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Families split over return to Fukushima town

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By Mari Saito

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Going "home" in a situation like that, tough call for anyone.

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“We explain to them, ‘There are bad germs outside and if you stay out too long, the germs will get inside your body,’” one teacher said. “Most of them understand.”

This says it all! I am voiceless!

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Only some of the old will return, the others will not nor will even visit with their young children. If compensated the familes could move to another part of Tamura.

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Useless. All that faux decontamination busy work...no one should be living there. What good is moving back with no jobs and no community?

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My heart goes out to these people. What a terrible situation.

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It has to be better than living in a cardboard box at a junior high school. I can understand these people wanting to go home, but I am disgusted that the J-Gov has not made TEPCO give these people an alternative.

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What kind of radiation disappears after just three years?

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If children are told it's not safe to play outside, then I have to say it's simply not safe to live there!

If my home was there I would have left it a long time ago and not looked back.

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Relieves the Abe government from its responsibility? After almost 4 years nothing done? Too busy making Japan's neighbours angry and giving away money to other countries? Money that the country cannot afford? What kind of government is this?

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They are as split as the atoms in the tepco reactor, I'll bet they will have a heated discussions and will be radiant when they get back to their houses.

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It's difficult for them especially the older one. For three years they're still living in one room temporary trailer housing. No jobs there just passing each day. I know people in this situation! The young can try to move to the city and find work but it's hard for the old people. Plus in small communities everyone is like family. It's truly a hard call. I've visited these temporary housing areas a few times and it's tough to see!

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Fukushima Daiichi is still an ongoing disaster. The reactors are controlled now but that can change. The decommissioning is going to take 40 years. That is a long time for nothing bad to happen.

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For one thing families should have option to relocate someone in Japan where people are needed.. some small farming communities need people.. also there should be a few who win lottery to come live in Hawaii.. we need good Japanese farmers and people who can live in a commune style living structure... which brings me to controversy I am sure.. Gov't should create community of the future.. completely domed in communal living .. towns covered in a glass enclosure.. with solar power, hydroponic food and clean water.. free of contamination and a prototype for what might be cities of the future as humans continue to kill off nature.. there is going to be a food shortage with global warming but people ignore it and keep shopping like it is 1999.. Fukushima is a disaster as was Hiroshima but public shame kept anything from being done to really help survivors... we are not testing our fish daily in Hawaii for radiation that has circled the Pacific and also radiated the Maguro

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It has to be better than living in a cardboard box at a junior high school

Which they haven't done for a very long time. The last evacuation centre in Fukushima closed in February 2012. And whilst there was one which continued in Saitama till 2013 that was more through personal choice

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Check out the place on a map. It is way too close to the plant to return to.

For one thing families should have option to relocate someone in Japan where people are needed.. some small farming communities need people..

You'd think so, wouldn't you? But I think one of the big issues, especially in rural Japan, is that people don't want to uproot from their ancestral homes where their families may have lived for centuries, and go to other communities where they will feel like outsiders.

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The Keshe Foundation has proposed some feasible cleanup solutions that even ordinary farmers can adopt. The foundation has already sent copies of their solutions to the Japanese authorities; I hope the latter considering applying them as they are practical solutions to a very serious problem. The video below explaining the methods is about 45 min. long but worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XgvA71mac0

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Perhaps this article should be entitled "nuclear families get split".

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very touching and sensetive topic for those who suffer, god blase them and give them the strenghth to overcome the problems they are facing.

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ka-chan Nothing is controlled in fukushima . Hundreds of tons of highly toxic water is leaking continuously into the environment from those plants. The radioactivity measurements are deliberately being falsified to play down the seriousness of the catatstrophy . People are misinformed by the main stream media . Fukushima keeps poisoning everything around it , and will keep doing so for many years to come . Dont believe what you hear on the main stream media . Get informed . Peace.

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