Nuclear refugees build new lives after giving up hope of returning


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Life moves on.

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More than 70,000 evacuees out of the original 168,000 people after seven years are still living in limbo in the so-called temporary accommodations who have received notice that their monthly rents will be doubled and then trebled.

The radiation levels in Futaba will remain high for decades and unlikely the town will ever be restored again. Some of district is next to the nuclear disaster site.

Decontamination work began at the end of 2017 with hope of restoring the town by 2022, 11 years after the triple disasters.

About 96 percent of Futaba town is designated as a difficult-to-return zone and an evacuation advisory is still in place for the entire town, which along with Okuma town hosts the Fukushima Daiichi complex.

Already in Fukushima more than 20 million bags (1 cu m) of top soil and debris removed creating giant mountains of black plastic bags with the promise of central government they'll all be removed to outside the prefecture, but no one wants any of it.

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Japan's Abe government applied 20 times higher radiation safe limit than other area to the suffered area,

declared "Safe",discontinue assistance,and have forced refugees to return to Fukushima.

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This farce continues, there is no way in these people's life time it will ever be "Safe" to return. After 7 years I would imagin that new lives are made. The people still living in the temporary housing waiting to go home need more assistance to move on, at TEPCOS, our expense, they are fellow citizens and deserve support. It's over, for that area. Decontamination of a third or two thirds of a city is just not going to work...never would. After 7 years this stupidity has to stop, pay them a substantial amount. wait 1,000 years before thinking about anyone returning. Call it LDP TEPCO Prefecture.

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Humans have the capacity to get over stress from disasters in about 2 years. 7 years seems excessive. Amazingly to me the Jews from concentration camps moved to America and were on their feet from the get go. I am surprised Japanese cannot move on, but I guess if you treat someone as a victim they will act like one.

I think it would also be interesting to see how Chernobyl residents are faring and the many, many Thais who suffered in the much more catastrophic tsunami there about 5 years before the 3/11/11 tsunami in Japan. In Thailand I understand 250,000 persons perished, which is 10 times more than the Japanese tsunami.

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The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed 230,000–280,000 people in 14 countries, not 250,000 from Thailand. Approximately 5,400 people were killed and 3,100 people were reported missing in Thailand.

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Folks as I predicted shortly after 3/11 we are now right in the middle of the man made disaster not only in Fukushima but many other towns up & down the coast.

The way things have been handled is a major tragedy, making people wait, starting a bunch of infrastructure re-builds where minimal(mostly elderly) people will return & 1000s still in temporary homes, what damned mess.

The amount of good $$ after bad is going to be off the charts, building ghost towns, common sense is desperately needed but precious little seen so far, the disaster continues......

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whose brother-in-law died last year due to "stress and sickness" related to the prolonged evacuation

How do we know that, just take his word for it?

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