Meanwhile In Japan, People Continue To Grapple With Fukushima Aftermath

Photo - Jiji

People in Japan continue to try to effectively deal with the challenges left from the ongoing disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. At J Village and the plant, 480,000 contaminated tyvek suits piled up at each location. Just a small portion of the nuclear waste being generated due to the disaster.

86% of people polled by Asahi Shumbun say they will continue with their power conservation efforts started this summer to prevent blackouts.  A growing awareness of conservation was cited as the reason.

Parents groups are coordinating with food distributors and producers to work together on protecting children and assisting producers that have been hard hit by the confusion and distrust created by the response to the nuclear disaster on the food supply. Local food testing stations are also being discussed to aid parents in finding safe food.

Another citizens group has emerged, this one monitoring radiation and doing soil testing mainly around Tokyo. The Radiation Defense Project is available in Japanese and English. They currently have some maps showing the contamination spots they have found around the city. They have testing for Tokyo and western Japan and cite what areas are too high to be safe.

 

Photo - NHK

In Minami Soma City, Fukushima just outside the evacuation zone, students have returned to school. Most students were driven to school by their parents. Students were given instructions to wear face masks to and from school and to limit outdoor activity to 2 hours a day.

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