Interfaith walk calls for action

An interfaith Peace Walk for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembrance occurred Sunday, July 28, in the Columbia River Gorge with the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order of Bainbridge Island joining in with local folks in Bingen, White Salmon and Hood River in a meditative walking along the main streets.

The theme was “Each Step a Prayer Towards a Nuclear-Free Future.”

The walk is winding through Northwest cities, towns and countryside, and visited Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the Naval submarine base in Bangor, Wash., and concludes on Aug. 10-11.

This year’s walkers included Chikako Nishiyama, a member of the village council in Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, epicenter of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. She spoke at the Atomic West program in Hood River describing the situation now in the towns around the reactor.

Nishiyama is seeking full disclosure from the Teppco Power Company and the Japanese government and asks us to remember Fukushima as we work to remedy Hanford, according to organizer Robbie Lapp of Parkdale.

“After talking with Chikako, I hold and offer two visions,” said Lapp: “May the prime minister of Japan join our president at Pearl Harbor at the commemoration of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. May our president be present with the prime minister of Japan, at the commemorations in the two cities in this world, on this earth, where atomic nuclear bomb were exploded in war, on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945.

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