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Tsunami-wrecked fishing ports find new life

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By ELAINE KURTENBACH and EMILY WANG

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Where are the radiation doomsayers comments when there is an indication of a positive aftermath from the Tsunami and Fukushima. Any reports that radiation damage has not destroyed life as we know it seem to be met with silence from the anti nuclear lobby.

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Not a glowing article of government support, "lengthy delays in administrative approvals" that sounds about normal,"“zero” financial help from the government, which until recently wouldn’t approve subsidies for new businesses." well, well, this sentence , a double edge sword , no financial help, and no subsidy approval for how long, 3 years. I would honestly think that the people are now totally disillusioned with the Japanese government and its bureaucracy. But I think a lot more questions need to asked, certainly about the governments role and the huge amount of money that was donated for the support of the people of the Tohoku region. Now 3 years on, some good honest investigative journalism and a media outlet not frightened to air the findings needs to be done, not only to highlight the plight of the people of the region but to show the people of the world the truth.

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Thanks to Qatar! Where did all the Japanese money donations go?

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But I thought the Olympics were supposed to help these people!

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Only thing that is killing the tohoku region is the goverment neglect.

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Such wide spread destruction beyond imagination which will really take many decades to fully recover but its hopeful to read about fighting back and helping to restore something of the former communities which suffered so much from the earthquake and tsunami. Vast areas are now just waste space with nothing more than the foundations of houses lost with the occasionally building which in some way managed to survive the mega forces of nature. Countries from the Middle East have invested in the area which is good on them.

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Only thing that is killing the tohoku region is the goverment neglect.

Sorry how is "the government" neglecting people?

You want to know what a major issue is that has contributed to people still living in pre-fab tiny shacks, the slow rebuilding of towns etc. and gets very little mention in the English press? THE LOCAL PEOPLE CANNOT AGREE ON ANYTHING. Opinion is divided on whether to rebuild on higher ground further away from where the heart of the town was, sometimes in seperate areas, concerns about the community falling apart further still. It goes on and on. AND "THE GOVERNMENT" HAS WAITED. The prefectural governments are now going ahead with a 9.9m high sea wall which will total 400 km in length. After this is done there will be no more "where is this going to be?", and it can just be done closer to the shore and you don't have to move and raise millions of tons of earth.

Alas, the people protest about the wall.

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Radioactive cesium accumulation in seaweeds by the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant accident, two years’ monitoring at Iwaki and its vicinity Published online Dec 6, 2013

Accumulations of radionuclides in marine macroalgae (seaweeds) resulting from the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant (F1NPP) accident in March 2011 have been monitored for two years using high-purity germanium detectors. Algal specimens were collected seasonally by snorkeling at Nagasaki, Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture (Pref.), Japan, ca. 50 km perimeter from the F1NPP. Additional collections were done at Soma, Hironocho, Hisanohama and Shioyazaki in Fukushima Pref. as well as at Chiba Pref. and Hyogo Pref. as controls.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3882568/

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Utrack from the post

To the north, the seven biggest fish markets in Iwate and Miyagi, the two other prefectures that suffered massive damage from the tsunami, but not radiation.

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Published in the Journal of Plant Research by:

Hiroshi Kawai,corresponding authors Akira Kitamura, Mari Mimura, Tetsuro Mimura, Tomoya Tahara, Daiki Aida, Kenji Sato, and Hideaki Sasaki

Found that the Plant life gave a higher reading than the water sampling....

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