“The Economy Was Given Priority Over Human Life”, Interview With Maya Koabayashi

Maya Koabayashi lived in Fukushima City. After the nuclear disaster in Japan her life changed as did the lives of many people. The information they were getting from the government was largely useless. Determining what was safe to eat or if they should leave the area, they were left to figure it out for themselves. Ms. Kobayashi is only 25, she points out that the nuclear plants in Japan were there before she was born, she had no say in their existence in her life.

Most of her family has moved away. She moved to Yamagata and has started a magazine to help inform young people how to be safer in a contaminated land and to educate people more about radiation. She had planned to go to India to share her story with people there struggling to stop their governments rapid deployment of nuclear power plants. At the last minute her visa was revoked. Greenpeace has a video interview with her below (includes English subtitles). Greenpeace India states that the government is caving to the nuclear industry who does not want victims of the Fukushima disaster sharing their story with people in India.

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