Gov't may lift most Fukushima evacuation orders by 2017

By Takaya Yamaguchi

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Yeah, lifting evac orders a whole lot cheaper than paying for entire towns full of houses and businesses.

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"The assistance is to be cut off a year after the government lifts an evacuation order."

THAT is the sole reason for this people, don't be fooled! These people were FORCED from their homes and now face the choice of going back home to a potentially dangerous area and rebuilding their lives (again), or else no longer be compensated for where they are living now. It's a new level of low for the government and the company. And asking the municipalities to cover more of the bill for reconstruction??? Seems this government likes to put the nation and debt more than a usual government does and then ask others to pay for it more than a usual government does, be it Olympic bids or compensation for government sponsored nuclear meltdowns.

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And the shareholders rejoice.

Tokyo Electric Power Co Incorporated TYO: 9501 - May 27 3:00 PM GMT+9 666.00 Price increase 21.00 (3.26%)

Disgusting, putting refugees in between harder rock and a harder place.

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TEPCO also provides compensation to those who lost their jobs and PARTIALLY covers the value of homes in the affected areas, depending on the length of their forced evacuation.

Are they implying that people who lost their jobs were fully compensated?

TEPCO should liable for every business that has been disrupted by high radiation levels. There are individuals who are arrested for minor "disruption of business" laws, yet the government allows TEPCO a free pass.

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Must be that special Japanese type of radiation that vanishes within five years....

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I.. do not like the sound of anything that i am reading here. Whether it be in content, context, or manner...

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This is really sick. Forcing, yes, forcing residents to go back to their homes in the disaster zone so that they do not have to continue to compensate. AND what happened to all the donations from all over the world??? Have we ever had an accounting?

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@Silly: Some of it went to the whaling industry, if that helps?

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The proposal says it assumes that the areas will be sufficiently decontaminated before the evacuation orders are lifted but offers no scientific rationale for the target date.

So, lift the order, doesn't matter it is safe or not?

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The proposal says it assumes that the areas will be sufficiently decontaminated before the evacuation orders are lifted but offers no scientific rationale for the target date.

That's not on... no scientific rationale? What are they just saying that the radiation will be gone by then... and that's it? Magical schoolgirls in NBC suits did the work, and pow! all of the radiation just went away?

What's that smell? Sheep? Cows? No, bullsh**!

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The picture is not very clear. Evacuee's on average have been receiving about ¥100,000 per month plus those living in temporary accommodation are there rent free and even some living in private accommodation are having their rent paid. Households have also received more than ¥10million in compensation payments. For emergency accommodation, which also applies to those living in Tohoku disaster too, is required to be demolished after a five year period.

If after five years the former areas of the nuclear evacuees is declared safe for return and also have received financial support for five years and compensation for their loss then those people will need to make a decision about their future, to return or move to a new place, even within the prefecture. For those who will never be able to return should receive compensation for their loss and also move on.

Many evacuees will never return to their former communities and even houses which survived the earthquake and tsunami have abandoned those homes to the elements which means mold, rats, mice, snakes, wild animals, dogs which have been abandoned and become wild. Many households will have to spend millions to repair and reform their properties. In many places the infrastructure, roads and bridges are destroyed.Communities need hospitals, schools, police and fire services and a whole list of others. Will people even want to work in these areas.

Certainly, the nuclear evacuees have been more fortunate than the other disaster victims in Miyagi and other areas. So many of them lost everything, their homes, cars, personal belongings etc but didn't receive compensations because most didn't have tsunami insurance.

The PM Abe central gov't has informed the local ones in the Tohoku region that from next year, 2016 it will pull back on spending for the reconstruction costs estimated to be ¥30 trillion and more which is about the double that it cost after the the 1995 Kobe earthquake which cost ¥15trillion but the Hyogo Prefecture was able to return several trillion of unused funds. The capital loss of the Kobe earthquake was about ¥10trillion. By March 2016 the gov't allocated ¥26.3 trillion to Tohoku.

The problem for Tohoku is the destruction of the communities leaving the local gov't's will little or no source of income. Many Tohoku people are starting to feel abandoned by the PM Abe gov't and doubtful of their futures. Tokyo estimates its costs 2016-2020 to be ¥5.8trillion less than the ¥8trillion expected locally.

The Reconstruction Agency said the local burden will be limited but will cause a backlash from those municipalities that think the central gov't should carry all the costs.

Scholar articles on Tohoku

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"The proposal says it assumes that the areas will be sufficiently decontaminated before the evacuation orders are lifted but offers no scientific rationale for the target date."

"Assumes", "No scientific rationale", what are they talking about. It seems that the government as well as TEPCO got some loose screws? Maybe they should hire some proof-readers before making their comments public!

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There will be no pulling wool over anyone's eyes with regard to radiation levels in affected areas, especially by the government. 

People have Geiger counters and can quite easily take readings and compare those readings against what they know to be safe levels.

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Certainly, the central gov't are seeking to reduce its spending both in Fukushima and the greater Tohoku region. The contaminated areas of Fukushima are divided into three regions.

(1) Radiation level per year is 20 millisieverts per year or less. These areas will be declared safe for people to return to live and this as already happened in some areas. The national radiation level prior to the nuclear disaster was 1 millisievert per year but increased to 20 millisieverts for Fukushima.

(2) Radiation levels between 20 to 50 millisieverts per year. People are allowed to visit but not stay overnight. Unless the radiation level can be reduced to 20 millisieverts or less per year no change.

(3) Area with radiation levels greater than 50 millisieverts per year. People not allowed to visit and this situation is unlikely to change.

A single CT hospital scan delivers around 10 millisieverts.

The infrastructure is damaged or destroyed. The business have gone bust or closed. There are stores or normal services. It will take a lot more than just saying its safe to return.

Nearly 70 percent of evacuees from areas around the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have family members complaining of physical or mental problems, a recent survey showed.

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WOW... just WOW.... only in Japan... denying the truth and admitting the reality... seems to be a very difficult task for this nation that sweeps and keeps every problem under the rug. You can try to block out the sun with your hands, but it's not going to change anything. The reality is that the Fukushima plants are still leaking radiation, and the experts are worried that the plants can undergo a hydrogen explosion if the leaks don't stop, and they want to move their people back.

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People have Geiger counters and can quite easily take readings and compare those readings against what they know to be safe levels.

As the Geiger Counters have been doing for the last 4 plus years. Whatever the reasons and factors that went into declaring a 20km mandatory evacuation zone costing hundreds of lives, ruining thousands more, and destroying many thousands of livelihoods, you can be sure that scientific evidence and scientific expertise were not among them. That's what the Geiger Counters have been telling you all along.

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After the Chernybol, they still prevent people from moving back to that area after almost 30 years. And the radiation leakage is stopped.

Yet Japan wants their people moved back and pretend nothing wrong. Yet that the leakage is still happening, unlike in Chernybol. You can be sure none of the Japanese government would dare to put their feet down at Fukushima and live there.

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What a bunch of scum bags they are! Many of these people do not want to return out fear and no real assurances it is safe to return, but if they don't go back they will get bugger all compensation! Sickening!

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its governing partner, the Komeito Party, will also press local governments in the disaster zone to shoulder more of the reconstruction spending now being borne by central government, according to the draft seen by Reuters.

Um, shouldn't TEPCO be responsible for this? What a great country! You can disregard safety regulations and safety upgrades, which cause the world's third largest nuclear disaster, but you don't face any legal charges and the local and federal governments pay for your mistake! That's just so awesomely unbelievable!

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The reactor that melted down at Chernobyl burnt out of control for 2 weeks sending a cloud of radiation over much of Europe.  I'm not sure how the amount of leaked radiation differs between both meltdowns but Chernobyl was real serious.

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Now read the same story without the "to speed up reconstruction" LDP-apparatchik propaganda spin:

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HOTMAIL. chernovyl released 5200 PBQ over land while fukushima is 900 PBQ and 80% was repeased in to the sea. We are talking of 30 times more radiation in Ukraine.

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zichi: ... The national radiation level prior to the nuclear disaster was 1 millisievert per year but increased to 20 millisieverts for Fukushima. ... A single CT hospital scan delivers around 10 millisieverts.

And then the machine is turned off, and the radiation stops.

But if you breathe a radioactive particle or eat one on your lettuce wrap or rock cod or whatever, if you're lucky it leaves you when you breathe out or when you've finished the digestion process. If you're unlucky it stays with you longer, maybe after death. Merrily casting rays the whole while, through the DNA and various assorted proteins in the cells and tissues surrounding it.

Ch. 22, Aspects of DNA Damage from Internal Radionuclides, By Christopher Busby, "New Research Directions in DNA Repair", book edited by Clark Chen, ISBN 978-953-51-1114-6, Published: May 22, 2013. ... (link to pdf of Ch. 22) ... This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License

Introduction ... For example, those whose body contains 100 Bq of Strontium-90 are assessed, for the purposes of radiation protection, as having received a cumulative absorbed dose of ... if the person weighed 50 kg, then the mean activity concentration would be 2 Bq/kg. The resulting absorbed dose would then be 2 x 2.8 x 10-8 .... In other words, the committed dose is 5.6 x 10-8 Sv (0.056 μSv). But can this be safely compared with a dose from a chest X-ray (40 μSv ) or from natural background radiation (2500 μSv) or from a high dose acute exposure to gamma rays from an atomic bomb linearly scaled to zero dose (the current way of modelling radiation effects)? This chapter explores this question. It is one which has become increasingly necessary as serious health effects, including cancer and leukemia, have been reported in those exposed to internal radioactivity in areas contaminated by radionuclides released from nuclear sites, weapons testing fallout and accidents like Chernobyl and Fukushima, at very low conventionally calculated “absorbed doses”. ...

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@Hotmail - Be careful you don't fall foul of the new Secrecy Law....

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Is it a secret to state that the nuclear releases at Fukushima have not been contained and are still ongoing?would there really be a penalty under the law for stating.....the truth????

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