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Ryuichi Sakamoto Forms “team 6” and Launches stop-rokkasho.org
Published May 17, 2006

In response to the opening of the Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing plant and the associated dangers that go along with the plant’s operation, on May 16th, Ryuichi Sakamoto launched an international awareness campaign.

The Rokkasho-mura reprocessing plant in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture opened for testing on March 31st, 2006. Less than two weeks later, in the early morning hours of April 11, 40 liters of radioactive water containing plutonium and uranium were spilled inside the plant. Fortunately, the official response was that there was no contamination outside the plant, so we can all rest easy, right?

In response to the opening of the Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing plant and the associated dangers that go along with the plant’s operation, on May 16th, Ryuichi Sakamoto launched an international awareness campaign that is currently available exclusively as a featured podcast in all iTunes Music Stores around the world. Just hours after its release, the “Stop-Rokkasho” podcast is the #1 Politics podcast in Japan’s iTunes Music Store.

Sakamoto wrote and recorded a new track along with shing02 and Christian Fennesz under the group name Team 6 as a way to begin the Rokkasho awareness campaignThe first versions of the track - “Rokkasho-Main Theme,” “Rokkasho-Piano Version and “Rokkasho-Yakkle Remix” -  as well as Ryoichi Kurokawa's “Rokkasho-Main video are currently available exclusively via podcast from the iTunes Music Store. There is no charge to subscribe to the podcast.

The “Stop-Rokkasho” podcast will deliver music, video, photos, art, information and interviews to help spread the word about both the Rokkasho plant and the dangers of reprocessing in general. Future episodes will feature music and art donated by a growing list of artists joining the project. In addition to these materials, anyone in the world is invited to download either the vocal and/or instrumental track to create their own remix, sample, re-cycle or re-model of the track to post on their own website along with a banner for the project to further spread information about Rokkasho.

Less than two months ago Rokkasho, Japan’s environment was said to be relatively free of radioactive contamination. However, a recent Greenpeace-commissioned study has calculated that global radiation doses to humans from Rokkasho releases are likely to be similar in magnitude to the collective dose from the Chernobyl disaster. We need your help.

Please visit www.stop-rokkasho.org for additional information, free music and art, and the elements to create your own stop Rokkasho track.