Friday, July 21, 2017

Stop Japanese Company From Dumping Nuclear Waste Into Ocean | #petition


Hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic waste from one of history’s worst nuclear disasters is about to be dumped into the ocean, if the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) gets its way. The company wants to dispose of around 777,000 tons of water contaminated with tritium off Japan’s coast, as part of broader efforts to clean up the site of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The decision has been met with outrage from the Japanese fishing industry, along with environmentalists who fear the contaminated water could cause a marine disaster.

Stop Japanese Company From Dumping Nuclear Waste Into Ocean – ForceChange


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Don't Waste America! - NIRS | #petition



Our Don’t Waste America campaign focuses on preventing decades of massive and dangerous high-level radioactive waste—irradiated fuel from nuclear power reactors—transport across the United States on our rails, roads, and waterways.


Such large-scale transport, which could affect 100 million Americans who live within a mile or two of proposed transport routes, would occur if efforts to revive the proposed scientifically-indefensible Yucca Mountain, Nevada waste dump are accomplished, or if a Centralized or Consolidated “Interim” Storage (CIS) site for high-level radioactive waste is created.

more: Don't Waste America! - NIRS

PETITION –

Say NO to the "Nuclear Waste America" Bill!

Contact your US Representatives NOW to Vote NO on a nuclear waste bill being rushed through Congress—one of the most dangerous we have seen. U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) bill--H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 threatens nearly every state with decades of nuclear waste shipments.  The bill passed the House Energy committee two weeks ago, and Congressional leaders are pushing for the House to approve it this month.
Rep. Shimkus' bill would launch thousands of shipments of the deadliest radioactive nuclear waste ever made via truck, train, and/or barge shipments through 45 states, including the hearts of many major cities and farmlands, all headed for Yucca Mountain, Nevada and supposedly “interim” parking lot dumps. These shipments would pass through 370 of the 435 congressional districts across the U.S.  
The bill aims to revive the cancelled, unsuitable Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump that is located on sacred Native American land and is incapable of isolating nuclear waste as it is located on high-risk earthquake fault lines and vital water systems.
The bill would legalize the opening of centralized interim storage sites for radioactive waste now proposed in Texas and New Mexico, ultimately creating de facto permanent parking lot dumps for nuclear waste.
This bill will not just put our nation’s nuclear waste policy on the wrong track--it will step on the gas and tear out the brakes. It ignores environmental concerns, Native American land rights and sovereignty, states’ rights to protect their residents and natural resources, and attempts to truncate public review in order to force failed, illusory solutions on the American people: Yucca Mountain and consolidated "interim" storage–both of which have proven to be unworkable. It does nothing to make storing and managing nuclear waste less dangerous, wherever it is.

Don't let Congress Waste America!


SIGN THE PETITION NOW

The campaign has four main components:  End YuccaStop Nuclear Waste TransportConsolidated Interim Storage, and Hardened On-Site Storage.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stop the Nuclear Tax Bailout -- End the “Nuclear Renaissance” | NIRS


Stop the Nuclear Tax Bailout -- End the “Nuclear Renaissance”

The nuclear industry is trying to ram through another multi-billion-dollar bailout to keep the fantasy/nightmare of nuclear power alive. This time, through Congress. Stopping this bill (HR 1551) could end the so-called “Nuclear Renaissance” once and for all.
Utilities in Georgia and South Carolina are building four new reactors that are all billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. The problems were predicted before the utilities broke ground, but the extent of their failure is truly remarkable. The reactors are less than half-way built and have already bankrupted Westinghouse, the largest builder of reactors in the world – proving that nuclear power is a failed technology with no future.
HR 1551 would try to ensure these reactors get built by guaranteeing them $5.2 billion in federal tax breaks that are scheduled to expire in 2020. Because of the massive construction delays in building the reactors, none of them are expected to be online before then.
Please contact your Senators today and tell them to vote "NO" on HR 1551.

SIGN NOW


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In the Grand Canyon, uranium mining threatens a tribe's survival | Environment | The Guardian



The Havasupai are attempting to fight back against the operation of a uranium mine that they say could contaminate their sole water source

…called Canyon Mine, it sits 45 miles east of Supai Village as the crow flies, and six miles south of Grand Canyon national park, on National Forest land.
In 2012 the Obama administration banned new uranium claims around the Grand Canyon watershed for 20 years.
A coalition of local leaders in northern Arizona and southern Utah recently requested the Trump administration lift the ban and expand mining access in the region, to the further horror of the Havasupai. Meanwhile, Canyon Mine can forge ahead because it was already established in the mid-80s, although mothballed before operations truly began, when the uranium market tanked.
The main shaft was drilled last year and the company is getting ready to supply the nuclear weapons and power industries…

READ: In the Grand Canyon, uranium mining threatens a tribe's survival | Environment | The Guardian


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

UN Passes Nuclear Weapons Ban + Dr. Gordon Edwards on Canada’s Nuclear Waste Insanity – Nuclear Hotseat #316



Dr. Gordon Edwards on Canada's #ChalkRiver proposed/planned #Nuclear waste megadump upriver from Ottawa, Quebec drinking water supply. Heidi Hutner of Stony Brook calls #NuclearHotseat from inside the #UN minutes after passage of the Nuclear Weapons Ban! Historic audio!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Don't Waste America! National Telebriefing on July 13 | NIRS



Don't Waste America!

Don't Waste America is a national campaign that focuses on preventing decades of massive and dangerous high-level radioactive waste transport across the United States that would occur if efforts to revive the scientifically-indefensible Yucca Mountain, Nevada waste dump are accomplished, or if a Centralized or Consolidated “Interim” Storage (CIS) site for high-level radioactive waste is created.
Join us for a live national briefing, to learn more about the campaign, its significance, and the major fights we are gearing up for:

Thursday, July 13th at 8 pm Eastern
(5pm Pacific, 6pm Mountain, 7pm Central)


Register below to receive the details for calling in.

Presenters include:


Ian Zabarte (Principal Man, Western Bands Shoshone Nation Newe Sogobia) will present End Yucca!
Yucca is short-hand for the failed proposal for a deep geologic repository in Nevada, on treaty lands of the Western Shoshone. Ian Zabarte has been a Western Shoshone leader for decades and will speak about the impacts of this program on his community, why the site is not going to isolate waste and the need to finally END the Yucca project.

Diane D’Arrigo (Director, Radioactive Waste Project of NIRS) will present Stop CIS!
STOP CIS (consolidated interim storage) is short hand for two sites, WCS in Texas and Holtec in New Mexico, where corporations want to turn storing highly radioactive waste at sites that will either require relocation in the future, or will default to unqualified failure as permanent storage. Diane D’Arrigo, NIRS leader on radioactive waste for 30 years, will talk about this most-recent-version of nuclear waste “shell game” and what is being done to STOP it.
Deb Katz (Citizen Awareness Network) will present Implement HOSS!
HOSS is short-hand for Hardened On-Site Storage and refers to the urgent priority to reduce the load of the most highly radioactive waste (“spent”) fuel rods in liquid storage, and improving the on-site dry storage to better protect communities while the waste is in interim storage on-site. Deb Katz, the founder of Citizen Awareness Network, and the original advocate for HOSS will talk about new efforts to find and IMPLEMENT a demonstration or pilot site for HOSS.
Mary Olson (Director, NIRS Southeast) will moderate and reflect on how waste transport intersects with the above.








Don't let Congress Waste America!


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Saturday, July 8, 2017

7/11 SF Speak Out Against Forced Return of Fukushima Families and Restart of More Nuclear Plants | No Nukes Action Committee


7/11 SF Speak Out Against Forced Return of Fukushima Families and Restart of More Nuclear Plants
Tuesday July 11, 2017 3:00 PM
San Francisco Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St./California St.
San Francisco


The Abe government continues to demand that the families who were evacuated from Fukushima return to the contaminated area. Despite the claims of the government that Fukushima has been “decontaminated” the opposite is the case and the radioactive material continues to leak into the Pacific ocean. Additionally the thousands of tanks filled with radioactive water are a serious threat to burst and leak when the next major earthquake hits the Fukushima area. The government is pushing ahead as well to re-open additional nuclear plants despite the continuing dangers.
The No Nuke Action Committee is also opposed to the increase repression in Japan through the “secrecy law”, the proposed “conspiracy law” and the revocation of Article 9 which would militarize Japan. The repression has also been used to arrest and harass anti-nuclear activists like Professor Shimoji in Osaka.
Please join the action and speak out to defend the families and oppose the continued restarting of Japan’s nuclear plants.
We all on to people to join us this coming  July  11, 2017 at 3:00 PM at 275 Battery St. near California at the Japanese Consulate. Make your voice heard.
Speak Out and Rally initiated by
No Nukes Action Committee
https://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/
− related articles −
US court: Sailors can sue in US over Japanese nuclear disaster…


7/11 SF Speak Out Against Forced Return of Fukushima Families and Restart of More Nuclear Plants | No Nukes Action Committee


Friday, July 7, 2017

BREAKING :: The United Nations prohibits nuclear weapons | ICAN



After a decade-long effort by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and 72 years after their invention, today states at the United Nations formally adopted a treaty which categorically prohibits nuclear weapons.



Until now, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction without a prohibition treaty, despite the widespread and catastrophic humanitarian consequences of their intentional or accidental detonation. Biological weapons were banned in 1972 and chemical weapons in 1992.


On adoption of the treaty, ICAN’s executive director, Beatrice Fihn, said: “We hope that today marks the beginning of the end of the nuclear age. It is beyond question that nuclear weapons violate the laws of war and pose a clear danger to global security…"
more: The United Nations prohibits nuclear weapons | ICAN


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Penn State study links Three Mile Island nuke accident to thyroid cancer



A new Penn State Medical Center study has found a link between the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident and thyroid cancer cases in south-central Pennsylvania.
The study marks the first time the partial meltdown of Unit 2's reactor can be connected to specific cancer cases, the researchers have said.
The findings may pose a dramatic challenge to the nuclear energy industry's position that the radiation released had no effect on human health.
The study was published Monday in the medical journal Laryngoscope, one day before Exelon Corp. (EXC) announced that Three Mile Island would close in 2019. It’s likely to come as another blow to a nuclear-power industry already struggling to stay profitable.
more: Penn State study links Three Mile Island nuke accident to thyroid cancer



Deconstructing the Concept of Security: What Do We Mean When We Talk About Security? | Pressenza


Alice Slater

Those of us laboring in the wasteland of nuclear arms control and countless thwarted attempts to abolish nuclear weapons have been witnessing one of the most striking shifts in the global paradigm of how the world thinks about nuclear weapons which has brought us to this present glorious moment. The world is now poised on the eve of actually completing negotiations for a treaty to ban the bomb! The shift, which has proceeded so rapidly, relative to other efforts to curb nuclear weapons, can largely be attributed to the transformation of the public conversation about nuclear weapons, from the same old, same old talk, about national “security” and its reliance on “nuclear deterrence”, to the widely promoted and publicized well-founded scientific evidence of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences which would result from the use of these lethal instruments of death and destruction…

more: Pressenza - Deconstructing the Concept of Security: What Do We Mean When We Talk About Security?
Alice Slater represents the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation at the UN and serves on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War.   


▶ High Level Nuclear Waste: Centralized 'Interim' Storage & Transport Dangers | NIRS & Beyond Nuclear



High Level Nuclear Waste: Centralized 'Interim' Storage & Transport Dangers - YouTube
Published on Feb 7, 2017 by firs
An overview of high level nuclear waste, the proposed "storage solutions," and the resulting dangers and environmental injustices.

Presented Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 8 pm to 9:30pm EST by Karen Hadden, SEED Coalition, TX; Arjun Makhijani, IEER; & Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear.


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SEE ALSO: Irradiated ‘Spent’ Nuclear Power Fuel: Characteristics and Storage - YouTube


#BustTheMyth ::  nukes are NOT green, clean, safe, or affordable!
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: 'I love James Hansen, but he is wrong on [the nuclear power issue]' | EnviroNews

WATCH

“…I love James Hansen, but he is wrong on this issue; he’s been wrong on nuke for a while,” Kennedy responded when asked. “He doesn’t understand the cost advantage that solar and wind now have over the incumbents, including nukes.”
According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, there are 449 nuclear power reactors currently operating in 30 countries, with 60 more under construction. In the U.S., 99 reactors produced 805.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electric power in 2016. The new Watts Bar 2 unit came online last year in Tennessee – a project of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a corporation owned by the federal government. The reactor 2 unit at that plant is already in shutdown due to equipment failures. 
Kennedy also questions the industry’s financial viability. “If you remove the subsidies from nuclear power there’s not a single utility in the world who would build a nuclear power plant,” he said. 
According to a 2011 report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, “Government subsidies to the nuclear power industry over the past fifty years have been so large in proportion to the value of the energy produced that in some cases it would have cost taxpayers less to simply buy kilowatts on the open market and give them away…” 


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Petition update – Hibakusha appeal at the United Nations for a strong treaty to ban nuclear weapons




JUN 29, 2017 — Historic negotiations for “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination” are now taking place at the United Nations in New York. Civil society representatives from around the world are gathered there to urge all nations to work in good faith to achieve the strongest, most effective treaty possible.

Amongst the civil society present in New York include many Hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As the only people who have ever experienced the devastation of nuclear war, the voices of the Hibakusha carry a heavier weight than most on the topic of global nuclear proliferation. They are mentioned directly in the preamble of the revised treaty draft released earlier this week, which states that participating countries are “mindful of the unacceptable suffering of and harm caused to the victims of the use of nuclear weapons (Hibakusha) as well as of those affected by the testing of nuclear weapons…”


more: Petition update – Hibakusha appeal at the United Nations for a strong treaty to ban nuclear weapons | Change.org


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#NuclearHotseat 314 ::: #Fukushima Radiation-Hit USS Reagan Sailors Win Right to Sue TEPCO in USA




Encore Presentation of Nuclear Hotseat #272: EXCLUSIVE! USS Reagan vs. TEPCO Hearing

Attorneys, Sailors + John Edwards

On September 1, 2016, Nuclear Hotseat Producer/Host Libbe HaLevy attended the US 9th District Court Hearing on USS Reagan Sailors v. Tokyo Electric Power Company.  The sailors were on an humanitarian aid mission to Japan following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, which caused the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdowns.  TEPCO never informed the US Navy of the dangerous release of radioactivity from the crippled nuclear reactors and as a result, the sailors were exposed to catastrophic levels of radiation.  At stake in this hearing: the right for the already ill sailors to have their case heard in U.S. court, not Japan.* 

(NOTE:  The ruling handed own just this week will allow the case to proceed in the United States court system.  This program lets you glimpse what it took to get here.)

Hear excepts from the testimony and exclusive interviews with:

  • Attorneys for the sailors Charles Bonner and Paul C. Carlson Garner
  • Sailors from the USS Reagan:  William Zeller, Chad Holt and Chris Shamrell.
  • Former US Senator and Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards, who reveals a bombshell: why he flew out to attend this hearing and has become so public in his support for the sailors.
MORE: Fukushima Radiation-Hit USS Reagan Sailors Win Right to Sue TEPCO in USA – #314



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stop the Nuclear Tax Bailout -- End the “Nuclear Renaissance” | NIRS


Stop the Nuclear Tax Bailout -- End the “Nuclear Renaissance”

The nuclear industry is trying to ram through another multi-billion-dollar bailout to keep the fantasy/nightmare of nuclear power alive. This time, through Congress. Stopping this bill (HR 1551) could end the so-called “Nuclear Renaissance” once and for all.
Utilities in Georgia and South Carolina are building four new reactors that are all billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule. The problems were predicted before the utilities broke ground, but the extent of their failure is truly remarkable. The reactors are less than half-way built and have already bankrupted Westinghouse, the largest builder of reactors in the world – proving that nuclear power is a failed technology with no future.
HR 1551 would try to ensure these reactors get built by guaranteeing them $5.2 billion in federal tax breaks that are scheduled to expire in 2020. Because of the massive construction delays in building the reactors, none of them are expected to be online before then.
Please contact your Senators today and tell them to vote "NO" on HR 1551.

SIGN NOW

MORE BACKGROUND
Some or all of the four new reactors being built in the U.S. could be cancelled soon, despite billions of dollars in state and federal subsidies. The two reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia have already received $8.3 billion in taxpayer-guaranteed loans, and ratepayers in both states are paying steep rate hikes to cover the financing costs of the projects.
But one of the subsidies – the Nuclear Production Tax Credit – could expire before costing taxpayers a dime. Utilities can only take the tax credit for electricity the reactors actually generate, and it appears none of them will be completed before the program expires by law in 2020. If that happens, it willg taxpayers over $5 billion.

Georgia Power, SCANA, and Westinghouse are begging Congress to rush through a bill (HR 1551) that would NOT ONLY eliminate the 2020 expiration date, but give $2.6 billion in federal tax credits to tax-exempt state utilities and cooperatives that are 50% co-owners of the new reactors. 

The bill would allow the non-profit utilities to transfer the credits to the for-profit utilities and Westinghouse. 

The House of Representatives passed HR 1551 through last week, and Senate Majority Leader McConnell is pushing for a Senate vote this week, before the American public can find out about it. And President Trump has already said he will sign the bill. 

The whole scheme amounts to a $5 billion bailout to four dirty, dangerous reactors – using a new and still-unproven design – that have already had major construction and manufacturing problems.
For more information:

SIGN NOW :: Stop the Nuclear Tax Bailout -- End the “Nuclear Renaissance” | NIRS

Consumer Watchdog, Environmental Organizations Demand Congress Reject Nuclear Bailout


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | JUNE 20,2017
Expert contact: Ben Schreiber, (202)-222-0752, bschreiber@foe.org Communications contact: Patrick Davis, (202) 222-0744, pdavis@foe.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. Thirteen environmental and consumer watchdog organizations representing millions of members today sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging members to oppose bill H.R. 1551, which aims to bail out the nuclear industry after troubled investments in new reactor projects in the southern U.S.


Last week, H.R. 1551, a bill to amend the IRS code and modify tax credits to nuclear power facilities, passed the House Ways and Means Committee by voice vote. House leadership placed this controversial, fast-tracked legislation on the suspension calendar for this week and the bill is expected to be brought to the floor today.

The legislation comes as Southern Company and SCANA push to get the government, via U.S. taxpayers, to foot even more of the bill for the utilities’ failed bet on nuclear reactors. The projects have been beset by extreme cost overruns and completion schedules have doubled. Westinghouse’s decision to construct four new nuclear reactors for utilities in Georgia and South Carolina has not only bankrupted the company, but also placed its parent company, Toshiba, in an extremely precarious financial position. If enacted, this bill would grant an additional $2.6 billion to the failing projects by making tax-exempt co-owners eligible for federal tax credits, and permitting them to transfer the credits to for-profit corporations.

“These four reactors, two at Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle and two at SCANA’s V.C. Summer, have been under construction since 2009 and were supposed to be operational by now, but are nowhere near complete,” said Ben Schreiber with Friends of the Earth. “Both projects have already benefitted from state and federal incentives, yet their customers have suffered from rising electric bills. There is no reason to burden these customers further or make U.S. taxpayers shoulder any more of the costs for these failed experiments. Congress should ensure the utilities’ shareholders take on some of the risk, not assure yet another multi-billion dollar taxpayer-financed nuclear bailout.”

The letter explains that:
The failures to bring any of the four reactors online within the fifteen-year period of the tax credit program demonstrates that the technology is an even greater failure than the first generation of reactors, and it will never be widely commercialized. It is simply not a justified or worthy investment of taxpayers’ money to grant the owners of these reactors the extraordinary relief of billions of dollars in subsidies for projects that hold no promise for the U.S. energy sector. It should not be forgotten that Southern Company’s expansion of Plant Vogtle has already received substantial taxpayer support through the $8.3 billion in federal nuclear loan guarantees and the public/private cost-sharing support during the permitting and licensing process.

“We urge Congress to give the American people a break and stop throwing billions of dollars in wasteful and ineffective subsidies at these boondoggle nuclear projects," said Tim Judson, executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. "The industry promised that $20 billion in loans and payouts from taxpayers would revive nuclear power and lead to a 'Nuclear Renaissance.' But all that money and more has only managed to get four reactors less than half- built in ten years, and bankrupted their manufacturer with billions of dollars in cost overruns. Not passing this bill will save taxpayers at least $5 billion dollars. It's time for Congress to give the American people a break.”
Find the letter here.

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Friends of the Earth fights to create a more healthy and just world. Our current campaigns focus on promoting clean energy and solutions to climate change, ensuring the food we eat and products we use are safe and sustainable, and protecting marine ecosystems and the people who live and work near them.
Founded in 1978, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) is the information, networking and outreach center for organizations and individuals concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation and sustainable energy issues. NIRS works to advance the transition to clean, efficient, renewable energy; advocates for responsible and environmentally just solutions to radioactive and toxic waste; and fights to protect the public from the effects of radioactive contamination. We provide policy expertise and informational resources on energy and radioactive waste, and monitor policy developments on the national and state levels.
Founded in 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy promotes responsible energy choices that work to address the impacts of Global Climate Change and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergy.org.



SEE ALSO: Stop the Nuclear Tax Bailout -- End the “Nuclear Renaissance” | NIRS


Saturday, June 24, 2017

"News from Fukushima" 8-9 JULY :: Z Space, SF



NEWS FROM FUKUSHIMA Meditation on an Under-Reported Catastrophe by a Poet 
Written by Yuri Kageyama | Directed by Carla Blank
Z Space 450 Florida St. San Francisco CA 94110 
SAT July 8, 2017 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 
SUN July 9, 2017 2 p.m. 
$10 admission (free with student ID)
Discussion with audience and cast after each show
Z Space site: 
http://www.zspace.org/notes-from-fukushima

“Yuri Kageyama, with her epic poem, has earned a place among the leading world poets. This work proves that the poet as a journalist can expose conditions that are ignored by the media.” _ Ishmael Reed


Fukushima is the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. It will take decades and billions of dollars to keep the multiple meltdowns under control. Spewed radiation has reached as far as the American West Coast. Some 100,000 people were displaced from the no-go zone. But, six years after 3.11, the story hardly makes headlines. 


Journalist Yuri Kageyama turns to poetry, dance, theater, music and film, to remind us that the human stories must not be forgotten. Carla Blank, who has directed plays in Xiangtan and Ramallah, as well as collaborated with Suzushi Hanayagi and Robert Wilson, brings together a multicultural cast of artists to create provocative theater. Performing as collaborators are actors/dancers Takemi Kitamura, Monisha Shiva, Shigeko Sara Suga and musicians Stomu Takeishi, Isaku Kageyama, Kouzan Kikuchi and Joe Small. Lighting design by Blu. Video of Fukushima by Yoshiaki Tago.  


NEWS FROM FUKUSHIMA is a literary prayer for Japan. It explores the friendship between women, juxtaposing the intimately personal with the catastrophic. The piece, which had a debut run at La MaMa in New York in 2015, continues to develop and premieres on the West Coast.  


For more information, interviews and other queries, please email yurikageyama@yahoo.com or click on Contact at 
http://yurikageyama.com/