SOS from Minami-Soma: April 2011

11. April 2011

SOS from Minami Soma City

Asia-Pacific Journal Editors

The mayor of Minami Soma, one of the cities closest to the Fukushima Daiichi plant, has posted vidoes appealing to the Japanese government and international community for supplies and evacuation assistance. This video, recorded on March 24, describes the plight of locals and criticizes the Japanese government's confusing "voluntary evacuation" order. (Japanese and English)

April 01, 2011: The area between 20 and 30 kilometers away from Fukushima Daiichi is in desperate need of material assistance. Food and basic necessities such as medicine are not getting through. This was the area in which authorities originally asked residents to stay indoors to protect themselves from radiation exposure. On March 25, the government called for "voluntary evacuation". While central authorities, as well as local governments as far away as Tokyo, have provided ambulances and other vehicles to assist with evacuation, residents have worried that "voluntary" withdrawal may make them ineligible for immediate aid or eventual compensation. As the "voluntary" distinction is widely decried, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) has recommended that the evacuation radius be widened. The Yomiuri reports that the gap between the government and IAEA lines has sowed confusion and unease in the region around the plant. In this context, Minami Soma mayor Sakurai Katsunobu's video appeal takes on a unique power.The mayor of Minami Soma, one of the cities closest to the Fukushima Daiichi plant, has posted vidoes appealing to the Japanese government and international community for supplies and evacuation assistance. This video, recorded on March 24, describes the plight of locals and criticizes the Japanese government's confusing "voluntary evacuation" order.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70ZHQ--cK40&feature=player_embedded

"Unforgivable" - TEPCO's Plan to Add Reactors in Fukushima Back

April 04, 2011: In the midst of one of the most serious nuclear crises in history and with 30,000 dead or missing and close to half a million people rendered homeless in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has submitted plans to build more reactors in Fukushima. ...
The Fukushima bureaucrat in charge of new projects, Nozaki Yoichi, is quoted as saying, "If you consider the feelings of the people of Fukushima, this is simply unforgivable."

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