#Invitation to the Public Memorial for Dr. Jinzaburo
Takagi Anti-Nuclear Scientist and Activist
#A Call for the Establishment of the Jinzaburo
Takagi Fund for Citizen Science ("Takagi Fund")
#The Takagi Fund Concept and My Purpose
Invitation to the Public Memorial for Dr. Jinzaburo Takagi
Anti-Nuclear Scientist and Activist
Date: 10 December, 2000
Place: Hibiya Kokaido,
Dr. Takagi left us on 8 October 2000. His funeral was held
quietly with a small number of people very close to him
attending. We have planned a public memorial for all those
others wishing to bid farewell to Dr. Jinzaburo Takagi, an
individual of rare intelligence and strength of character.
The public memorial, "Remembering Jinzaburo
Takagi--Aiming for a Peaceful and Sustainable Future," will
be held on 10 December 2000. We envision the memorial to be
comprised of speeches, classical music, and many private
conversations--ranging from vivid memories of Dr. Takagi to
heated discussions on future plans for the realization of
peaceful and sustainable societies.
We will be glad to make any arrangements which would be
necessary for you to attend the memorial. For further
information, contact Gaia Hoerner at CNIC.
A Call for the Establishment of the
Jinzaburo Takagi Fund for Citizen Science ("Takagi
November 1, 2000
Anti-nuclear power movement leader Jinzaburo Takagi passed
away on October 8, 2000. An advocate of science for the
citizens, Takagi worked unrelentingly, even after falling ill,
to foster young researchers and build a citizens' movement in
accordance with his belief. While his passing has been an
incalculably huge loss to us, we cannot afford the time to just
continue grieving. It is incumbent upon us to carry on with and
further develop Takagi's noble aims and achievements. On this
matter Takagi left the accompanying document, The Takagi Fund
Concept and My Purpose, which might be considered his "last
will and testament." His main points are:
(1) His entire estate (about 20 million yen) is to be
the first fund.
(2) His funeral should be restricted to close relatives.
Instead of a large funeral ceremony, hold a
"memorial gathering" at which participants
would be asked to contribute to the Takagi Fund, and use
these contributions as the second fund.
(3) The Fund will have these aims.
1. Monetary support to encourage and foster individual
researchers who aspire toward science for the citizens.
2. Monetary support to encourage and foster nonprofit
organizations (NGOs) that aspire toward science for the
3. Helping the development of young Asian researchers.
(4) To select organizations and individuals for grant
awards, establish a Selection Committee composed of
members who understand the intent as described above.
We are in total agreement with Takagi's concept, and want to
establish the Takagi Fund. To that end, on December 10, 2000 we
will hold a "Jinzaburo Takagi Memorial Gathering -- For a
Peaceful and Sustainable Future" from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at
Hibiya Hall. You are cordially invited to participate in this
gathering, at which we hope to receive the greatest amount
possible in contributions for the second fund.
Because the Takagi Fund and the Citizens' Nuclear Information
Center are separate organizations, a director of one
organization shall not double as a director for the other. As
nonprofit organizations working to achieve science for the
citizens, the Takagi School and CNIC would be grant candidates.
Committee for the Establishment of the Takagi Fund
Hiroyuki Kawai, Representative
Establishment Committee members: Nobuyuki Sakai,
Fusako Shiba, Mycle Schneider, Kuniko Takagi
P.S. People who are unable to attend the Memorial Gathering
can make fund contributions through the following bank account.
Asahi Bank, Ichigaya Branch
Ordinary deposit account 1221981
Hiroyuki Kawai, Takagi Fund Representative
The Takagi Fund Concept and My Purpose
July 10, 2000
Pursuant also to the intent of my attorney Hiroyuki Kawai, I
decided to write this memorandum in order that the social
endeavor I have began with the establishing of Takagi School
will be more clearly defined and sustained so that, when social
activism is no longer possible for me, and after I am gone,
there will be some means of carrying through with my purpose.
Brief Background Information
Since the founding of the Citizens' Nuclear Information
Center (CNIC) in 1975, a major challenge has been not just to
individually build and fashion science for citizens, but at the
same time to develop CNIC into a venue at which to practice that
citizen science as a system. Although the work of meeting that
challenge was somewhat hastened by my illness, it was with great
delight for me that my first objective was more or less attained
when CNIC was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in
As the next stage of this endeavor, we must take another bold
step toward the second objective, and in fact the initial part
of that step was already taken in 1998 with the establishment of
the Takagi School. I will not go into the details of the Takagi
School here. Although it has made partial progress toward the
second objective, which is training the next generation of
people who will practice science for the citizens, I have been
thinking of establishing the "Takagi Fund" as a more
practical and functional means.
This is an immense project, and in due time I shall have to ask
others to take care of it, but it will be meaningless unless I
myself map out the basic plan while I am still living.
My True Intent
From what I have seen of many "memorial funds" and
the like that are created after their namesakes died, they are
usually set up by associates in remembrance of their namesakes,
and do not directly reflect their namesakes' purposes, so that,
even though they begin with a respectable amount of money, fund
management difficulties emerge within a decade. Because they are
strongly characterized as memorials to the distinguished
achievements of certain individuals, it is impossible for them
to last longer than that unless they enlist the support of a
sponsor such as a major newspaper.
My idea is different. While I have done nothing worthy of being
called "distinguished achievements while living," I
feel I have a capacity for action not found in the "eminent
and prestigious" with respect to efforts having a long-term
perspective sufficient to make a mark in society even after my
passing, especially with respect to the concrete, practical, and
realistic intent I have for the advancement of nonprofit
organizations. That, I believe, has made me what I am today, and
I feel that by persevering in that direction I can live out my
life while being true to myself. While it is asking much of
those who will carry on with this work after I am gone, I beg of
them to grant me this one last indulgence.