Fukushima Cultural Support Network.
The Great Earthquake on March 11th,
2011 struck eastern Japan in an unprecedented and devastating manner.
Fukushima Prefecture has been put in an especially difficult situation
which is very different from other quake-hit regions.
Fukushima is suffering not only from the earthquakes and tsunami,
but also from radioactive pollution emitted from
Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
This ongoing nuclear accident makes it very difficult for Fukushima to find ways to rebuild.
Since these tragic events occured, a great many residents have
tearfully left their hometowns, but another two million have chosen to stay.
They still live under difficult situations in Fukushima.
We feel we need to do all we can for these residents in Fukushima
so as to protect them from isolation and violation of their human rights.
Our aim is for residents who have left to be able to come back to their hometown without fear.
We will work so that Fukushima can regain its beautiful nature and rich humanity.
We have therefore decided to establish an incorporated nonprofit organization named
"Fukushima Cultural Support Network."
Through this organization, we will;
- engage in educational and cultural activities such as music, theater, and storytelling (Kodan).
- organize a people's network centering around the exchange of information with residents of Fukushima.
- promote the shift of energy sources towards denuclearization.
- engage in activities to protect children from harm caused by radiation.
Now is the time to combine people's wisdom and knowledge in order to achieve these goals.
We hope to support the residents in both practical and emotional ways
so they can regain a comfortable daily life as soon as possible.
We strongly believe that our activity will contribute to the survival of Japanese residents,
and will also help to fulfill everyone's responsibility towards future generations.
We would greatly appreciate it if many of you could particiate and cooperate in our activities.