Here’s a copy of the letter we submitted to the Government of Japan via the Consulate of Japan in New York City, today on March 11th.
We delivered our letter of demands Despite The Consulate of Japan Refuses to Receive it in Front of the Public.
March 11th, 2014 at 4:45PM, demonstrators filled the sidewalk commemorating the anniversary and protesting nuclear power outside the Japanese Consulate building on Park Avenue. We were getting ready to deliver the letter of demands to the consular office. However, despite the plan between us and the consulate we made in previous correspondence, the Consulate was now refusing to come outside the building to receive the letter in person. They insisted, instead, that we deliver the letter through a mail delivery room, a tiny entry room located on a side of the building. Why? We were told it was because of the “building security code,” they would not be able to send a Consulate staff outside to receive the letter. We held on the phone call and protested this, but to no avail. All they could do was repeat the same line: building security code. Many demonstrators have had similar experiences with the Consulate before. Reluctantly, two of the organizers, along with two journalist, headed to the mail delivery room. About 100 people including journalists awaited on the sidewalk while the letter delivery took place 50 feet away. Many showed up on this somber anniversary, to commemorate and protest together.
After we read the letter on the sidewalk, we proceeded to march through the busy midtown streets to Times Square. Thank you to everyone who participated and those who supported us!
See you Saturday 1PM at Union Square for a downtown march! (click here for info)