Fukushima disaster attracts attention of Japanese punk band and Seattle antinuclear activists

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      A Japanese punk band, the Scrap, has been making waves with a song trashing the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which owns the crippled nuclear-power plant in Fukushima.

      It's personal for the band members, who've suffered enormously as a result of the disaster, which created widespread homelessness.

      According to British nuclear engineer John Large, radiation from Fukushima could kill more than the 500,000 who died as a result of the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in 1986.

      The Scrap has gotten scrappy with TEPCO.

      Anyone interested in learning more about this issue might want to head down to Seattle tomorrow (March 17). That's because from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a free public event called "Fukushima: Lessons for the Northwest” at the University United Methodist Temple Church (1415 NE 43rd Ave., Seattle).

      There will be presentations from antinuclear activist and author Dr. Helen Caldicott and former nuclear-industry-executive-turned-whistle-blower Arnie Gunderson, as well as a video conference with Institute for Policy Studies senior scholar Robert Alvarez. He has previously described nuclear power as "expensive, dangerous, and too radioactive for Wall Street"

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      Mark Fornataro

      Mar 16, 2012 at 3:39pm

      Thank God for Dr. Caldicott. Her books should be required reading in school.

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