President Yamada arrived in San Francisco with Mr. Okamoto Tatsushi on Saturday July 28, and gave the first lecture on Sunday July 29 night, showing no fatigue of his long travel.
The lecture titled “Fukushima Forum” was hosted by an organization named “Fukushima Response”, acting mainly in San Francisco. The lecture was held at a hall in Sebastopol City, 50 miles north of San Francisco, and gathered an audience of over 100.
In his lecture President Yamada gave an initiated brief of the reality and difficulties for the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, in a comparison with the settlement of the Three Mile Island accident. He asserted the determination of SVCF: “The alternative we propose is that the seniors step in and assume hazardous fieldwork, sacrificing ourselves in lieu of young workers who are more vulnerable to radiation.”
He brought forth the following points.
The present settlement and dismantling work should be separated from privately owned TEPCO and be directed as a national project by the Government of Japan.
In order to maintain the transparency of the process of settlement, an internationally organized monitoring mission should be established.
To achieve these challenges, SVCF would heartily solicit the cooperation and unity with the citizens of theU.S. toward an official engagement in the bilateral relationship of Japan and America.