by the Representative of the Plaintiffs
at the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plants Lawsuit Seeking for Injunction
Secretary General of the Stop Hamaoka Trial Society
My name is
Toshiko Baba, and I live in Shizuoka City. I am very pleased
to be at this Court as a mother who has 18 and 13 year-old
If you take
a look at the last pages of the Claim you have been distributed,
you can see the reason I became one of the plaintiffs of this
trial. The document is titled, “Things I Wish in This Trial”.
Since I was
a child, I studied so that I can make myself doing useful
things for our society. I studied so that people can live
happily through what I would have learned. I believe that
all of you here share the same thought.
In my parents'
neration, there was a war. They spent their childhood being
hungry and they couldn’t study even though they wished. Because
of their experiences, they made a wish for their own children,
and their dream came true on us.
We have come
to live in an affluent society. We are fulfilled without getting
hungry, and can learn as much as we want. At any time of history,
people would wish for happiness on their next generation and
should our generation pass on to the next generation?
I asked this
question to myself when I was going to become a mother. I
came to think that what we should pass on to our children
is a society in which the environment and lives can coexist.
These concepts had been started in Europe already 20 years
ago. Their concepts are building of “the new society in harmony
with the environment” and making “the ideal form of environment
was no movement like this in Japan, which was going to move
into the Bubble Economy Era in those days. Then, the Chernobyl
nuclear accident occurred.
It was my first
time I became aware of the nuclear power plant issue. I saw
milk for our children was contaminated and a lot of damage
was disclosed. Until then, I used to believe that nuclear
power was energy of dream. I was told that way in my elementary
came to see the problems of nuclear power, as I became more
aware after the Chernobyl accident. Nuclear wastes that can
yet to be disposed are generated every day even if plants
are operated in safe manner. Electricity cannot be produced
without daily occupational exposure. Radioactive materials
are emitted into water and air. Warm wastewater destroys surrounding
ecosystem of the seas. A lot of mothers who have small children
realized that nuclear power should be abolished in their children's
16 years ago,
everybody still believed that we couldn’t generate sufficient
electricity without nuclear power plants. However, I thought
that Japan would eventually abandon nuclear energy when alternative
energy supplies has become stable in Europe and renewable
energy generation is spread sufficiently.
to avoid giving negative impact on the environment through
my own life, I have been practicing a way of life in which
I reconsidered the pattern of consumption. I have stopped
buying unnecessary things, tried not to abuse chemical materials,
and disseminated this kind of life to people around me for
Due to these
activities, I was licensed as an environmental counselor by
the Ministry of the Environment five years ago, and currently,
I have been giving lectures and workshops on life and environment
issues at elementary, junior high, high school, and local
It was sometime
between last summer and fall when a drastic change came. In
our group, there are housewives whose husbands are journalists,
prefectural assemblymen, and university researchers. From
these people, we came to hear that the Tokai Earthquake could
occur within this one or two years.
In regard to
Tokai Earthquake, the thing that concerns us most is a nuclear
power plant accident. Before realizing this, we used to think
what we needed for our life and did whatever we could to lead
a sound lifestyle by ourselves.
In other words,
we did not used to have much chance to talk about nuclear
power plants in our group. However, this time, we started
to distribute iodine tablets preparing for a postulated nuclear
disaster triggered by Tokai Earthquake. There are only 60
people in our group but we distributed iodine tablets for
350 people. After this initiative, we mothers came to talk
about various things.
any side effects of iodine tablets?"
"Do the power
plant employees who work in contaminate areas taking tablets
"Why are only
nuclear power plants excluded from the earthquake disaster
I cannot think
that a gigantic structure like Hamaoka nuclear power plants
keep its soundness as a whole.
Then, the radioactive
water leak from Hamaoka Unit 1 occurred in November 2001.
I said to myself, "Gosh, Hamaoka nuclear power plants are
already worn out even without any earthquake."
I gave my 17
and 12 year old sons the iodine tablets that I had been reluctant
to give, saying,
If there is
an earthquake which make buildings collapse, take this tablet
even if nobody instructs you. After that, let us make sure
that we can see each other within one day…” While I was saying
these words, I felt desperate and asked to myself, what am
I saying? Who the hell am I, telling such a cruel thing to
my own children?”
“Is it really
a adults’ responsibility to give iodine tablets? No, we should
be able to do something more than just giving tablets…”
My elder son,
who saw me being hurt, said like this. Don't worry, Mother.
I think there will never be a big earthquake. Because our
government is always lying.”
He said these
words to console my heart. My younger son stayed silent.
After the turning
of the new year (2002), when I heard about the proposal of
initiating a lawsuit on Hamaoka, I made a giant step forward
I always feel
all the children's eyes staring at us.
where people do anything for money”
do different things from what they think”
never initiate actions though they know what is right”
I want to show
that we grown-ups give ideas and make actions step by step
for the future to children no matter what sorts of problems
are existing now. I want to make children believe that the
society will be better so that people’s lives will be better
if we make efforts and talk about solutions for these problems.
I think children can never find meanings why they are learning
or they have to be grown-ups. I want children to believe in
When I was
going to join this lawsuit, a woman who has been active for
anti-nuclear power plants said to me, “We already know the
result in the court. You are wasting your time.
I do not think
this way. Justice should be meant to make people happy. Otherwise,
there would be no meaning in justice. If it is used only for
judging people or calculating for the damage, it means that
the people engaging in judicial fields are denying their judicial
philosophy and its potentiality.
In my mind,
I have inscribed the names of attorneys from Chubu Electric
and three judges here in this court, because I cherish you
being here and being a part of the trial for our future sharing
the same opportunity.
If you would
come to a verdict which anybody could write, there would be
no meaning of you being here. Therefore, we would like to
come up with some realistic ideas to which we can help. We
are here today to talk together and to give out ideas to each
the percentage of renewable energy is increased and people
can choose a way of life in harmony with the environment.
Now, we women
are talking like this. “If Chubu Electric get a financial losses
due to the shutdown of the nuclear power plants, can’t the
government, prefecture, municipalities and citizens cover
“If Chubu Electric
make plants that generate electricity out of renewable energy
not out of nuclear energy, can’t we citizens along with cooperation
buy them and make electricity together as our future property?”
For the future
of children, please listen to our wish. Winning or losing
is not important. Thank you very much.
At the open
July 19, 2002