This project has been a struggle, given the economic crisis in Cyprus, and the lack of informed awareness about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster.
We may not reach our target of 3,400 euros and I am very saddened by this but the struggle, la luta continua, continues. Fukushima will take over 40 years to clean up at an estimated cost of $50 billion – this excludes the cost of decommissioning Daiichi Nuclear Reactors 1,2 & 3 which will be another $100 billion. And of course there is the radiation, and the tragic effects it will have on life, nature and the environment. Rankin Taxi, a Japanese Reggae artist sums it up perfectly in the clip below with the phrase ‘Radiation – you can’t see it, and you can’t smell it either’.
I feel humbled by the support people have given from Cyprus and around the world this efforts to play at a special charity concert for people in Fukushima on 29th November hosted by our friend Leo Kojima from Direct Impact Music.
Two of the initiatives we are supporting in Japan through this work are “I & I Koriyama Youth Corps” a voluntary group assisting in reconstruction post-Daiichi. One of their initiatives is to deliver clean drinking water to childcare facilities. More info on I & I here
We are also supporting L.I.F.E Movement – Live Up Japan please check the clip ‘RISE AGAIN’ video made with survivors of the Daiichi nuclear disaster
As I said this has not been an easy road to travel and I know that people are pressured in Cyprus, that we are all finding it very hard to make ends meet and trying to raise funds for such a campaign in these circumstances has at times been a big challenge. So I gain strength in knowing people care, here and there, from the deepest Mediterranean to the land of the rising Sun…so much respect to the DJ’s and artists taking part in ‘From Cyprus to Fukushima with Love’ bigup Med Dred, DJ Monday, Tatsafari, Mr. Pakman, Portiero, Johnny Deviant and bigup to Scarabeo, a place that supports culture in the heart of the city, for giving us the space to show some love…
All of this will happens on Thursday 21st November and entry is free. Just drop something in the collection box – every little cent counts! For more details click here
From Cyprus to Fukushima is a living campaign launched to help people affected by the Daiichi nuclear disaster. Donate and follow us, every step of the way from Cyprus to Japan and back by clicking here
Want more Reggae sounds from Japan? Free download ‘Outernational’ click on player below….