2 Japanese nuclear researchers to meet with PAMC


Two Japanese researchers will soon visit Tinian and meet with the members of the Pacific Alliance of Municipal Councils and the mayors from Tinian and Rota in response to the council’s protest against the Japanese government’s plan to dump its Fukushima nuclear waste water drums into the Pacific Ocean.

The PAMC announced this development in a news release last Thursday, which identified the researchers as Seichiro Takamine, a researcher of nuclear testing on the Marshall Islands, and Hiroko Takeshima, a researcher studying nuclear history with emphasis on the Fukushima nuclear plant accident.

The PAMC launched the online petition (https://chng.it/JLT2btJQB6 ) about two months ago to protest Japan’s plan to dump its Fukushima nuclear waste water drums into the Pacific Ocean.

PAMC hopes that this meeting will lead to networking and collaborating with other environmental advocacy groups to increase awareness and support to prevent Japan and any country from using the oceans as dumping grounds for nuclear wastes.

“It has been a pretty rough start, with only less than 400 signatures since the launching of the petition, but we remain hopeful that this movement will gather momentum as we continue to reach out to the world for help to achieve our goal,” said PAMC vice president Juanita Masga Mendiola from the 18th Tinian Municipal Council.

PAMC president Jim Atalig stated that he would like to see the people of Marianas take the lead in this petition, and while the low number of signatures is a little disappointing, he remains hopeful that things will change and see this cause end at the United Nations for global address.

PAMC members include Ana Demapan Castro, Saipan and Northern Island chairman; Jonovan Lizama, 18th Rota Municipal Council chairperson; Joseph E. Santos, 18th Tinian Municipal Council chairperson; Council members Antonia Tudela, Daniel Aquino, William Taitano and Thomasa P. Mendiola. (Saipan Tribune/PR)

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