.
As you know, the government has consistently discouraged evacuation of the residents in Fukushima Prefecture to hide the seriousness of the Fukushima accident from the people. It has tried to cope with radiation contamination by spending a huge amount of money and energy for decontamination.
The government has plotted together with the local government. They take skillful advantage of the sentiment of residents who cannot abandon their hometowns.
Of course, vested interests and money are involved behind this problem.
Advocators of denuclearization should rally together in Futaba town, Fukushima, and appeal for reelection of Mayor Idogawa. Unless realizing it, they are deceitful.
It is fine to voice objections against restarting nuclear power plants in front of the Diet building. It is fine to promote development of new energy. It is fine to sue TEPCO. It is fine to chant a slogan of denuclearization in the election.
However, what matters most in the issue of nuclear power is relief of exposed residents and compensation to them. To this end, we have to fight against the oppression of state power. We have to confront the bureaucracy, an executor of power.
Just now with a defeat in the general election of political parties which advocated abandonment of nuclear power, politics is about to head in the direction of maintaining it at once.
The non-confidence motion on Mayor Idogawa has been passed right on cue, which seems to symbolize this move.
Advocators of denuclearization after the general election should start fighting here.