NH #231: India’s Kumar Sundaram on India-Japan Nuclear Agreement + Fukushima Friends Hawaii

This Week’s Featured Interviews:

  • Kumar Sundaram is a true firebrand of an international activist in India’s fight against nuclear technology.  Kumar is a Research Consultant with the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP). Right now, he’s in the middle of a two-week trip to Japan, where he has been speaking to groups and rallys as large as 10,000 as he gatherers support against the planned India/Japan Nuclear Agreement. He joined us via Skype from Hiroshima on Sunday, November 22, during a break from the World Nuclear Victims Forum.
  • Vicki Nelson lives in Hawaii and in 2012, after a trip to Fukushima, started the nonprofit Fukushima Friends, Inc.  This program invites those living in the radiation to come to Hawaii to, as Vicki put it, “breathe fresh air, swim in the ocean and eat good food.”  Fukushima radiation refugees stay in people’s homes for up to 3 months, or longer if the visas can be managed. She joined us via Skype from the Big Island of Hawaii, along with one of her homestay guests, Tokiko Noguchi, visiting from Fukushima with her 10-year-old son. The interpreter pressed into service for this interview, Kea Uehara, is a volunteer from a local school, and he did a terrific job on short notice despite not being trained as an interpreter or being familiar with nuclear issues. This interview originally aired on Nuclear Hotseat #207 on June 9, 2015.