AP: Fukushima native elected to U.S. Senate

Published: November 8th, 2012 at 9:50 am ET


Title: Election 2012: Hirono Becomes First U.S. Senator Born in Japan
Source: AP
Author: Yoree Koh
Date: November 6, 2012

Senator Elect Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

U.S. Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono defeated former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle on Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press. Ms. Hirono becomes the Aloha State’s first woman senator as well as the first Japan-born immigrant to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

[…] She will be the first Japanese immigrant to be elected senator. She will also be the first Buddhist and Asian-American woman. She will be the first woman senator to represent the Aloha State, and is already the first foreign-born woman of Asian ancestry to be sworn into Congressional office.

The 65-year-old congresswoman was born in Fukushima, the northeastern prefecture where the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is located. When she was 8 years old, her mother moved the family to Hawaii. […]

Published: November 8th, 2012 at 9:50 am ET


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24 comments to AP: Fukushima native elected to U.S. Senate

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    I hope she brings a cyclone of anti-nuke passion with her!

  • kalidances

    Hopefully she is going to kick much nuke industry behind 🙂

  • tasteslikedaniel

    Since she got elected it means she already has made the decision to sell out her own people for power/money

    • kalidances

      Have you spoken with her directly to confirm this? Perhaps you should ask her before attempting to tear her down. Her website with contact info will be up shortly so you can post your letter to her and her response.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Watch some C-SPAN with the cameras rolling during committee meetings, etc. and see that many in government are working their butts off trying to find ways around all the compromising and corruption. If Americans would take the money out of politics, they could get elected officials that don't have to start fundraising as their first order of business.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      The solution is student exchanges?

      “Today Hawaii and our nation join with our friends in Japan in remembrance of all the victims of last year’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. While this disaster took so much, it did not take the resolve, the courage or the ‘gaman’ or strength of the Japanese people. We in Hawaii and across the U.S. will continue to help them rebuild: from our donations to the launch of the TOMODACHI Initiative that will use educational exchanges with students to deepen the friendship between our countries. It’s this investment in the future that will help heal the wounds of March 11, 2011.”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    She doesn't appear to be against nuclear energy:

    Mazie Hirono on Foreign Policy

    "Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power.
    Congressional Summary:US-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act:
    • Approves the US-India Agreement for Cooperation on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.
    • Declares that it is US policy to prevent the transfer to India of nuclear equipment, materials, or technology from other participating governments in the Nuclear Suppliers Group or from any other source; and
    • any nuclear power reactor fuel reserve provided to India for use in safeguarded civilian nuclear facilities should be commensurate with reasonable reactor operating requirements.
    Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. BARBARA LEE (D, CA-9): In withholding my approval, I seek not to penalize the people of India but, rather, to affirm the principle of nuclear nonproliferation. Jettisoning adherence to the international nuclear nonproliferation framework that has served the world so well for more than 30 years, as approval of the agreement before us would do, is just simply unwise. It is also reckless.
    Approval of this agreement undermines our efforts to dissuade countries like Iran and North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. By approving this agreement, all we are doing is creating incentives for other countries to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

  • I didn't know she was from Fukushima.
    She won based on being the Democrat candidate.
    Hawaii is massively Democratic.
    There is little industry or real business in Hawaii, people live on Government "work", out of 1,000,000 over 100,000 are in public housing. Just saying, reality is sometimes different than perceptions.

  • tasteslikedaniel

    Why, So I can get a stock letter from an intern saying they appreciate the communication?

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    I just hope she can feel the pain of her native people. Being in Hawaii she just might get to see all of the garbage float by from the tsunami. I am going to pray that she has a change of heart. Possibly someone she knows is affected or even worse at this point. I try not to give up on Democrats and Republicans but the headaches lately have been intense.

    Bless you Mrs. Hirono and may god, the divine wind or the deity of your choice guide your decisions. May you also have the strength to stand your ground even when you seem to be loosing your footing.

  • I would ask her…

    1. What does it feel like knowing the region of your heritage is now a no-go zone due to triple nuclear core meltdowns?

    2. What is your opinion of the continuous atmospheric fallout and ocean debris coming to your state?

    3. What will you do to keep this kind of suffering or the 'risk' of suffering from happening to others?

    Number 3 is actually a 'trick' question.
    There is only one correct answer for me,
    …and that's Stop Nukes Now!

  • arclight arclight

    wonder if she knows this nuclear PR singer? of all the places in the world to do a music shoot? dungeness in the winter? lol!
    with some nice pics from cornelia explaining the wide variety of contaminated plants and what they do to the insects that feed on them..

    Nicki Minaj goes from Hawaii beach to Dungeness nuclear power station – and Cornelia Hesse-Honegger
    Nicki Minaj’s last video saw her bikini-clad bod sprawled across a tropical island.

    Her latest sees her on a shingle beach. In Dungeness. In November.


  • arclight arclight

    i wonder if she has read this and seen the attached play.. and signed the petition for the families living in the contaminated zones??

    Fukushima high school students launch nuclear study group -THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
    November 09, 2012

    By AYAKO NAKADA/ Staff Writer


    Two high school girls from Fukushima Prefecture are to launch a peace discussion forum, inspired by the success of a similar long-running nuclear study group run by students elsewhere in Japan.

    Later this month, Sayako Ogata and Saki Nezu, both second-year high school students, plan to invite fellow students to a screening of “Hoshasen o Abita X-nen-go” (X years after radiation exposure), a documentary about fishermen exposed to radiation from a U.S. hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in 1954.
    “I can’t believe they are the high school students just like us,” Ogata recalled thinking when she met the group.

    “Victims of the H-bomb test and of the Fukushima nuclear plant accidentshare a common problem: internal exposure to radiation,” she said.

    The group’s members briefed Ogata and Nezu about their activities, and the pair came away thinking about starting a similar study group in Fukushima.

    The students’ first project–screening the H-bomb test movie–is now under way.