Setsuka Kuroda, anti-nuclear activist, Koriyama, Japan

"Stop it once and for all"

Setsuko Kuroda lebt in Koriyama, einer Provinzstadt mit 329‘000 Einwohnern in der Präfektur Fukushima. In der Stadt werden Strahlendosen gemessen, die um bis das Zwanzigfache über dem natürlichen Wert liegen. Sie engagiert sich seit Jahrzehnten gegen Atomenergie.

Public Radiation Measuring at the railway station in Koriyama. 0,18 Mikrosievert is slightly higher than the natural level.

"I have been opposed to nuclear energy since the first reactors were built in Japan. My sister always laughed at me for this, but since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, she's lost her faith in the benefits of nuclear power. She would now like it phased out, as do nearly three-quarters of Japan's population. Nonetheless, Shinzo Abe was elected by the Liberal Democratic Party in 2012 and was endorsed in December 2014 in early elections. Abe forced a nuclear comeback and regards nuclear energy as an important pillar of the Japanese power supply in the medium term. It's infuriating. People want to move away from nuclear energy and yet voted into power those who will do the exact opposite. Yet many people in Koriyama are uncertain. It's a paralysing uncertainty. 'It's you again,' they say when I try to speak with them. 'Stop it once and for all. Just let us go on living. We can't change it any more.' But I've never thought of giving up, even if I'm sometimes overcome with fatigue after many years of activism. I feel a sense of responsibility, also when it comes to the next generations."

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