Using giant stickers, photos, projected images and nuclear scream masks,
activists have already brought messages such as 'They profit, you pay'
or 'Your Business, Our Risks' to the industry and the public. Activists
are also demanding that GE, Hitachi and Toshiba should not be allowed to
walk away from Fukushima.
Activists in Japan demonstrated in front of the country's parliament,
while in Belgium giant stickers were attached to GE's European
headquarters in Brussels. In Germany, activists unfurled a banner at
Hitachi Power's European HQ, while a giant blimp with similar messaging
would be seen flying across a North American city.
In response, Greenpeace International nuclear campaigner Dr. Rianne
"Today's activities in three continents, in three time zones, highlight
that the lack of accountability of the nuclear industry is not only a
problem limited to Japan. Global nuclear regulations are seriously flawed."
"In the case of Japan, two years after the Fukushima disaster, the
unfair system means hundreds of thousands of victims are still waiting
for reasonable compensation for their pain, suffering and losses. They
aren't getting the help they need to rebuild their lives."
"It is shocking that big companies like GE, Hitachi and Toshiba, don't
feel they have a moral responsibility to help people who have suffered
from the radioactive contamination caused by their products. They should
be made accountable for the risks they create."
The Greenpeace activities are taking place in France, Germany, Belgium,
Japan and North America, while a similar activity took place in Jordan
and Switzerland earlier this week.
Serious flaws in regulations worldwide force the public rather than
the industry to pay the vast majority of the costs of a nuclear
accident. The latest estimate is that the Fukushima disaster will cost
TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima plant, is only required to pay a
fraction of the disaster costs while supplier companies are not required
to pay anything, effectively putting the burden on the tax payer.