Emeritus Professor Gavan McCormack will give an introduciton to this public forum marking two years since the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated the north east coast, the Tohoku Area, of Japan.
People in Canberra and around the world raised funds to send to the stricken areas. In the Tohoku area the word 'kizuna' (bond) emerged, to embody the spirit of the local people as they helped each other through the disaster. Moves are under way to rebuild the towns destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami.
For the communities of Fukushima Prefecture however, where large areas of land are contaminated by radiation, there is no resolution in sight.
This year, special guest speakers from Fukushima will be touring Australia, sharing their experiences and how their lives have changed. It is an opportunity to learn more about the problems facing these communities, and the ways that we can assist them to rebuild their lives. We will also closely examine the role of Australia in the global nuclear supply chain through mining and export of uranium.
Speakers at the Canberra Public Forum include:
Gavan McCormack, Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU
Hasegawa Kenichi, a farmer from the Iitate village, Fukushima- Japan
Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat organisation, Tokyo- Japan
Tomohiro Matsuoka, Japanese for Peace, Melbourne- Australia
Felicity Ruby, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and advisor to Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam
Dave Sweeney, Nuclear Free Campaigner, Australian Conservation Foundation