This articile is reblogged here with the permission of the author of Evacuate-Fukushima.com
ORIGINAL LINK AND ARTICLE: http://www.evacuate-fukushima.com/2015/11/ken-sakamoto-protecting-housing-subsidies-for-evacuees/
迫り来る東京オリンピックにむけ、福島原発事故も含め、２０１１年の東北地方のトリプル災害から日本が完全に復興したと世界に示すために、安倍晋三と 地方自治体政府は、何千人という避難者に帰還の時期がきたと明言しました。日本政府によると、除染作業が十分に行われた結果、汚染された土地に帰還するこ とに安全上の問題はないということです。しかし、多くの避難者は地方自治体政府による、このプロパガンダ戦略にのらず、当然のことながら、帰還に二の足を 踏んでいます。帰還を促進させるために、政府は２０１８年には大多数の避難者の住宅支援と賠償を打ち切るという強硬な手段に訴えています。
In the light of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and its bid to show the world that Japan has fully recovered from the triple disaster that hit Tohoku in 2011, including the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima and beyond, Shinzo Abe and local governments have made it clear to tens of thousands of evacuees that it is time to go home. Japan claims that sufficient decontamination work has been concluded to return evacuees safely to their contaminated land. But most aren’t buying into the many propaganda tactics by local governments and are reticent to go back, rightfully so. In order to speed up the return process, the government has adopted drastic measures, such as cutting all housing subsidies and other compensations to most evacuees, by year 2018, forcing evacuees to return.
日本のメディアは殆ど伝えていませんが、福島では帰還政策に対して、住民の広汎な抵 抗が起こり、多くの市民が激しい、献身的な 団体やNPOを結成し、こうした圧力をかけてきている改革に対して闘っています。その最も献身的なリーダーの一人が坂本建さんです。私はSNSを通して、 またEvacuate Fukushima「福島の子供を守れ」のメンバーで私の大事な友人であるYukiko Youngの紹介で、坂本さんと知り合うという幸運に恵まれました。坂本さんは信じがたい人物で全身全霊、福島の子供と居住者の生命を守る闘争に捧げてお られます。
Though poorly reported by the Japanese media, Fukushima has experienced an increasing resistance from residents on this issue and numerous citizens have organized into fierce and dedicated groups and NPOs to fight against these pressuring reforms. One of their most dedicated leader is Ken Sakamoto, which I have had the privilege to meet via social Networks and introduced to me by my dear friend and member of Evacuate Fukushima 福島の子供を守れ; Yukiko Young. Sakamoto san is an incredible human being and is fighting, body and soul, to protect the lives of children and residents in Fukushima.
坂本さんは私たちのインタビューを受けることを了承してくださり、私たちはインタ ビューの結果をできるだけ広く拡散、シェアすることを約束しました。今までメディアが本気を入れずにやってきたよりも、うんと広汎に情報が拡散されること を期待しています。私たちは皆な、福島の忘れられた声を世界に伝えるプラットフォームです。ですので、みなさん、このインタビューを読んで、広くシェアす ることで、ぜひ坂本さんと何千という犠牲者をサポートしてください。インタビューの終わりに寄付のためのリンクがあります。こちらに寄付することで犠牲者 を直接支援することができます。多くの人がどうやって寄付を通して支援できるだろうかという質問を寄せてくださいました。こちらにその回答があります！
Sakamoto san has accepted to interview with us and we have promised to him to SHARE the voices of Fukushima – otherwise silenced by an unwilling media body. So please, support him and the thousands of victims by reading this interview and to share aplenty. At the end of this, you will find links wherein you may donate money that will directly come in help of these victims. Many people have asked me how they could help in terms of donation, this is it!
Sakamoto san, thank you for taking the time and effort to speak with us.
You have gone on a 13 days hunger strike as a protest against the Government’s decision to terminate housing subsidies for Fukushima evacuees – which consequently is forcing residents to return with their children to contaminated areas.
Our first question to you though is “how is your health?”. “Are you ok?
Yes I am absolutely fine and thank you so much for your concern. I would have not been able to complete this hunger strike without the moral support from other evacuees and help from my friends. Before we go further into this, I wish to redirect all acknowledgments directly to those who supported me – anonymously.
Usually, for a hunger strike, the person remains in one place, protesting that way night and day. However, in this case, I only had four days to prepare, from the moment I decided to go ahead with the hunger strike (only water and salt). It was a very short time to prepare. I still had to fulfill other engagements I had previously made in the prefecture of Kanagawa* and also kept going back and forth to Fukushima prefecture to pursue my claims, speaking on behalf of evacuees. But I did manage to do it all, while restricting myself to salt and water, even during my travels. The best approach to recuperate from a hunger strike is to devote the same amount of days you’ve spent without eating to gradually return to a regular diet. After fasting for 13 days, I started to eat normally the very next day and I was being cautious to drink lots of water, to avoid spicy food and was eating even a bit less, as I had to quickly return to other engagements – but I was listening to my body and felt no particular problems. I was able to get well quickly and move on with my life. I am grateful to everyone who has given me their moral support who definitely helped boosting my physical condition .
THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW: http://www.evacuate-fukushima.com/2015/11/ken-sakamoto-protecting-housing-subsidies-for-evacuees/