Bishops join Japan-Korea anti-nuclear pilgrimage

Annual event reconfirms borderless solidarity for peace without nuclear energy
Bishops join Japan-Korea anti-nuclear pilgrimage

Participants in the Japan-Korea Anti-Nuclear Peace Pilgrimage shout "No nuclear energy" at a rally at the Catholic Center in Myeongdong, Seoul, on Sept. 16. (Photo supplied) reporter, Seoul
South Korea
September 20, 2018
Bishops and activists from Japan and South Korea took part in a pilgrimage calling for an end to nuclear energy.

The Japan-Korea Anti-Nuclear Peace Pilgrimage, which has been held annually from 2012, was held in Korea from Sept. 13-16 and organized by the Korean bishops' committee for ecology and environment.

With the title "Peaceful World without Nuke! We May Protect Life and Beauty!", the pilgrimage was joined by 19 Japanese participants including Bishop Goro Matsuura of Nagoya and 63 Koreans including Bishop Peter Kang U-il of Cheju, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea.

Participants spoke to members of the anti-nuclear movement and pledged to work harder for borderless solidarity for the no-nuke movement.

They visited Hanbit Nuclear Power Plant in Yeonggwang and toured Deungyong, an energy self-help village that uses alternative energy sources.

Jesuit Father Ichiro Mitsunobu said many residents are still suffering the effects of the Fukushima nuclear plant accident in Japan in 2011.

"However, the Japanese government is trying to make people think the crisis is over. With the mischief making, residents are divided and solidarity among people is collapsing," he said.

"The solidarity among Korean anti-nuclear activists is inspiring us."

Pilgrims held a discussion at the Catholic Center in Myeongdong, Seoul, and walked through Seoul with placards warning of the danger of nuclear power plants and demanding a society without nuclear energy.

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