Not Kawaii: Messages from Japanese Anti-Nuclear Group Todos Somos Japon

No nukes bloc on Mayday 2013.


The story was this: Two monkeys from the area worst affected not only survived, but floated to California on some hurricane debris.

The radioactive rascals then made it into custody of antinuclear activists, who would take them on a tour of the country. One of their appearances would be in Union Square in December, 2011. The incredible story spread through the New York City activist scene, and over a dozen people showed up for the appearance.

Like a carnivalesque bait-and-switch, they found a Japanese woman, dressed in a monkey suit, handing out flyers about the lasting effects of the Fukushima meltdown.

People still lived and worked in some of the areas worst hit on 3/11, the literature said; cancer rates in children are spiking, and the Japanese government is covering all this up in an effort to get the economy back on track.

The action, the work of TSJ, Todos Somos Japon (We Are All Japan), a loose-knit group of mostly Japanese activists, parodied the comments of Tokyo’s right-wing mayor Shintaro Ishihara, who argued that being antinuclear was such a devolved opinion, it may as well come from a monkey.


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