Statement of solidarity against Tokyo Electric Power Company’s plans to discharge radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean


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  1. Greenpeace Aotearoa

  2. Peace Movement Aotearoa

  3. ICAN Aotearoa New Zealand

  4. Dr Karly Burch, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago

  5. Te Ao O Rongomaraeroa Student Association

  6. Radiation Exposure Awareness Crusaders of Humanit-Marshall Islands (REACH-MI), College of the Marshall Islands

  7. Frances Mountier

  8. Janet Crawford

  9. Mrs M Smart

  10. Carol Gilbert

  11. Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret'd)

  12. Mr. Stephen V. Kobasa

  13. J A Dezoete

  14. F Dezoete

  15. Assistant Professor Isa Arriola, Concordia University

  16. Our Common Wealth 670

  17. Jamie Cave

  18. Treasurer Kathy Yuknavage, Our Common Wealth 670

  19. Naomi Tudela

  20. Nola Smith

  21. M Wade

  22. Dr Pamela Gerrish Nunn

  23. Ian Stewart

  24. Murray Overton, National Director Christian World Service

  25. Viola Palmer

  26. Gillian Southey

  27. Heather Denny

  28. Carey D.

  29. Anne Priestley

  30. Alayna Ynacay-Nye

  31. Mary Fem Urena

  32. Danyelle Kawamura

  33. Reiko Tashiro

  34. Peter Watson

  35. Yuki Wada

  36. Sarah Nilson

  37. Peter Archer

  38. Bridget Liang, PhD Candidate

  39. 田中稔子(Toshiko Tanaka)

  40. Professor Robert Jacobs, Hiroshima Peace Institute

  41. David Mason

  42. Rae Duff, Graduate Women Wellington New Zealand

  43. Otone Chiba

  44. Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand

  45. Megumi Hoshino

  46. Yuki Miyamoto, DePaul University

  47. 80000 Voices

  48. Rumi Weaver

  49. Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi

  50. Rebekka

  51. Elizabeth Duke

  52. Dr Ann Marie Stuart

  53. Tauiwi Solutions

  54. Jill Cloutier

  55. Dr Kate Dewes

  56. Mary Cunningham

  57. Alexander Brown

  58. Cathy Iwane

  59. Irene Johnson

  60. Associate Professor Caroline Orchiston, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago

  61. Prutehi Litekyan Save Ritidian

  62. Minna Natsuko Ito, Boston University

  63. Tony Fala

  64. Maire Leadbeater

  65. Professor Janet Stephenson, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago

  66. Ms Elizabeth Dooley

  67. Mizuki Nakamura

  68. Charmaine Willis, University at Albany

  69. Vivian Ly

  70. Dr. Bob Boughton

  71. Tewid Mario Meresbang

  72. Stefanie Miller

  73. Professor Anais Maurer, Rutgers Universsity

  74. ruth c

  75. Tony Fala, Student Achievement Team, Massey University

  76. Audrey van Ryn

  77. Rev.Dr. Jonathan Hartfield

  78. Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, New Zealand

  79. George Fraser

  80. Chairperson 委員長 Junko Kikuchi 菊地純子, NCC German-Speaking Church Relations Committee

  81. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

  82. Ray Acheson

  83. 遠藤真理子

  84. Cassandra Mangarero

  85. Graduate Women New Zealand GWNZ


Statement of solidarity against Tokyo Electric Power Company’s plans to discharge radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean

On 26 November 2022, the Nuclear Connections Across Oceania Conference convened a panel and a working group to address the urgent need to stop the discharge of radioactive wastewater at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO’s) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Japanese government has approved TEPCO’s plan to discharge over 1.3 million tonnes of radioactive wastewater beginning in 2023. The radioactive wastewater will be discharged for approximately 30 years (from 2023 to at least 2050).

The signatories of this statement are in solidarity against the planned discharge and support the following resolutions:

  1. We call on TEPCO and the Japanese Government to immediately end its plan to discharge radioactive wastewater from Fukushima Daiichi into the Pacific Ocean.

  2. We call on the New Zealand government to stay true to its commitment to a nuclear free Pacific, and to support other concerned Pacific governments by playing a leading role in taking a case to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea against Japan concerning the proposed radioactive wastewater release from TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi.

  3. We seek clarity from the Japanese Government, the International Atomic Energy Agency, Henry Puna (the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Pacific Ocean Commissioner), and the Pacific Panel of Independent Global Experts on Nuclear Issues on the outcome of numerous meetings they had about the radioactive wastewater discharge.

  4. We call for a transparent and accountable consultation process as called for by Japanese civil society groups, Pacific leaders, and regional organisations. This consultation would be between the Japanese government and its neighbours throughout the Pacific. These processes must be directed by impacted communities within Japan and throughout the Pacific to facilitate fair and open public deliberations and rigorous scientific debate.


TEPCO and the Japanese government’s disregard for Pacific sovereignty and self-determination

Post-World War II nuclear imperialism turned the Pacific into the “nuclear playground” of many imperial powers, including Japan. However, Pacific peoples have long been fighting to sustain the ocean’s health for the shared good of all. This is seen in how a nuclear free and independent Pacific has been an important goal of pan-Pacific regionalism and environmentalism since the onset of nuclear imperialism and the nuclear colonialism that sustains it. Nuclear colonialism has been defined as “a system of domination through which governments and corporations target [I]ndigenous peoples and their lands to maintain the nuclear production process.” Since the onset of the nuclear era, Pacific peoples and their ancestral lands and waters have been targeted as the place to “test” 315 nuclear weapons and dump nuclear waste.

TEPCO and the Japanese government’s plan to discharge radioactive wastewater into the Pacific shows direct disregard for the sovereignty and self-determination of Pacific peoples and the ocean their livelihoods depend upon. In attempting to maintain their nuclear production processes by discharging radioactive wastewater into the ocean against the will of people throughout the Pacific, TEPCO and the Japanese government’s plan to discharge radioactive wastewater is also a clear act of nuclear colonial violence.

We view this form of Japanese supremacy and entitlement to Pacific peoples’ lands, waters and bodies as a bleak continuation of Japanese imperialism and colonialism, specifically the brutal occupation in the interwar years of Micronesia and the 1979 proposal to dump nuclear waste in the Marianas. We also view this act of nuclear colonialism as being founded in the ongoing settler colonisation of Uchinaa (Okinawa) and Ainu Mosir (Hokkaido), as well as the perpetuation of Japanese settler coloniality as a means to further American military imperialism in the Pacific.

Defending an interdependent ocean from threats of cultural, economic, environmental and spiritual harm is the duty of all Pacific peoples, who are protecting the Pacific’s shared heritage and environment for future generations. Reverence and responsibility for the ocean’s health are enshrined in Pacific states’ adherence to a series of international laws and treaties. For example, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, the London Convention 1972, the Treaty of Rarotonga 1985, the Noumea Convention 1986, and the Waigani Convention 1995. In addition, on 8 October 2021, the UN Human Rights Council adopted resolution 48/13, recognising that a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right.

Pacific peoples bear fundamental rights to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. By proceeding with its plans to discharge radioactive wastewater without proper consultation with and consent from governments and people in the wider Pacific, the Japanese government is showing a direct disregard for international agreements and the sovereignty and self-determination of Pacific peoples.

TEPCO and the Japanese government’s lack of rigorous assessment and sufficient data

We condemn attempts by the Japanese government and TEPCO to trivialise the nature and extent of the damages the radioactive wastewater discharge will cause to the people, ocean life, and places of the Pacific as they refuse to conduct rigorous Radiological Impact Assessments and Environmental Impact Assessments as required by international law.

The current plan to discharge radioactive wastewater has been deemed “safe” based on a severely flawed Radiological Impact Assessment carried out with the endorsement of the Japanese government. Yet, neither TEPCO nor the Japanese government have conducted a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment of the potential effects of an approximately 30-year discharge of radioactive wastewater into the ocean. This lack of rigorous assessment persists, even when independent experts have acknowledged that these safety claims are based on insufficient data.

In addition, Japan has not adequately considered other possible on-land storage methods despite evidence from predictive models that radioactive particles released into the ocean will spread to the northern Pacific and cause transboundary harm. The Japanese government has also known since at least August 2018 that ALPS-treated wastewater contains long-lasting radionuclides such as Iodine-129 in quantities exceeding government regulations. Yet, none of this has been addressed through rigorous assessments of long-term, transboundary impacts.

TEPCO and the Japanese government’s attempts to shut down public deliberation on nuclear safety

Domestically, the Japanese government has failed to make material changes to its nuclear policies in the aftermath of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Instead, TEPCO and the Japanese government have opted for a fukkō (reconstruction) program that aims to overcome the disaster and its material consequences by ostracising and stigmatising anyone who questions the safety of eating, breathing, or living alongside uranium-derived radionuclides. This ostracisation and stigmatisation happens through gaslighting victims and accusing anyone who questions official declarations of nuclear safety of spreading fūhyō higai—translated to English as harmful rumours that cause reputational and economic damage.

Even today, people or governments who openly question official radiation standards or nuclear policies (such as the radioactive wastewater discharge plan) or openly display information about contamination levels can be accused of spreading harmful rumours. This allows the Japanese government and TEPCO to shift the burden of responsibility for the material consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster away from themselves and to the people who speak up about these consequences.

Harmful rumour policies are supported by and enforced through patriarchy. This is because harmful rumour policies are often aimed at silencing women and paternalistically recasting opposition to eating, breathing, or dumping nuclear pollution as ignorant and excessively emotional.

TEPCO and the Japanese government’s attempts to shut down rigorous scientific debate on nuclear safety

TEPCO and the Japanese government’s strategic use of misogynistic harmful rumours policies also re-entrenches dominant nuclear safety standards as authoritative and unimpeachable despite these standards being problematic in three significant ways.

First, dominant nuclear safety standards are based on estimates of external radiation (for example, gamma radiation from a nuclear bomb blast). Thus, these standards cannot rigorously address questions of what happens when radioactive particles (for example, the Tritium, Iodine-129, Ruthenium-106, Strontium-90 and other particles expected to be released within TEPCO’s wastewater) are incorporated into bodies, soils, waters, and ecosystems.

Second, dominant nuclear safety standards are based on scientific models and assumptions designed by the United States as it was expanding and testing its nuclear weapons arsenal. As such, these standards were designed to exonerate the United States military from responsibility for the harms caused by nuclear weapons experimentation and to facilitate the global expansion of a commercial nuclear industry.

Third, the gaslighting and accusations of inflicting harm upon disaster victims also affects scientists who are themselves discouraged from questioning dominant nuclear safety standards.

As a result, the dominant nuclear safety standards being used to prove the “safety” of TEPCO’s wastewater discharge should not be considered rigorous or trustworthy until scientists can critically evaluate them and the wider public can openly deliberate them.




1. 私たちは、東京電力と日本政府に対し、福島第一原発からの放射能汚染水を太平洋に海洋放出する計画を直ちに中止するよう要求する。

2. 私たちは、ニュージーランド政府に対し、非核独立太平洋構築の公約を忠実に守り、東京電力福島第一原発からの放射能汚染水放出計画を承認した、日本政府に対して国際海洋法裁判所への提訴を主導する役割を担うことで、他の太平洋諸国政府を支援するよう要請する。

3. 私たちは、日本政府、国際原子力機関、ヘンリー・プナ氏(太平洋諸島フォーラム事務局長兼太平洋海洋委員)、原子力問題の専門家が所属する太平洋パネルが実施した放射能汚染水の海洋放出に関連する数々の会議の内容を、明確に公示することを要求する。

4. 私たちは、日本の市民社会団体、太平洋地域の活動家や地域単位の団体が求めているように、日本政府と東京電力には、太平洋の近隣諸国と公の場で開かれた協議を行う義務があることを主張する。これらのプロセスは、公正で開かれた討論と厳密な科学的根拠をもとに行われることを保証するため、日本国内および太平洋全域の影響を受けるコミュニティにより主導されなければならない。





















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