Asia Pacific Greens Statement on Japan Earthquake,
Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters
On the afternoon of March 11, 2011 a major earthquake occurred in
North-East Japan, destroying and severely damaging many cities
and towns on the Pacific Coast.
Currently more than several tens of thousands of people are dead
or unaccounted for.
This catastrophe caused a cut off-off of cooling water into several
reactors of nuclear power plants located in Fukushima. As a result
of reduced water, the nuclear reactors may face a melt-down. If this
occurs, it could be the worst case of nuclear accidents all over the
At present, the Japanese government and electric company
specialists are attempting to prevent radioactive leaks from the
reactors, but they are not disclosing information such as potential
size of accidents, possibility of radioactive exposure etc.
The Asia Pacific Greens Network calls upon the Japanese
1. To give correct, complete and timely information to the public
2. To give complete instructions for evacuation of all people at risk,
in the event of additional related disasters.
3. To provide neighboring countries with complete, accurate and
timely information about the potential impact of radioactivity
4. To seek aid from international nuclear specialists or
organisations and implement the most stringent solutions possible
to address this nuclear emergency.
5. To seek aid from active nuclear rescue groups abroad.
6. To seek international financial aid toward Tsunami-affected
people and infrastructure.
We of the APGN are also asking the international community to pay
attention to the catastrophe, to request the Japanese Government
to provide rapid and correct information regarding the process of
responding to this nuclear accident.
Finally, the APGN reiterates our call to all countries in the region to
suspend all operations, constructions and plans for nuclear plants in the
Asia Pacific region until a regional hearing can fully review and evaluate
all health and safety, social, environmental, economic and other aspects
of nuclear power under the precautionary principle.
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