Target: Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe
Goal: Do not restart a risky nuclear power plant
In 2011, Japan experienced two devastating natural disasters. A massive earthquake followed by a tsunami destroyed much of the country and caused a nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. Citizens were evacuated and the nation scrambled to get the ordeal sorted out. Despite the havoc caused by this nuclear disaster, Japan is making plans to restart one of its nuclear power plants, Sendai, in 2015. Nuclear power is not a renewable resource and often has disastrous consequences. Tell Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to restart this power plant, as it endangers the lives of Japanese citizens and the well being of our environment.
While many Japanese citizens supported nuclear power before the Fukushima disaster, the incident has caused a tremendous shift in public opinion. With many now opposed to the use of nuclear power, Japan began making plans to build solar panels and wind turbines. This encouraging news has since taken a backseat to Japan’s plans to reopen its Sendai nuclear power plant. While nuclear power produces an incredible amount of energy, the consequences are dire. A meltdown leaves the surrounding area inhabitable for decades and leaves traces of radiation in nearby life forms. Nuclear waste cannot be safely disposed of and it pollutes the planet
Despite these risks, 19 out of 26 assembly members in Satsumasendai voted in favor of restarting the Sendai power plant. It will more than likely start operating in 2015 despite the danger it poses. Japan is known for its earthquakes and tsunamis. Even if safety measures are taken, a natural disaster could still cause another nuclear meltdown. Demand that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prevent the reopening of the Sendai power plant.
Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
An assembly in Satsumasendai voted in favor of reopening the Sendai nuclear power plant. It has been almost three years since the Fukushima disaster and your people are still trying to recover from the incident. It worries me that there is still radiation leaking into the ocean that will not go away for several more decades. With these concerns in mind, I do not understand why Japan would want to reopen a nuclear power plant.
While your nation is extremely innovative, a nuclear meltdown is not something any nation is equipped to handle. I must stress the importance of using renewable energy sources that are safer for humans and do not damage the environment. Please do not reopen this nuclear power plant. Invest in renewable energy.
[Your Name Here]
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