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Fukushima; The Loss Of Homeland

Fukushima; The Loss Of Homeland

The central government has declared the towns of Futaba and Okuma to be interim storage sites for the growing piles of contaminated debris in Japan. Bags of contaminated dirt and debris remain piled up in communities all over Honshu with nowhere to go. The government has agreed to purchase land in the two towns for the storage facility but insists it isn’t permanent. The government claims the debris will eventually be move somewhere outside of … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Books 438 Billion Yen Profit

TEPCO Books 438 Billion Yen Profit

TEPCO again books a profit, this time about 438 billion yen. The company recently received another injection of government money. Comments on the news in a recent article were mostly outrage. Taxpayers are largely footing the bill for the disaster. Impacted residents are still trying to obtain compensation for their losses. Allowing shareholders to benefit from TEPCO’s creative accounting practices doesn’t seem to be going over well with anyone but TEPCO. This article would not be … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Orchestrates Fukushima Denial, Nuclear Restarts

Japan Govt. Orchestrates Fukushima Denial, Nuclear Restarts

The Japanese government continues to push for reactor restarts and to establish nuclear power as part of the national energy policy even though public opinion is still heavily against it. At the same time the government has pushed for politically motivated reopening of parts of the evacuation zone. The Japanese government has declared nuclear power as an “important baseload energy resource“. While the government insists that nuclear power is an important power source they did not … Read entire article »

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18 People Use “Return To Fukushima” Jobs Program

18 People Use “Return To Fukushima” Jobs Program

18 people have used a government jobs program intended to get people to return to Fukushima after the 2011 disasters. At least one person interviewed by Japan Times cited the hardship returning would cause his family.   image credit | donnawilsonsblog.blogspot This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Workers Who Risked Lives, TEPCO Demands They Repay Evacuee Compensation

Fukushima Workers Who Risked Lives, TEPCO Demands They Repay Evacuee Compensation

Many of the workers at Fukushima Daiichi lived in the area. They lost their homes to the tsunami and nuclear disaster just as all of the other nearby residents did. They continued to work at the plant even as they lost everything and had their lives turned upside down. Now TEPCO is demanding they repay huge sums (some around $100,000 USD) even if they no longer are receiving compensation payments. Many saw their ongoing compensation payments … Read entire article »

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“Troika Of Irresponsibility” & Dissatisfaction In Fukushima Disaster Response

“Troika Of Irresponsibility” & Dissatisfaction In Fukushima Disaster Response

Remember only weeks ago when Japan’s PM Abe announced the government was taking over the contaminated water problems at Fukushima Daiichi? If you thought it was more of a political stunt you may be right. Asahi Shimbun looked at the history of this ongoing problem and who is to blame. In what Asahi Shimbun called a “troika of irresponsibility” (troika meaning a set of three) they documented the infighting and dysfunction that has caused progress … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Gives $2 Million To Pro Nuclear Village While Evacuees Wait For Compensation

TEPCO Gives $2 Million To Pro Nuclear Village While Evacuees Wait For Compensation

TEPCO payed out their portion of a $2 million payment to the village that sits near their planned new nuclear plant in Aomori prefecture. TEPCO had promised to cease such payments as part of their government restructuring. The Higashidori proposed nuclear plant is unlikely to be completed after the NRA raised concerns about an active fault running under the reactor site. TEPCO also has partial involvement in the Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing site run by a group … Read entire article »

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The Fukushima Elephant In The Room

The Fukushima Elephant In The Room

The NY Times published an article today looking at the limbo Fukushima evacuees live in. Most in Namie and other towns where large amounts of nuclear fallout fell on their communities know they will never go home. Yet they can’t start life over elsewhere. The government won’t admit defeat and either compensate them for their homes & businesses, or offer any relocation assistance. Cited as the reason why this is allowed to happen, admission of … Read entire article »

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171 Nuclear Refugees Sue TEPCO

171 Nuclear Refugees Sue TEPCO

171 people who fled to Osaka and Kyoto after the Fukushima Nuclear disaster are suing TEPCO to try to regain some of what they have lost. A total of 3811 people have filed suit against TEPCO in court in 11 district courts. Read more at JapanTimes This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources … Read entire article »

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Government To Fukushima Evacuees, Offer Dosimeters Rather Than Clean Up

In an exchange that was shocking even for all we have seen in the 2+ years since the disaster, the government showed exactly how callous they are towards Fukushima evacuees. The residents of Tamura are being pushed to move home. Most people have not received any sort of final compensation so the only option most are being given is to eventually move back home to the evacuation zone. Temporary compensation and housing have been extended but are not expected to be that way forever. Government efforts to decontaminate the town have failed. Radiation levels were lowered to  0.32 and 0.54 in most areas but the government goal is .23 uSv/h to meet the international standard of 1 mSv/year. The government representatives tried to argue the point claiming incorrectly that the government goal of … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Thumbs Nose At Everyone

TEPCO has announce a total rejection of a plan by the government arbitration board to compensate victims from Iitate Village. The government declared the area off limits due to unsafe levels of radiation. TEPCO has claimed that “science” does not support this, rejecting both the arbitration board plan and the government classification of the village. TEPCO shareholders also rejected attempts to file suit against GE for design liability related to the massive failures at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. This could have potentially added funds to help compensate victims. Shareholders also rejected a plan to decommission Fukushima Daini and Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant. Other proposals included selling TEPCO’s Tokyo headquarters building and cutting the compensation & bonuses of employees and board members. The only proposal that passed was appointing new board members. TEPCO has … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Reconstruction Official Lashes Out At People In Fukushima

An official from the Reconstruction Office charged with rebuilding the damaged regions of Fukushima prefecture lashed out at citizen groups wanting measures to protect people from radiation. The insulting and profanity laced tweets directed at the very people he is supposed to be helping didn’t go down well. The tweets have now been removed, there are calls for the agency to sack Yasuhisa Mizuno, the official responsible for the statements. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If … Read entire article »

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Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup April 24, 2013

So far about 3000 people have reached settlements with TEPCO, the news report does not say if any of these are substantial claims where property loss is involved or if those completed were less complicated claims. The Diet is planning to create a law that would give people more time to file claims or an extended ability to file a lawsuit if talks break down. With about 160,000 people displaced by the disaster this number seems extremely low. Mayors in Shizuoka that have been against the Hamaoka nuclear plant have been reelected. The mayors have opposed the operation of the plant thought to be one of the most dangerous in Japan. About 40% of the new radiation monitoring stations in Japan have not been equipped with emergency generators. The stations were designed … Read entire article »

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Dr. Robert Jacobs On Fukushima Situation Today

Dr. Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute (and fukuleaks.org/web member) on RT TV discussing the situation in Fukushima two years later. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Year 2; Part 3

This is part three of our three part series on the second year of the 3-11 disaster. In part three we look at the humanitarian issues, the environmental damage and how people are adapting since the disaster. Human Costs 300,000 remain displaced from their homes. Some from the tsunami damage, others from the nuclear disaster. The original estimate for the nuclear related evacuation was 160,000. Some are in apartments, others in tiny temporary housing units. An unused school in Saitama is still home to a group of senior citizens with nowhere else to go. Those who have taken up residence in the school will never be able to return home. All come from Futaba, very near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Futaba may not be habitable again for a generation at best. (1)(2)(3) The … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Requiring Evacuees To Pay Back Temporary Compensation

TEPCO is now requiring evacuees to pay back any temporary compensation payments given to them. If TEPCO makes a final settlement the initial money given to evacuees so they could survive, many with nothing but the clothes on their backs will have to be paid back. Most evacuees lost everything and many still sit nearly 2 years later with no compensation payment or settlement from TEPCO. While most of the world has assumed everything in Fukushima has been resolved, those impacted still fight to get even the basic compensation needed to replace their lost households. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that … Read entire article »

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Japan Still Pursuing Olympic Bid

Japan’s government is continuing to pursue the idea of a bid for the Olympics. Ex-SKF found a couple of Olympic posters that tout some very un-tangible vague reasons to host the Olympics. It does seem odd that a country struggling with a major disaster and the considerable costs that come with would be focusing on holding the Olympics. Considering over 300,000 people are still living in temporary housing and the big decontamination plan has turned out to be a big failure they seem to have more pressing issues to deal with. Holding the Olympics is expensive and has lost money for the host cities. Toronto’s Olympics lost them $1.5 billion dollars. London lost money on their Olympic hosting, it hit businesses particularly hard as locals left down and the tourists that did … Read entire article »

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Futaba May Be Uninhabitable For Over 60 Years In Certain Locations

The mayor of Futaba has told residents they may need to stay away for “a generation” citing the half life of cesium 137 at 30 years. He also mentioned return would not be possible until levels were at “1 millisievert” possibly referring to the 1mSv/year guidelines of ICRP. Parts of Futaba are at 50mSv/year. If you start with 50 msv/yr you need between 5-6 half lives (32-64) to get down to 1 msv/year. Higher level areas in Futaba could take 64 years or more to become safe if you include the higher readings and hot spots around town. Someone who is 40 years old today would be 70 years old at the earliest return date when rebuilding the town could begin. 30 years would cause extensive collapse to the structures and … Read entire article »

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300,000 Still In Temporary Housing After 3-11 Disaster

NHK reports 300,000 are still in temporary housing after the March 2011 disaster. Japan Today cites a number of 305,000 across 8 prefectures. A lack of available housing in the region and also limited flat land to build housing units were cited as contributing to the problem. 23,000 units are planned but land has been secured for only 1/3 of the units planned and only 40 have been completed.  Of those 40 units, 12 are in Fukushima and 28 in Nagano. 7,351 houses have the paperwork started, construction has begun on only 1,673. The temporary housing includes accommodations rented by the government that could be anything from a hotel room to an apartment. About 50,000 temporary housing units were built in the region. These are very small trailer like units that are about 300 square feet … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Residents & Evacuees Draft Human Rights Declaration

People impacted by the Fukushima nuclear disaster have drafted a human rights declaration with the help of lawyer Yoshitaro Nomura. Nomura has been assisting those impacted by the disaster in other matters such as negotiations with TEPCO over compensation. The goal of the non binding petition is to gain the attention of the government and have them heed the concerns of those impacted by the disaster. The declaration is currently gathering signatures of support with a goal of 100,000 signatures. The declaration asks for Fukushima to return to how it was before the disaster where people could safely eat food, the right to all information about the disaster and the right to self determination about if one evacuates or not. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research … Read entire article »

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UN Special Investigator In Japan Releases Initial Statement On Fukushima Human Rights

The  UN special investigator Anand Grover has issued some initial comments on his visit to Japan. The statement is more of a preliminary review of his findings, a full report will be issued at a later date. A draft report has been submitted to the Japanese government but is not currently available on the UN Human Rights Council website. The issues and criticisms mentioned in the statement include these: Local residents were not aware of nuclear disaster management plans. He makes this specific mention “local residents of Futaba city in Fukushima were led to believe by the Safety Agreement signed in 1991 that the TEPCO plant was safe and there would be no occasion for a nuclear accident.” The NRA, Japan’s new nuclear regulatory agency should adopt a policy to disclose any … Read entire article »

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Change And Stagnation Over Nuclear Issues In Japan.

The new nuclear agency in Japan, the NRA has announced changes to nuclear disaster response. They plan to move emergency response centers to now be 30km from the nuclear plant they oversee. The response center for Fukushima Daiichi was 5km from the plant. This caused problems not just due to the proximity but because power generation systems failed to work causing the building to flood with radiation. The air handling system did not work due to the lack of functional power generators. They also intend to expand evacuation zones around nuclear plants from 10km to 30km. The plan calls for distributing iodine to people within 50km of the nuclear plant. It does not state clearly if the iodine would be given to residents ahead of time or if it would need to … Read entire article »

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The Forgotten

A year and a half since the 3-11 disasters many still live in temporary housing without compensation wondering where they will go. Even less known is a group of 200 elderly evacuees still living in a former school. No hot food, no privacy and what services they do have are improvised at the school building. Most sleep with cardboard partitions for privacy or together in old classrooms dorm style. This group of evacuees all from Futaba have been mentioned before. The town has set up an office at the Saitama school as they try to determine what to do about the town so close to the Fukushima Daiichi plant and with considerable doubt anyone can return. Ex-SKF found a group trying to help these people and news that they are still at … Read entire article »

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“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 … Read entire article »

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Dr. Robert Jacobs Explains Social Mobilization In Japan After Fukushima

Dr. Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute (and SimplyInfo member) explains the social impact on the people in Fukushima and how the troubling changes they have experienced are similar to the devastating toll on populations after other nuclear disasters. The damage done by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster has far wider implications than just health damage. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in … Read entire article »

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Evacuees Still Living In Evacuation Centers, Limbo

300 people are still living in an evacuation center. Most are elderly and from Futaba. A few simply can not find new jobs after being moved from Fukushima to Saitama. People live together in various rooms of a former high school with no idea where they will be going next or when. About 1400 people remain on waiting lists just to obtain a temporary housing unit. Where they are currently was not mentioned. There also seems to be a disconnect between where some temporary housing units are located and where people either want or need to be located for other reasons like job locations. In Iwaki tensions between locals and the evacuees rose and people worried about the impact. Locals voiced concerns that medical care costs would rise as evacuees currently … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Victimization 2.0

Dr. Robert Jacobs from the Hiroshima Peace Institute, and fukuleaks.org/web member has written a new article over at DiaNuke.org discussing the re-victimization of the evacuees of Fukushima. We have seen efforts by various parties over the last year to blame victims and otherwise malign or misrepresent the true nature of their situation. With the anniversary of the disaster this weekend, certain parties have turned this game of blame the victim into high gear by putting stories in the media again trying to downplay the disaster and make life worse for those impacted by the disaster. This not only does a great disservice to those impacted by the disaster but hurts the public discourse about safety, risk and the disaster itself. Dr. Jacob’s full article can be found here. This article would not be … Read entire article »

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Ending The Year, Disaster Far From Over For Evacuees

If you ask anyone in Japan their thoughts on 2011 they will tell you something akin to it having been a very tough year. The government in Tokyo and TEPCO have declared the disaster over. Western media has been more than happy to repeat this claim with gusto. For those in the Tohoku region of Japan the disaster is far from over. Many still remain in temporary housing. Everyone seems to be in some manner of limbo. Waiting for compensation from TEPCO, waiting to hear if their property will be habitable any time soon or trying to pick up the pieces and move on with life. A wife decided she really needed her husband and a farmer planted seaweed in Iwate not knowing what the next day holds. The government has … Read entire article »

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Criticism Of Fukushima Disaster Response Grows Worldwide

Greenpeace expert Ike Teuling did an on the ground investigation at Fukushima City, 60km from the nuclear plant. His investigation found radioactive hot spots up to 100 times the background radiation levels. The area in general is still highly contaminated. Greenpeace has called for the evacuation of all children and pregnant women from Fukushima City, something that should have happened 9 months ago. Soon after the disaster the discussion on our live blog was one of puzzlement why Fukushima City was not being evacuated. Radiation levels there soon after the disaster were concerningly high. The local government response has been far from useful. They told residents to do their own decontamination and to bury radioactive dirt and materials in their yards. Those with the means to do so have already evacuated. … Read entire article »

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Niigata Prefecture Took Lead To Help During The Disaster

While the central government was flailing during the first days of the disaster, Niigata prefecture jumped to action. A 10km long traffic jam had clogged the main road west out of Fukushima towards Niigata as residents fled the nuclear disaster. The prefecture government had become aware of the mass exodus the previous afternoon. Their 14 member team began setting up locations where evacuees could rest, consult with officials and be tested for radiation. Within 1 day 10 municipalities and the prefectural government were ready to accept 3000 evacuees. On March 18th 64 evacuation centers were open and accepted 10,574 evacuees. Niigata has had their own disaster experience after dealing with two major quakes. Every municipality can open an evacuation center in two hours. The mayor of Minami-Soma criticized the central government. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Residents Still Have To Pay Mortgages And Property Taxes

A little talked about issue that is truly compounding the problems of those in Fukushima, their debts are not going away in any manner, even if they can’t go home. Mortgages and property taxes are still expected to be paid. Even if they have had to evacuate and possibly lost their job due to the disasters. No effort has been made to give temporary suspension or forgiveness as people try to determine their long range plans. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may … Read entire article »

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Fewer Think Returning Home Is An Option, Namie Officals Still Dream Of Return

A recent NHK survey found an increasing number of evacuees think returning home won’t happen or would be extremely difficult to do. Meanwhile officials for Namie, a town 9km from the plant, take periodic readings in the city. They admit that the extremely high levels and only small declines in radiation would make it difficult for people to return. They still hold out hope the government would provide decontamination for the town. How realistic that hope is remains to be seen. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than … Read entire article »

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Enson Inoue Interview And Visit To Fukushima Daiichi

Enson Inoue has been traveling to the exclusion zone to feed the abandoned pets and to bring aid to evacuees in temporary housing. His even more notable trip was the one he took inside Fukushima Daiichi. Inoue suited up with some contractors and easily entered the plant complex. He took two dosimeters with him, one outside his Tyvek suit, another inside. “Well those suits aren’t working. They do nothing. If the meter on the outside of my suit was reading 19 micro seiverts or whatever, the one on the inside was reading around 17. The suits don’t do jack s***. They aren’t protecting those workers. I don’t understand how those people are allowed to go in. They have a false sense of security.” He had prepared for his trip into the plant and … Read entire article »

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