Human Rights Seminar 2016

Original Japanese written by Izumi Koshiyama, a new staffer at No Nuke Project

The English below written and arranged by Heeday, based on the original Japanese

The English edited by Rev. Dr. Henry French, ELCA

Under the banner of “Nuclear Power and Human Rights in Fukushima,” the Human Rights Seminar of the Anglican-Episcopal Church in Japan met this year at St. Peter &St. Paul’s Church, Koriyama, Fukushima, from Tuesday, October 4th, through Thursday, October 6th. 26 participants gathered there from all Dioceses nationwide. Listening ardently to voices from Fukushima, the participants visited some sites of the damage done by the Fukushima meltdown, and discussed the nuclear power issue with enthusiasm. Thus, they had three days of earnest discussions and prayers, as well as good fellowship.

Opening message by Bishop Muto, who takes care of human rights affairs
Greeting by Mr. Satoshi Miyake, the laity representative
Presentation by Ms. Kay Ikezumi, the Secretary General of the No Nuke Project
Around the place where the Tomioka Railroad Station used to stand (currently, some contaminated soil is stored here)
Ukedo Elementary School, destroyed by the tsunami of March 2011
In front of “Yono-mori (Nighttime Forest)” Street, adorned with cherry trees, Tomioka, Fukushima
The Eucharist held on the last day
Group photo after the Eucharist