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Fukushima lags in recovery from disaster

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How true! They can't speak about what has happened to them or more precisely what is happening to them. At the same time that the radiation was circling the world the Japanese government kick started a comprehensive program to silence those interested in the truth in Fukushima. The promotion of 'kizuna' and Fukushima food promotions,celebrity endorsement of Fukushima's safety etc. This all seemed to suggest that events of disaster and damage were to be placed in the past. Funds earmarked for victims and disaster reconstruction have been channeled to other parts of Japan. The vocal critics were the fortunate ones to find work or safety far from Daichi. Those left behind in Fukushima are just doing all they can to survive-the chance to reflect on their situation is most likely the last thing they want to, or can do.....

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Not only Fukushima. I saw a special on newszero last night, LOTS and LOTS of places still need to be cleaned up. 2 YEARS. 2 friggin years and the government didnt even manage to accomplish that. sigh

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But Suzuki said the situation in Fukushima is “very complicated” because of the influence of the nuclear accident.While some people have moved back to communities near the plant, many more now live in other parts of Japan. There are fears it could be decades before some areas are habitable again.

These fears are irrational and not based on science. The science of the radiological releases, as well as the health impacts, has shown that almost all places outside the town directly next to the plant are perfectly within legal limits, and those legal limits are based on science that minimizes the effect on the health of people. This situation is not complicated at all, since all recent tests on people who have returned to their homes has shown that there are no irregularities.

“When I visited communities hit by the nuclear accident, I found there was not enough consideration of people’s mental health needs,” Suzuki said. “The situation is very severe.

The main issue is indeed mental health, as the illness due to stress is far more prevalent and potent than any other issue. While few actually write newspaper articles on it, the academic articles released in the last two years have all made sure to state this fact.

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Yeh, but don't worry. Tokyo is going to win the 2020 Olympics as a testimony to the tremendous recovery, so this is all just a non-issue. Can't Fukushima folks understand that a little suffering on their part is for the better good of the fat-cats/Japan Inc. in Tokyo that will profit from the games?

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^sarcasm? my meter is not very responsive :)

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almost all places outside the town directly next to the plant are perfectly within legal limits

Would you be so kind as to further comment on that statement, please? Thank you.

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DoublespeakMar. 06, 2013 - 09:44PM JST

Would you be so kind as to further comment on that statement, please? Thank you.

I will give you one link that shows it:

http://map.safecast.org/map:full/141.00876949985587,37.3038679650829,15

If you look at just the newest data (only valid one, need to zoom in a pick at points that aren't averaged over the first two years or less), you will see that only a small area around the plant is still significantly above legal limits, and almost all is significantly below. Even the "highly contaminated" iidate is now entirely within legal limits. This is an unbiased fact.

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Herefornow

Yeh, but don't worry. Tokyo is going to win the 2020 Olympics as a testimony to the tremendous recovery, so this is all just a non-issue. Can't Fukushima folks understand that a little suffering on their part is for the better good of the fat-cats/Japan Inc. in Tokyo that will profit from the games?

As always, my man, you hit the nail squarely on the head. Absolutely correct.

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Even the "highly contaminated" iidate is now entirely within legal limits. This is an unbiased fact.

Iidate is indeed "highly contaminated."

This is confirmed by the Japanese government.

It's an "unbiased fact."

According to the Japanese governments own real time radiation readings, the reading there right now is 3.4 μSv/h at 1 meter above ground. At 5 cm above ground, it's around 20 μSv/h.

http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/map/ja/area2.html

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