A public meeting attended by over 70 people, hosted by TASC on Tuesday evening at Leiston Community Centre, saw Japanese anti-nuclear activist Kazuhiko Kobayashi explain how the Fukushima disaster of 2011 remains a real threat to local Japanese citizens as well as to the global community.

Kazuhiko has travelled throughout Europe over the last few years to warn people about the dangers of nuclear power but, more specifically, about the impact the disaster nine years ago had and continues to have on the young. Japanese children from the contaminated area are showing a greater incidence of thyroid cancer today than before the accident, he said; before the earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima nuclear complex, causing loss-of-coolant melt downs in three of the four reactors, thyroid cancer was unknown in children.

Kazuhiko shocked his audience with dramatic pictures of thousands of blue, plastic containers lying on the beach in front of the crippled plant and some casually stacked in gardens in residential areas. Huge tanks filled with radioactive waste water are likewise stored on the site. They are guaranteed for just five years before they are prone to failure.

Kazuhiko works with charities throughout Japan, and worldwide, raising money for the children of Fukushima, offering them holidays in uncontaminated parts of the country where they can enjoy the freedom to play outside and breathe fresh air, things they are unable to do in Fukushima.

A TASC spokesperson said after the meeting, ‘We are indebted to Kazuhiko for travelling at his own expense to talk to us and warn us about the consequences of unforeseen nuclear accidents. We must remember that in addition to the local dangers to life from the on-going radiation hazard, radioactive waste is being continually discharged to the Pacific and alpha-emitting particulates from the accident continue to circulate the planet in the jet-stream, gradually settling out to contaminate the soil, land, water and homes causing long-term but incalculable health consequences over generations.’

Thanks are due to the attendees for their generosity as £450 was raised at the meeting for the relief programmes for the children of Fukushima.