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Reports and message form Lithuania

FUKAO Toshiko,

Fukuoka-nishi Chapter, New Japan Women’s Association

 

Hello. I am FUKAO Toshiko of New Japan Women’s Association Fukuoka Nishi Chapter.  Thank you for giving me an opportunity to speak here.

Together with Mr. Kimura Isamu, former secretary general of Fukuoka Gensuikyo, I attended the 29th memorial ceremony of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident held in Vilnius, Lithuania on April 27th. 

The event consisted of a memorial ceremony, an international conference and a commendation ceremony conducted in Lithuanian and Latvian languages. They were very fruitful, sincere and interesting. At the international meeting, an active exchange took place, including the presentation made by the representative of Latvia. At the commendation ceremony, Mr. Kimura was awarded for his significant support to the development of the Chernobyl movement in Lithuania. I also received an award on behalf of the Fukuoka-nishi Chapter of the New Japan Women’s Association for sending donation over 20 years in a form of 1-yen coin donation collection, to support the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, especially to give preventive vaccine of thyroid cancer for children. 

The final part of the program was a signing ceremony. In order to ensure employment of more than 2000 survivors of the accident, an agreement was signed between the charity organization “Our Coast”, for which Dr. Gediminas Rimdeika serves as the vice-president, and a governmental employment agency, similar to the Japanese Public Employment Security Office.

Unfortunately, Dr. Rimdeika cannot attend this year’s World Conference, so he asked me to submit the report of the ceremony and conference to the chair of the World Conference, along with his condolences at the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki tragedy and his best wishes for a success of this year’s World Conference. 

   Now, allow me to read out the message from Dr. Rimdeika.

 

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Dear Chairman of the Conference, dear Conference participants,

 

              Today the whole world is commemorating an unprecedented event, the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb explosions. We, Lithuanian Chernobyl members, Chernobyl emergency workers, since 1992, when Gensuikyo delegation arrived in Lithuania, led by Isamu Kimura, actively started to take part in your struggle to prohibit and abolish nuclear weapons.

              Lithuanian schools for several years organized the children’s drawing competitions – how they understand the tragedy of Japan, and the best works were brought to Japan, we organized the collections of the signatures as well, from schoolchildren, students, nurses, ministers, members of the Lithuanian Parliament. The Lithuanian Parliament chairpersons, the heads of the Government of Lithuania have repeatedly sent the support and congratulatory letters for Global Conferences.

              Each year, while commemorating the anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, more than 7,000 young Lithuanian men were taken to emergency works, at the conferences we discuss the painful past of Japan too. This year’s Chernobyl annual conference we dedicated to commemorate the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

              Please accept our conference printed material. We all understand and accept Your goal – to eliminate nuclear weapons, a man cannot live with a nuclear weapons, as well as the so-called “peaceful atom”, as there is no safe nuclear power – there is no peaceful atom. Chernobyl, and later happened bigger or smaller accidents at nuclear power plants, just confirmed that one more time. We welcome the world’s countries and their governments that stop nuclear power work, while Germany has already decided in 2022 to completely close all operating nuclear power plants. We welcome the these days reached agreement of the world’s countries to limit Iran’s capability to build a nuclear weapon, that is a great merit of the United Nations as well.

              Today we want to thank the Japanese nation, the nation that lived through the tragedy and still found the strength to rise to the global fight for the welfare of other countries in banning nuclear weapons and its abolition. In this difficult, but very meaningful fight, the whole world and a little Lithuania is together with You. We want to thank You for the great support, that Japanese specialists – doctors, gave us, with their help we improve the treatment therapies of Chernobyl members, as well as improve their health condition.

              Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bikini Atoll, Chernobyl, Semipalatinsk, Nevada, Labnor – this is the most shameful list, and we must say STOP for its extension. Your seventy years ago started Peace march across the World today gives the results. We join you and urge all advanced forces in the World to follow the Japanese people AND WORK TOWARDS THE GLOBAL ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

LIVE WITHOUT NUCLEAR POWER.

                                                                      Gediminas Rimdeika

                                                                      Vice President, Chernobyl Fund “Our Coast“