Delivering Voices, Lessons Learnt and Experiences from Fukushima Survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster to the International Community
Advocacy and Survivors’ Support Campaign
Peace Boat and its Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) will continue its ongoing Fukushima Awareness Raising Campaign, with the following objectives:
- To raise national and global awareness of the impact and lessons learnt from the Fukushima disaster.
- To provide a platform for Fukushima citizens to engage and interact with governmental, private and civil sector representatives from around the world.
- To advocate for the inclusion of nuclear risks and appropriate risk management measures for communities living in nuclear risk areas in global DRR policy.
- To build an informed community of supporters for Fukushima who can advocate for the survivors, both nationally and internationally.
The main element of this initiative in 2015 will be to conduct a study tour and symposium in Fukushima for global representatives from governmental, private and civil sectors in March 2015 to coincide with the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). Approximately 8000 governmental, private and civil sector representatives from around the world will attend this conference, as well as a broad range of national and international media. This setting serves as a prime opportunity to raise awareness of the ongoing disaster and affected communities in Fukushima, to advocate for enhanced DRR measures for communities living in nuclear risk areas, and to ensure that lessons learnt from the disaster are delivered to a global audience to impact future policy at all levels.
The initiative will also continue after the Sendai conference, bringing citizens of Fukushima and related policy makers to participate in relevant domestic, regional and global platforms to share their experiences and lessons; and cooperate with relevant experts on these issues.
The Fukushima Global Awareness Initiative plays a crucial role in connecting Fukushima citizens, international and domestic experts, and participants in policy making platforms such as participants at the3 rd WCDRR. By providing opportunities for these three groups to meet, individuals from many backgrounds harboring different perspectives can exchange information, experiences and opinions on disaster risk reduction and nuclear power issues, contributing to the collective DRR knowledge-base which can ultimately lead to action.
The below targets are specifically related to the March 2015 activities of the initiative, at the timing of the WCDRR. Similar indicators will be applicable to other elements of the campaign, which will continue beyond this timing.
1. Fukushima Citizens: There will be approximately 200-300 local beneficiaries of the project, signifying the Fukushima residents who directly participate in the activities. These direct Fukushima beneficiaries will be nominated by local community organizations as being individuals able to communicate effectively, and also as being people well-placed to disseminate information or support upon return to their communities, and work longer-term on the follow-up of contacts, etc.
2. International Participants: International participants can be divided into two categories; participants from abroad attending the WCDRR and international specialists specifically invited to take part in the Fukushima Global Awareness Initiative. These international participants are given the opportunity to meet, interact and network with Fukushima citizens, as well as conduct site visits of disaster-stricken areas, allowing the voices of survivors and people affected by the nuclear disaster to directly reach policy-makers and prominent figures in a diverse range of fields. Through these encounters and experiences, international participants can gain a deeper understanding of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and nuclear disaster risks as a whole, which they can take back to their home countries and utilize in their respective professions.
3. Domestic Participants (outside of Fukushima): Participants from government, private and civil sectors from around Japan will be attending the events/activities and will be engaged in all processes of the multi-stakeholder input process (E.g., the “Fukushima Declaration”). At a time when Japanese media attention on Fukushima continues to decline, these domestic participants will interact with and hear first-hand accounts from Fukushima residents, providing learning experiences as well as chances to make new acquaintances and expand networks. The “Mayors for a Nuclear Power Free Japan” network, for example, consists of 94 mayors from 39 prefectures, who would be able to take back information and lessons learnt from the initiative to their respective areas.
1. Those who attend, or receive information through, the Fukushima Global Awareness Initiative events and/or media outreach. This will number in the hundreds for direct attendance in events, with the potentials for tens of thousands of people to be touched by media outreach.
2. Those who are impacted in the home countries of international participants (as defined above). Impacts would result in the following scenarios:
2.a. International participants disseminating information and lessons learnt from their experiences in Fukushima to peers in their home country (raising awareness).
2.b. International participants incorporating and utilizing their knowledge/experiences from Fukushima to influence local, national and/or international policy (policy implementation affecting home country nationals).
2.c. International participants leveraging and utilizing networks gained from the Fukushima Global Awareness Initiative to connect individuals/organisations in their home country, ideally leading to new partnerships and joint actions (connecting relevant parties).
3. Fukushima residents in general, who will benefit from the concrete support and research generated through the initiative, and through the solidarity of the friendship and support networks which will result. This benefit will also extend to others who have suffered disproportionately from the nuclear accident, such as residents of “hot-spots”, evacuees from the Fukushima region, or people living elsewhere who are suffering anxiety over the radiation issue.
-Number of Fukushima citizens taking part in activities
-Number of Domestic participants (from outside of Fukushima)
-Number of International participants
-Number of Domestic/International specialists taking part in activities
-Number of local, national, international organizations taking part in the organization/coordination of activities
-Number of “likes”, “followers”, etc. on social media
-Number of views on the Fukushima Global Awareness Initiative website
-Media appearances (including television, print and radio) related to the initiative
-Number of new networks/projects established following the initiative
-Number of people/organizations involved in creating the resulting “Fukushima Declaration” document (relevant to WCDRR parallel meeting, but also to other following activities)
-Number of people/organizations/entities to whom the “Fukushima Declaration” document is circulated (relevant to WCDRR parallel meeting, but also to other following activities)
-Reports written and submitted verifying activities
-Media coverage of activities
-Feeding in of recommendations from conference into policy, through participating experts, networks, local government officials and more
Project period for the above symposium and related activities is from January-May 2015; subsequent activities as part of the Fukushima Global Awareness Raising initiative will follow also
Mr Akira KAWASAKI
Executive Committee Member, Peace Boat