Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kenji Higuchi Lecture "The Truth of the Fukushima 50"

Kenji Higuchi, a photo journalist who has investigated nuclear power plant workers for 40 years, gave a lecture on May 3, 2011 at the All Freeter's Union office in Tokyo. The transcription is now available in English (translated by myself, revised by Adrienne Hurley).

Please note that the repressive hierarchy of the industry as well as social discrimination has long made nuclear power plants possible. This is what I have long investigated for decades. I have been researching the nuclear plant workers for 38 years, believing that we must oppose this cruel structure.

At the top of the hierarchy there are those electric power companies, and then those manufacturers, such as Mitsui, Mitsubishi, and Hitachi. Those are establishments, hiring excellent students from the University of Tokyo — that is why I strongly argue that this university must be demolished. And then, there are those subcontractors, subcontractors of subcontractors, and so on, and those private agencies that recruit temporary workers. The mass media call those subcontractors and private agencies “cooperative companies.” That is a euphemism. Those private agencies are akin to human traffickers. Even calling them middlemen is charitable.

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And also I'd like to thank the filmmakers Julia Leser and Clarissa Seidel for the providing the materials for this translation. I'd like to ask you readers to see the trailer of RADIOACTIVISTS - Protest in Japan since Fukushima and donate.

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