EFN - NEWS
Newsletter of EFN
Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy
21st October 2004
Japan and invitation to the Annual Meeting of EFN and EFN-USA on Saturday, December 4th, 2004 at 5:00 PM
Dear friends of clean nuclear energy,
First of all, a few words about our recent lectures in Japan. The president of EFN was in Japan between October 24th and November 1st, 2004, to give a press conference in Tokyo and several lectures in different cities around the country.
Everything went well, thanks to the perfect local organization. The press conference in Tokyo as well as the three lectures which followed were a great success. About 20 journalists came to the press conference on October 25th (although at the same moment many of them were under pressure to cover the earthquakes in Western Japan).
The public lecture which was held in Marion Hall in Tokyo on the next day attracted almost 500 participants. The President of EFN was the main speaker of the "nuclear energy day". It was the 20th anniversary of this public event which is held each year since 1964 in Japan on October 26th, to celebrate the first operation of the first Japanese nuclear power plant that produced electricity for the first time in Japan on October 26th, 1963. It was a great honor for us to give a key-note speech of more than one hour on this occasion. This event was very successful, the large conference room was almost full, and was followed by several other lectures in Japanese provinces.
EFN gave an important symbolic lecture in Hiroshima. About 200 local citizens participated in this lecture which was given in the highly symbolic conference room located just next to the Peace Memorial Museum of Hiroshima.
Then EFN gave another lecture in Ao Mori City which also attracted about 200 participants. The conference room was full and the event was once again successfull thanks to the perfect organization of our local correspondents.
Ao Mori is located in the Northern part of Japan, close to Rokkasho Mura where is located the Japanese nuclear reprocessing plant (similar to the La Hague plant in France or Sellafield in the UK) which is about to start its commercial operations. The President of EFN officially met in Ao Mori (in presence of the media) the Vice Governor of the Province of Ao Mori, for a discussion about energy, the protection of the environment, and the reprocessing of nuclear waste. The Vice-Governor congratulated EFN for its action, and approved our activities (the Gouvernor was travelling overseas at that moment).
You can download the slides of these lectures in PPT format on EFN's web site, in English and in Japanese (6,9 Mb), as well as the special statement of EFN given in introduction to the presentation in Hiroshima (3 ko) at: http://www.ecolo.org/conferences/some_conferences/speech_japan_04/
Several press articles have been published (and several other articles are under print):
The Daily Tohoku of 31 October 2004 reported that "Nuclear energy is clean" and that "The story of Leukemia in La Hague was finally a big hoax" click here to see this article (original edition in Japanese, PDF format, 212 ko)
To-o Nippo of 31 October 2004 reported that "Only nuclear energy meet the vast requirements of energy and the greenhouse gas issue" click here to see this article (original edition in Japanese, PDF format, 164 ko).
The events and lectures organized in the same area of Ao Mori on the following days by Greenpeace with the intention of propagating in Japan the big hoax of leukemia clusters caused (according to GP) by artificial radioactivity around Sellafield and La Hague seem to have been a flop and did not meet the success that they expected.
EFN wishes a rapid start and a long life to the Rokkasho Mura reprocessing plant which is clean and highly ecological plant, based on the CONFINEMENT (not the rejection) of nuclear waste. This plant will reprocess the Japanese spent nuclear fuel. Such reprocessing is essential for the sustainable future of clean nuclear energy.
You are kindly invited to the next ANNUAL MEETING of the ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTALISTS FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY (EFN) and of ENVIRONMENTALISTS FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY, Inc. (EFN-USA), which will take place this year:
November 2004 at 5:00 PM
at 55 rue Victor Hugo, 78800 Houilles, France
Click here for maps and instructions on how to come
The Annual Meeting will take place in Houilles, which is located only 20 minutes from Paris by public transportation. It is possible to come from downtown Paris by train (St Lazare station) or rapid metro RER (line A).
All members and correspondents of EFN and EFN-USA are kindly invited to participate in this Annual Meeting. All dues-paying members with a valid membership can take part in the votes for the decisions concerning the future of EFN (and/or EFN-USA).
To become a member or to update
http://www.ecolo.org/subscri/subscrien.htm (for EFN)
http://www.ecolo.org/subscri/subscrius.htm (for EFN-USA)
Members of EFN having paid their dues (that is: sympathizing, active and donating members), if they cannot be present in person, have the possibility of sending a proxy to be represented, for votes and decisions, by another sympathizing, active or donating member of the association.
The meeting will last until 8:00 PM and will be followed by an informal buffet until 10:00 PM.
The discussions will cover the following topics:
- Review of the year's activities and
substantive report by the Presidents of EFN and EFN-USA
- Membership statistics and growth of the association: current number of members and supporters of EFN
- Election of the Board of Directors.
- The local correspondents of EFN.
- Financial report for the past year.
- EFN presentations at fairs: about a million visitors informed by our booths this year.
- The Communication Group (Gr COM) and lectures given by EFN.
- Visits to nuclear sites.
- EFN in Japan.
- EFN-USA: development of EFN in the United States and North America.
- Mailing lists of EFN.
- The web site.
- EFN in the Media.
- Documents on nuclear energy.
- Documents presenting EFN.
- Subcommittees of EFN.
- Orientations and priorities for the coming year.
This event is a great occasion to meet other members and correspondents of EFN, share your experience, ask questions, have a pleasant evening, discuss about EFN's activities, and prepare its orientations for the future.
The participation to the Annual Meeting, as well as the buffet are entirely GRATIS. The buffet will offer a variety of ecological fresh fruits, salads, and healthy foods. Participants are invited to bring an edible contribution to the buffet.
Click here to confirm your venue by e-mail if you intend to participate in this Annual Meeting
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Click here to send your proxy if you cannot attend the Annual Meeting, for dues-paying members (sympathizing, active and benefactor members).
If you are not a dues-paying member and if you want to participate in this Annual Meeting: you are cordially invited to join the meeting, but you will not be authorized to take part in the votes and decisions. To participate in the Meeting, you need to be at least a supporting member (that is, to agree with EFN's goals).
If you are not a dues-paying member of EFN or EFN-USA, and you will not participate in this Annual Meeting: there is no need to confirm that you are not coming.
To the attention of the Board
of Directors of EFN and of
The ANNUAL MEETING will be preceded at 4:00 PM, by a meeting of the Board of Directors of EFN and of EFN-USA, to discuss: 1/ current actions of EFN and EFN-USA, 2/ acceptance of new members since the last meeting of the Board of Directors, 3/ preparation of the ANNUAL MEETING which will follow immediately.
The association has continued to grow rapidly this year, and our action is developing in an increasing number of countries.
Many thanks to the volunteers who help us accomplish our task of informing the public about energy and the environment, in various countries.
The ANNUAL MEETING will be held partly in English (for members of EFN-USA) and partly in French (for French speaking members of members of EFN).
To take part in the votes, do not forget to subscribe or to update your membership:
(for EFN)(dues and donation to EFN gives a right to a tax credit in
France amounting to 60% of the amount donated)
http://www.ecolo.org/subscri/subscrius.htm (for EFN-USA)(dues and donations to EFN-USA are 501(c)(3) tax deductible in the United States)
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING CLEAN NUCLEAR ENERGY, HOPING TO SEE YOU SOON !
Bruno Comby. President of EFN Berol ROBINSON President of EFN-USA
Association of Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy
Environmentalists For Nuclear Energy, Inc.
President of EFN
President of EFN-USA
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