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Photographer warns of nuclear threat

Lecture is part of Church campaign for promotion of alternative sources of power

Photographer warns of nuclear threat
A picture of a victim of nuclear tests in Kazakhastan (photo: Takashi Morizumi) staff, Seoul

June 14, 2011

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A renowned Japanese documentary photographer illustrated the danger of nuclear power during a lecture organized by the Catholic Church in Seoul yesterday. Takashi Morizumi, who has taken many pictures at nuclear test sites and victims of radiation exposure, gave the lecture at Myeongdong Cathedral. He was invited by the bishops' Committee for the Environment which is campaigning against nuclear power especially, since the Fukushima power plant disaster in Japan in March. The lecture aimed to “share the danger of radioactivity from a nuclear plant and discuss the possibility of alternative energy sources,” Bishop Matthias Ri Iong-hoon, president of the committee said. “Half of eastern Fukushima prefecture in Japan was contaminated by radioactivity after the Fukushima accident. It is causing serious sea pollution and there is a possibility of another explosion,” Morizumi told the gathering. “Koreans and Japanese both have painful memories of nuclear catastrophe,” he said. Many Korean residents in Japan were killed by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II,” he noted. Since then, “second and third generations have suffered from the after-effects of the bombings. They are witnesses to the reason why nuclear weapons should disappear,” he added. Related report ‘Committee restates anti-nuclear stance’

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