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International on-line petition
22 giugno 2012


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  Kyoto - Ohara - Jizou

 Natural calamities happen. Afterwards, we mourn for the dead, pick up the pieces, repair the damage and go on. Then there are man-made calamities. In its history the city of Kyoto has been destroyed many times by warring factions. Ironic for a city whose first name was Heian-kyo – tranquillity and peace capital. During the Second World War it was spared the atom bomb because of its beauty.


Kyoto is known throughout the world as a marvellous centre of culture and historic monuments, and contains seventeen World Heritage Sites. Furthermore, it is living proof of how we can live side by side with nature without presuming to dominate it.


With the proposed restart of two reactors at Ooi, a town just above Kyoto, the threat of a man-made calamity is put back in place once more. Ironically, again, a nuclear one. It was spared by the then enemy, now it is under threat thanks to Japan's nuclear lobby, the prime minister and some local authorities.


After a natural calamity we pick up the pieces, but after a nuclear one, as we have seen, we can't even touch some of the pieces – for years and years.


Obviously, we hope with all our heart that nothing will happen if the plan to restart the reactors goes ahead. We can only hope: there are no guarantees. But wouldn't it be preferable for all of us if we could safeguard Kyoto, protect its treasures from any threat of danger?


This is the reason for our appeal to the Governor of Kyoto, who we ask to do all in his power to stop the restart of the reactors in Ooi. For the benefit of his city and all of us that would like it to be the tranquillity capital. Please safeguard Kyoto!

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