このブログでは英語での発信とあわせて「フクシマ」について情報発信をして行きたいと思います。日頃のコメントはFacebookへ投稿しておりますので、右下のリンクからご覧頂ければと思います。（字数制限がかからなければTwitterへも同期しています。）どうぞ宜しくお願いします。Masahiro Sato, Kikuchi / Fukushima Prefectural Assembly Member: Talking about Fukushima being affected by Fukushima Daiichi NPP explosion and radioactive contamination on 11/3/2011. I highly appreciate if you can keep your eyes on Fukushima's situation.
There are many differences between
Chernobyl's accident and Fukushima's. Sadly, such differences result in
disconnection in communities.
I personally believe that the degree of radiation exposure of people in
Fukushima is better controlled. This is clearly shown from results of the rice
(Japan’s staple food) screening examination; over 99.9% cleared a 100Bq/kg
limit, which is one of lowest standard of cesium contamination.
suppose people in Chernobyl could access very limited information and have limited
choice to evacuate from the resident places due to the social mechanism of the
Soviet Union at that time. At the same time, properties owned by the government
were left un-decontaminated just making people migrate to alternate properties.
Flooded information on web/SNS
made people in Fukushima uncertain what to believe to make own decisions.
Unfortunately, it also highlighted government’s and local governments’
confusion at early stages of the accidents. This resulted in distrust to
governments and, thus people tended to believe information that was comfortable
to accept for individuals. Therefore, people in a community made different
decision to leave or to stay in Fukushima. And what is worse, there were people
who could not leave due to family or job reasons. Many families made difficult
decision to live at different places.
Unlike Chernobyl, Fukushima chose to decontaminate the land and back to the
resident places. However, in reality, there actually need the demarcation of
zones depending on contamination level. The line also becomes one of causes to
disconnect people in Fukushima.
Despite of the choice, the decontamination works require
temporally and permanent places to store radioactive wastes. Of course, as a
nature of human beings, none is willing to accept such wastes. This also causes
frictions between communities. Then, the delay in decontamination increases
distrust of people in Fukushima to governments.
The land may be recovered 30-40 years time.
However, I wonder how long it would take to recover disconnections.
Nevertheless, we are moving forward step by step believing actions that we take
are connected to our future.