Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is currently considering funding the controversial 2,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Batang, Central Java, Indonesia, which will cost US$4 billion.
Japanese companies, “J Power” Electric Power Development Co. and Itochu Corp, are involved in the plan which has become one of Japanese Prime Minister Abe's flagship projects.
The local community has protested on over 22 occasions in the local as well as in Jakarta, even amid the intimidation and violent action against them by local authorities. They are very concerned about the impact on their health
and livelihood, such as fertile agricultural land and coastal fishery areas.
Please watch the Video about Batang Farmers and Fisherfolks By Greenpeace Indonesia: http://youtu.be/WyEkfzBjEi4
Your organization can help by signing on to an open letter from civil society calling on JBIC to reject financing for the Batang coal-fired power plant and to join the growing international consensus to stop financing coal projects abroad. Please find the letter attached below.
JBIC is the largest international public finance institution still supporting the construction of new coal power plants.
Your organization can sign-on by sending your contact name and the name of your organization to email@example.com by January 30th. The letter will be sent on February 3rd.
We look forward to your organisation's signature!! Thank you.
Friend of the Earth Japan
Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)