Learning from each other with an exchange at the grass-roots level between Thai and Japanese people
The modernization of agriculture that has accompanied economic development has caused a decline in subsistence farming and increased debt issues for farmers. JVC has worked with Thai farmers and NGOs to create a market for organic produce based on resource-circulating.
Two nuclear power plant construction projects are being considered in Thai rural areas, but only limited information regarding the risks of nuclear power is available to the general public. The lessons of the Fukushima nuclear accident are needed in Thai civil society.
1. The seminars through which Thai civil society learned about the experience and lessons from the Fukushima nuclear accident
Two sets of nuclear power plant projects are being considered for construction by 2036, but the information available to the general public about the nuclear power plant is limited. We coordinated to dispatch citizens from Fukushima who have contributed to rehabilitation efforts in Japan to Thailand. They held seminars so that average Thai citizens could learn about their experience with the Fukushima nuclear accident.
We held seminars in three places in Thailand in February, 2016. Three citizens from Fukushima, who work on revival and rehabilitation efforts focusing on the radioactive pollution in Fukushima, were sent to this seminar. The seminars were held in Ubonratchathani Province and Trat Province which are the proposed sites for the construction of the nuclear power plants. About 111 people attended and listened to the experiences of people in regards to the Fukushima nuclear accident. Additionally, 135 people including energy policy researchers, government policy strategists, and citizens attended the seminar in metropolitan Bangkok which is the biggest energy consuming region.
At the seminars, a simple method was introduced to measure a radiation dose by using a hot-spot-finder,an apparatus which combines a radiation detector and a tablet. It can record the radiation level as function of time and location on a map.
This measurement tool allows us to measure the contamination levels of specific areas that are not currently considered by the local government. It helps children and their parents to know the safety of certain places. The experiences of Japanese citizens indicate that citizens should not solely depend on the local government, and it is important to measure the level of radiation by themselves.
2. TPP seminar in Thailand
The TPP reached a mutual agreement in principle on October 5, 2015. It is highly possible that Thailand will also consider participation in the TPP in the future. JVC sent Mr. Temmyo, JVC director and co-representative of “the movement of the people who oppose TPP” to Thailand, and he spoke in the seminar. Japanese experiences were introduced at the seminar on December 18, 2015, concerning the TPP at the grass-roots level, such as the counter movement against the government’s policy on the TPP, especially in the agricultural sector.
(source: “JVC Annual Report – 2015 report”)Share This: