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Dec 18, 2012

[Statement of Associate Professor Shimoji] Why do the police create lies to arrest me? The reason is I am participating in citizens groups protesting the re-start of nuclear power plants and the further spread of radiation.

I feel another hero has appeared.  Reading this statement, you will find that the arrest of Associate Professor Shimoji was unlawful and he is a decent and intellectual person.  This unjust arrest, on the contrary, makes us know that the ruling class has been driven into a corner.
Fools who side with the ruling class have to prepare to be ruined unless they change their attitude and take a conscientious action.  I am writing this kind of thing because there are some people who barely have soul.

Masatoshi Takeshita
December 16, 2016

Masaki Shimoji

English translation of an excerpt of a Japanese article: Monju Bosatsu - December 15, 2012 –

Statement of Hannan University Associate Professor Shimoji, 
who was arrested at his home and has been detained 

 (He wants this statement to be delivered to as many people as possible); from member of “Osaka Declaration Group”

<Comment of group member>

This is a statement of Masaki Shimoji, associate professor at Hannan University.  The other day he was suddenly arrested by the police who came to his house and confiscated a total 129 item goods including PC and passbooks.  He has been engaged in a movement to protest against accepting earthquake debris by Osaka municipal government.

Associate Professor Shimoji requests us to deliver this statement to as many people as possible.


*We have received a statement of Associate Professor Shimoji unfairly under detention.*

(So in original)

What is written in my arrest warrant is untrue.  I am totally shocked that the police, who witnessed my actions that are the basis for my arrest, have created completely false statements.  Why do the police created lies in order to arrest me?  The reason is I am participating in citizens groups protesting the re-start of nuclear power plants and the further spread of radiation (through disaster area debris incineration).  In particular, I have criticized the unlawful conduct by police that I have come across through my participation in this movement.  I have not done anything wrong.

Japan and the world we live in is an extremely dangerous place.  The nuclear disaster of Fukushima is not under control, and should the spent fuel pool in reactor no. 4 collapse, the consequences would be catastrophic for not only Japan but the world as well.  Nothing has been done to deal with nuclear fallout, as food and other products continue through the distribution system.  Not only that, a campaign claiming “we don’t have enough electricity” is being waged, and use of nuclear energy is still being promoted.  This is sheer madness.

In the coming 6 to 12 months, the policies implemented by the government will determine our future.  Looking at the faces of my students on a daily basis who are about 20 years old, I think about what kind of world they will live in when in 20 years they reach the same age as me.  Each time I do, I regret that those of us of the older generation were unable to prevent the nuclear disaster.  The young are not responsible.  If anything, I want to work toward leaving an even somewhat better place for them.  The disaster has already happened and there is no much time left.  But there is hope.

Now, I cannot act but I have not given up.  I have been able to deliver this statement despite my detention.  And if enough people act and raise their voices, we might be in time.  I especially call on other university educators, doctors, scientists, and all those who are considered to be ‘specialists’: Lear from those citizens who appear to be “uneducated or emotional.”  Their voices remain unheard and ignored; speak out so their concerns can be heard.

The truth will show itself through a process of critique and dialogue.  Stand on the side of those who oppose and act so that the truth will be known, by taking to task the government and those wielding power.  You may make errors, and that is all right.  Always stand on the side of those with less power and support them.  Even if they make mistakes, use your authority to get to the truth when dealing with those in power.  It doesn’t matter what your field is; have the courage to speak out.

Finally, I address the issue that I have been most deeply involved; the debris from disaster areas.  The city of Osaka forcefully began experimental incineration of such debris at the end of November and continues preparation for the full implementation beginning in February of next year.  As I have repeatedly said, the wide-spread incineration throughout Japan of disaster debris will not benefit anyone.  Budget funding earmarked for the reconstruction of disaster areas will be funneled off for such incineration, hampering progress on reconstruction.  Radiation will be scattered, those living in affected areas will be forced to endure living in contaminated conditions, and the responsibilities of TEPCO will be lightened.  We will pay for this with our lives and that of our children and those who are yet born.  Such an irresponsible policy should not be allowed.  We must stop this.  Those of you who have studied and fought together, do not give up and continue to fight.  For those of you who were not know about the debris incineration issue, learn more and lend us a hand.  This is a fight to save our future.

I do not know when I will be released, but I will return at some point.  Even if I’m not visible, I am with you in spirit.  As for the others who were also unfairly arrested, I’m sure they feel the same way.  I look forward to seeing you again.

December 12, 2012  Masaki Shimoji

*Note) Font color changed into red in some parts for emphatic expression 

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