【東京都知事選:原発争点回避=福島切り捨て】

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東京に原発はないし、東電の株も今は保有率は低いのだから、脱原発は都知事選の争点にはならない、と言われている。

もう忘れてしまったのだろうか。

福島第一原発で生産された電力は、その殆どが東京首都圏に送られて来たということを。僕たち都民が使って来た電気のために、福島浜どおり地方の人々に長年リスクを押しつけ、ついに起きた事故の甚大な災禍に巻き込み、今も15万人以上に宙ぶらりの避難生活を強いているということを。

僕たち都民は原発事故の責任の一端を担っているのだ。

「原発が争点にならない」と言うことは、過去は世話になったかもしれないけど、今は送電されていないのだから関係ない、と言うのと同じ。傲慢な忘却だ。

東京都民は今回の投票行為において、「原発を争点化しないこと」=「福島を切り捨てること」だと自覚しなければいけない、と思う。

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[Tokyo Gubernatorial Election (Feb. 9): Evading the issue of nuclear plants = dumping Fukushima]

People are saying that since Tokyo has no nuclear plants, and since the city holds few Tokyo Electric Power Company shares, the concept of eliminating nuclear power is not an issue in the upcoming governor election.

Have we already forgotten…

… that most of the electricity produced at the Fukushima Daiichi plant was sent to Tokyo? In order for us in the city to have this electricity, we imposed years of risk on people living in the coastal regions of Fukushima. And when shit finally hit the fan, they were the ones left to deal with the aftermath of the calamity. There are still 150,000 displaced people living in limbo.

We living in Tokyo are in part responsible for the nuclear accident.

Saying that “nuclear power won’t become a campaign issue” is like saying that we might have been indebted to them in the past, but now that they’re not sending us any electricity, it doesn’t concern us anymore. This convenient forgetfulness is arrogant.

Voters in Tokyo need to be conscious that NOT making nuclear power an issue in the upcoming election is exactly the same as dumping Fukushima.

– Atsushi Funahashi

(translated by Ivy Oldford)

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