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Gov't to lift evacuation order in town hosting Fukushima nuclear plant

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Japan will for the first time next month lift an evacuation order in one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located,

Of course they will. It's only natural. They have to make this area open to resettlement so they can cart contaminated soil to the other 46 prefectures. We all have a part to play, amirite? We should all stop complaining. It's not like more than a 1000 rural towns and mura aren't hemorrhaging population. Nor is there any evidence that the government lied to us repeatedly. You simply have to make every little burgh, no matter how glowing with radioactive goodness, open to residents again. Like, seriously, presto and it's like a nuclear disaster never even happened. Raise that Olympic torch and boogie on down.

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Anyone worried about ingesting radioactivity should just ‘smile’ and all will be right with the world....

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Heh, you first!

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Well, that is official government advice....,

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Very premature. Only a very small area has low radiation levels but people must pass through hot spots to reach it. No infrastructure. No nothing. Both Okuma and Futaba should remain off limits until the end of the nuclear disaster in about 100 yeas or so.

The readings today in Futaba and Okuma are in the range of 8-10 microsieverts per high. Too hot!

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Madness.... I believe they still can't even get robots into one of the reactors it's that radioactive.

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Appearance and dogdy figures, jinc standard protocol.

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If the animals haven't returned, that's probably a sign that the humans shouldn't either.

PM Abe should set the example and move there, and eat the local food.

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The animals never left. Feral pigs, cows, rates, snakes, cats, dogs, all remained in those areas. The radiation levels on the mountains remain high putting them off limits.

Very few even want to return.

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The risk for lung cancer is 1 to 2 percent while smoking increase the risk to 1 500 percent.

The yeardose is 120 mSv that can be compared to crowded populated areas in India with a background radiation level of 200 mSv. British experts do recognise the radiation level in Fukushima not needable for evacuation. People that were evacuated were affected by higher psycical stress than if they haven´t been evacuated. Tearing up with their rots for to start a completely new life in another area plus the scare for radiation from other surrounding people were not fare to them.

In Sweden deers were shoten before the Chernobyl accident with increased radiation values and the background radiation where higher in the sixties as effect of above ground atomic vapen research in the Nevada desert in US.

The radiation from Harrisburgh after the accident were comparable with a group of people of four to five persons.

As you probable know all human activity do mean radioactivity. You self have a radiation of 20 mRem or 7 000 Bequarel and the Harrisburg do have 80 mRem. A doctor handling with Tomographi do have a yearly dose of

5 000 mRem and a person smoking 20 cigarettes a day 35 000 mRmem. Everything according to hospital physiker in Eskilstuna.

We must have a realistic view of the dangerousness of radioactivity so we can compare it with the risks in other areas.

Windpower do killed 166 persons in just one single year while the civil nuclear plants have killed 50 persons in total and mainly that from the Chernobyl which were a military plant. All security were disconnected and when they tried to reconnect it it was not possible. Mostly of civil plants do reduce the effect while risk of overheating while the Chernobyl were the opposite.

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zichi:

The readings today in Futaba and Okuma are in the range of 8-10 microsieverts per high. Too hot!

The article may be little confusing, but it clearly says only "one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located." Futaba is NOT included in the area where the evacuation order was lifted. Even for Okuma, the area lifted is only a PART of the town (Nakayashiki and Ogawara regions), excluding most (96.4%) of the town population.

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Replay to Zichi. 8 to 10 mikroSievert pro day gives 3.65 mSv pro year while the limit value is 20 mSv. Prior a nuclear worker were admitted for 200 mSv and this is the actual background value in highly populated areas in India.

The radiation level onboard a flight is higher than indoor the nuclear plant in most cases. A geiger measuring device don´t registrate anything while xontinously on a flight

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Here's a live map: https://jciv.iidj.net/map/ . No one should be there

Without an independent judiciary the people can't force anything. The gov't doesn't have to worry about being sued, only how to look good

However people still have freedom of movement and should abandon the area no matter what

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socrateos

I said the location having the order lifted was small. I mentioned Futaba because it also includes part of the nuclear disaster plant and is also under discussion for having evacuation orders lifted.

Both districts should remain off limits. Those areas also house the million tons of decontamination soils which cost ¥15 billion to remove. The cost to date is ¥25 trillion and will rise to ¥50 trillion before too long. In the beginning it was said the maximum cost would be ¥5 trillion.

ICarl-Ake Utterstrom

The radiation levels I quoted for today were 8-10 microsieverts per hour which exceeds the legal government limit of 20 millisieverts per year for Fukushima while the rest of Japan is 1 millisievert per year. The majority of Japanese people no longer support the use of nuclear energy and it will end by default or by law. The power companies still have ¥15 trillion it their nuclear plants and are keen to exact that profit. No new plants will be constructed because the costs are now way too high. The cost of decommissioning a nuclear plant is also expensive so the power companies are resisting that too.

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Carl-Ake Utterstrom

The radiation level inside the No2 reactor is about 550 sieverts per hour.. The radiation level outside is 300 microsieverts per hour.

In 2017, a private think tank stated the total cost of the Fukushima disaster could reach ¥70 trillion ($626 billion).

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More than 3,700 people -- most of them from Fukushima -- have died from illness or suicide linked to the aftermath of the tragedy, according to government data.

No matter how they try to sugar coat it, these deaths are a direct result of the meltdowns and should be counted as such.

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zichi:

Both districts should remain off limits

They are off limits, including the entire Futaba town. The government agree with you. Why complain?

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socrateos

They are off limits, including the entire Futaba town. The government agree with you. Why complain?

It's the government intention to try and lift all evacuation orders before the Olympics and force the remaining 50,000 nuclear refugees to return to their former communities by stopping all support payments.

It's not only the radiation levels but the lack of an infrastructure. Damaged homes from the tsunami and earthquake or because their homes have not been lived in for 8 years. No schools, hospitals, transport systems to name a few.

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In March 2011, a massive tsunami caused by an earthquake slammed into Japan, killing more than 18,000 and setting off the worst nuclear accident (in a generation).

Ever. Worst nuclear accident ever.

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Now that they have lifted the restriction - there is no reason for people not to return... right ?

No Legal reason....

This would appear to be a case of the Government getting themselves off the hook.

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