March 11, 2013 Two Year Anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

From: Aslihan Tumer, Greenpeace International

Dear Barbara,

Today I’m writing to you about the Fukushima nuclear disaster because I need your support. First, try to imagine being forced to abandon your home so quickly that you cannot even return to warn your neighbours and friends to evacuate. Then imagine being told you may not be able to live in your home again for decades. It is too dangerous, there is too much radiation. That is what happened to some 160,000 people because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. For the past two years these people have lived in limbo: not able to return, not able to start a new life, bearing the burden of the nuclear industry’s disaster which the Red Cross calls an “ongoing humanitarian crisis”.

Before this email you may never have heard of General Electric, Hitachi and Toshiba’s connection to this disaster. But these three famous companies were closely involved in the design, construction and servicing of the Fukushima nuclear reactors, which experienced multiple failures and three full meltdowns almost two years ago.

Then these companies walked away from the disaster without being held accountable, including without paying any of the cost – estimated at 250 billion US dollars.

This situation is completely unjust and must change. If you agree, please join us in taking action.

General Electric, Hitachi and Toshiba are nuclear supplier companies who have left the Japanese people, especially the victims of Fukushima, to bear the burden of this nuclear disaster. In comparison with the zero dollars these companies have paid, the Japanese people have already paid 43.7 billion US dollars worth of public money.

The nuclear industry profits while creating huge nuclear risk, but people pay the price for this risk. This is partly because of flawed nuclear liability laws which prioritise the profits of the industry over the health and safety of the public by exempting nuclear supplier companies from paying for nuclear disasters. The situation in Japan is not an exception, nuclear liability laws are like this in most countries. The nuclear industry needs to be accountable just like any other industry in the world. The solution is simple “The polluter must pay.”

You can help change this unfair situation – please help us build awareness of this issue and spread the word!

Thank you for supporting our work,



About Barbara Billig

Hi! I am Barbara Griffin Billig and I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis at age nineteen with a degree in biology and chemistry. After teaching for several years in St. Louis, Southern California seemed to be calling. There I started and worked at a variety of businesses including pet shops, restaurants, and a real estate brokerage firm. Deciding to take a sabbatical from the business world for several years I wrote, in conjunction with another teacher, Bett Pohnka, “The Nuclear Catastrophe”. This fiction novel portrayed what ultimately came to pass with 3 Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the Japan Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown. A new updated edition of this is available as an EBook for the kindle. An updated paperback version entitled“THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe” is now also available. In 2014 the sequel was published: "#Betrayal, a nuclear fiction novel of survival"
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12 Responses to March 11, 2013 Two Year Anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

  1. That is a very unfair situation…such a tragedy. I will be sharing…


  2. Wow… did not know this. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Thanks for sharing – I was not aware of this.


  4. I had no idea. Thank you for the information.


  5. I had no idea this even happened, you see these kind of things in movies and never really think they can happen. When I lived in El Salvador there was a volcano nearby and I was always afraid it would explode, it never did when I was there but that is the same feeling people who live near nuclear plants must have. Thank you for bringing awareness.


  6. Aslihan – thank you so much for sharing the bigger picture. We often have no idea of the personal impacts of these kinds of disasters on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, let alone the utter failure of those at fault to do something to help.


  7. Thank you so much for sharing this information and allowing us to become more aware.


  8. Wow…the things we are unaware of…


  9. Valuable information. I had no idea! Thanks for sharing!


  10. meryl444 says:

    How sad…thanks for bringing this to our attention.


  11. Thanks for sharing this information.


  12. I had no idea about this- thank you for being such an advocate in our safety.


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