Fukushima disaster refugees suffering


This music video from Japan is the song Fuck Tepco, by punk rock band Scrap from Fukushima, the members of which lost everything in the nuclear disaster.

From the Asahi Shimbun in Japan:

Survey: Half of Fukushima evacuee households split up; distress rife in families

April 29, 2014

FUKUSHIMA–Nearly half of households that evacuated following the Fukushima nuclear disaster have been split up while close to 70 percent have family members suffering from physical and mental distress, a survey showed.

The number of households forced to live apart exceeds the number that remain together, according the survey, the first by the Fukushima prefectural government that attempted to survey all households that evacuated.

The results were announced on April 28.

Between late January and early February, Fukushima Prefecture mailed the surveys to 62,812 households living within and outside the prefecture.

Of the 20,680 respondents, 16,965 households, or 82 percent, originally lived in the evacuation zone near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, while 3,683 households, or 18 percent, lived outside the zone but voluntarily evacuated after the nuclear accident unfolded in March 2011.

It was unclear if the remaining 32 households were originally within the evacuation zone.

Some 44.7 percent of the households still lived with all family members at their new homes. The figure included single-person households.

But 48.9 percent of households said their family members now live at two or more locations, including 15.6 percent whose family members are scattered at three or more locations, according to the survey.

The results showed that many households in municipalities near the nuclear plant originally contained many family members, but they were forced to give up living together as their lives in evacuation continued.

Families are often divided over the degree of fear about radiation contamination. Locations of workplaces and schools also split families, while many members end up living in separate temporary housing.

The prolonged life in evacuation, now in its fourth year, is taking a toll. The survey revealed that 67.5 percent of all households had family members showing symptoms of physical or psychological distress.

More than 50 percent said the cause of their ailments was that they “can no longer enjoy things as they did before” or they “have trouble sleeping.”

“Being constantly frustrated” and “tending to feel gloomy and depressed” followed, at over 40 percent.

More than one-third of respondents, or 34.8 percent, said their “chronic illness has worsened” since they entered their lives as evacuees.“

EXPERTS warned today of serious concerns over a plan to build an underground frozen wall at Japan’s disaster-struck Fukushima nuclear plant: here.

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Berlin nazi march stopped


This music video from a British punk rock band says about itself:

Angelic Upstarts (UK) performing “Anti Nazi” (live at Punk & Disorderly Festival in Berlin, Astra Kulturhaus 11.04.2014).

The lyrics of this song are here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Berliners stop neo-Nazi march

Saturday 26 May 2014, 17:02 (Update: 26-04-14, 17:21)

In Berlin, thousands of people have prevented a march of neo-Nazis in the Kreuzberg district.

A district where many immigrant workers live.

They closed the quarter hermetically, and the approximately one hundred members of the right-wing extremist NPD party had to turn back.

At least 2000 mostly young protesters blocked the entrance to Kreuzberg with a sit-in. The organization, “Berlin nazi free“, also wants to stop a planned neo-Nazi march on May 1 this way.

See also here. And here.

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Canadian punk rockers D.O.A. tour Australia


This is a music video of the D.O.A. song Police Brutality.

By Chris Peterson in Australia:

Canadian punk veterans DOA hit Australia one last time

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Veteran Canadian punk band DOA have set sail for Australia for one final tour this month. Formed in 1978, Henry Rollins described the band as “live they were monumental, change your life, blow away time … They came to town and we were like WOW!”

DOA’s slogan has been “Talk minus Action equals Zero” and the band has been active on many issues, including anti-racism, anti-globalisation, freedom of speech, and the environment.

In 2003, founding member Joe “Shithead” Keithley released his autobiography, I, Shithead: A Life in Punk.

The tour starts on April 24, the day before ANZAC Day when Australia commemorates invading another nation. Much of DOA’s work is about ending war and militarism. Keithley told Green Left Weekly: “It’s always important for artists to stand up against violence. I would rather talk to somebody for an endless amount up time than start up some sort of violent action.”

DOA have been touring for more than 35 years and survived a number of pretty nasty US governments, such as Ronald Reagan and two Bushs. Keithley says the secret is “a lot of gaffer tape and beer!”

“But seriously,” he added, “it’s been a spirit of camaraderie and purpose and that purpose is trying to change the world into a better place. TALK minus ACTION equals ZERO.”

More recently, Keithley has run for office: “My mandate is to try and get people to have a lot more to say in our political system. That and education for all — education should be a right not a privilege.”

DOA has been very influential and often helped other bands to get a start, especially via their record company, Sudden Death Records.

Keithley offers this advice to musicians on swimming against the stream: “It’s real basic. Stick to your guns, play what you want to play, don’t worry about what is perceived as being popular. If you stay together long enough and you’re any good, people will eventually figure it out!”

Tour dates:
— Thursday April 24th
The Evelyn, Fitzroy
— Friday April 25th
The Basement, Belconnen (Canberra)
— Saturday April 26th
Hermann’s Bar, Sydney
— Sunday April 27th
Prince of Wales, Brisbane

Visit thedrunkpromoter.com for further information.

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