Save the children

From ENE News (www.enenews.com)

Posted February 14, 2014

Japan Physician: Parents should evacuate children from Tokyo; Danger from Fukushima radiation — “The threat has seemed to be spreading” — “I’ve seen a lot of patients badly affected”

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Excerpts from an interview with Tokyo-based physician Shigeru Mita, Nelson Groom for Vice.com, Feb. 14, 2014

The Threat

  • I’ve done examinations on more than 1,500 patients. […] I run blood work and conduct thyroid ultrasound examinations. […] I’ve mostly tested patients living in Tokyo, and I’ve found a lot of harmful symptoms in children, especially in kindergarten students or elementary school […] serious effects in the elderly. There have been abnormalities in their differential white-blood-cell count […] decline in the neutrophil […] I conducted the first tests in December 2011 […] the threat has seemed to be spreading into Tokyo since then.

The ‘Cure’

  • There was a baby with a serious illness. […] she had no neutrophils. […] Thankfully, she recovered after moving to the Kyushu area. […] there aren’t any medicines to help […] I’ve seen a lot of patients from Tokyo who are badly affected, but when they move […] they get better. After they come back to Tokyo, it gets worse again.

The Cover-up

  • I believe [TEPCO’s reporting on the radiation] must be false. That said, discussing this is a waste of time. We need to use this time to help patients rather than discussing the validity of these statements. That’s the most pressing concern.

The Food

  • In Japan, commercial distribution is prosperous, so some of the contaminated food is definitely coming to Tokyo. […] we should be testing everything thoroughly, and that at least  children should be spared […]

The Media

  • They are definitely not focusing  on this particular concern. I believe the Japanese media have taken side with a small number of powerful people.

The Public

  • People living in eastern Japan  […] are trying to look away from the dangers of radioactivity. Hence they avoid taking the matter seriously.

The Future

  • I worry about the children, their parents, and the children who will be born in the future. I want the patients to move to the safer place [and] strongly recommend that anyone living in the area head to a safer place one or two months out of the year. I encourage everyone living in Tokyo to take blood tests as frequently as  possible. […]

More from Dr. Mita here: I hope adults will leave Tokyo, not just children — Strange things happening — Medications don’t seem to work — Rare diseases increasing dramatically

Posted January 17, 2014

TV: “Many young people in Fukushima who are in high school have died suddenly”; Officials “ignore all the problems” — Former Mayor: People are always told “any disease they have is not caused by radiation” (VIDEO)

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Democracy Now on location in Japan, Jan. 17, 2014:

At 15:15 in

Yukiko Kameya, Fukushima nuclear refugee: There are 59 children with thyroid problems and there are hundreds more on the way […]                         

Futaba where I lived is not livable, and the government says so. I know we are never going back in my entire life. But for the Fukushima Prefecture, it still not safe. The radiation level’s still very high […]

[Govt officials] ignore all the problems we’re having. There are many young people between 15 and 19 in Fukushima who are in high school who have died suddenly. For example, this morning I saw an online story that a 17-year-old died from Leukemia. In the morning when his mother came to wake him up, he was found dead in bed. Everyone says this was caused by the radiation levels from the nuclear accident. But our government never recognized it — and there are 59 children with thyroid cancer, they’ll never recognize it as being caused by the radiation.

At 39:45 in

Katsutaka Idogawa, Futaba’s mayor during 3/11, the town where part of Fukushima Daiichi is located: Another huge issue is those who are forced to live within the greater Fukushima areas do not have access to full health measurement, health treatment, and the kind of support they need. They’re also told that any diseases or sickness that they have is not caused by radiation.

Watch the broadcast here

Posted March 23, 2014

Fukushima Evacuee: 50% of class with nosebleeds at same time — Immune system problems reported by many families (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/fukushima-evacuee-50-class-nosebleeds-same-time-recurring-hear-immune-system-problems-reported-many-families-video

Fukushima Evacuee Geoff Read, Public Meeting at the UK’s House of Commons in the UK, Mar. 10, 2014:

At 2:30 in

Geoff Read, Fukushima Evacuee:

Children have been experiencing health effects already. As Paul said, it’s important not to jump to conclusions. But it’s hard to understand why, for example, that a teacher I personally know witnessed 50% of his class with noses bleeding at the same time. And this is a recurring thing that we hear, that children’s noses are bleeding a lot.

There have been respiration problems and immune system problems reported by some teachers and many families. This is coming from lots of different areas.

Watch the meeting at the UK’s House of Commons here

Posted March 22, 2014

Evacuee from Outside Fukushima: “There’s a black dust absolutely everywhere” that’s highly radioactive — Gov’t would not evacuate children because they’d have to certify it was safe to return, and they could not — “It’s an ongoing crisis” (VIDEO)

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Fukushima Evacuee Gavin Allwright, Public Meeting at the UK’s House of Commons, Mar. 10, 2014 (at 6:15 in):

Gavin Allwright, resident of Miyagi Prefecture:

There is a black dust that is absolutely everywhere in Miyagi [prefecture north of Fukushima]. It wasn’t even analyzed for quite a long time. It has now been analyzed to be very highly radioactive. Those tiny, tiny particles — these paper masks don’t stop them. The kids put their fingers in their mouths. One of those particles is enough to cause irreparable damage. I’ve certainly had a very large dose of radioactivity because I was active in the clear up.

The bodies that had been picked up that died in the tsunami, they weren’t even allowed to bury them properly or cremate them properly because they were toxic waste. People were pulling down their garden walls or throwing things away, being arrested for moving toxic waste out of the area. However we were being told it was safe. […]

The children weren’t evacuated, and I did actually challenge some of the local officials about this and they said, “We can’t evacuate the children, because if we do as a government, we have to certify it’s safe for them to come back and we can’t, so we won’t move them.” I don’t even need to comment on that. It’s an ongoing crisis.

Watch the meeting at the UK’s House of Commons here

Posted March 22, 2014

Gundersen: Terrifying cancer data for Fukushima — “Statistics are astounding especially for young girls” — “Growing concern around cancer risk” (VIDEO)

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Fairewinds Energy Education, Mar. 20, 2014: Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated

As the three year anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi just passed, our minds have been on the health of the Japanese people, in particular the children. This week’s film is a reissue of a film we released last year featuring Ian Goddard and Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen discussing the risk of cancer in children in and around Fukushima prefecture. The statistics are astounding especially for young girls. For every year a young girl is the in the radiation zone 1 in 100 girls is going to get cancer due to their exposure from Fukushima. As each year passes it compounds, so if a young girl is there for 10 years, 10 out of 100 will get cancer. The statistics are terrifying and the Japanese government has allowed families with young children to return to Fukushima prefecture.

Introduction: “In response to growing concern around cancer risk to children, in particular young girls, in and around the Fukushima Prefecture, we’re reissuing a film we made last year. […] 1 in every 100 young girls will devlop cancer for every year they are exposed to Fukushima’s radiation”

Watch the presentation here

Posted May 24, 2012

Nakate: Big change in number of child deaths in Fukushima due to illnesses after July 2011 — Death from cardiovascular disease doubled — Cancer and leukemia also increased

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Report regarding the number of deaths due to illnesses in “Fukushima children”
Fukushima Voice
By Seiichi Nakate, Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation, Published: May 24, 2012

[…]

The graphs shown below were created from the Fukushima prefecture data

[…]

There is a big change in the number of deaths due to illnesses after July.

[…]

I cannot help but suspect a possibility that abnormal phenomena have been happening to the health of Fukushima children since last summer.

[…]

The number of deaths due to “cardiovascular diseases” has doubled. (This number includes cardiovascular deaths of children with congenital heart abnormalities.) This has not been seen in other prefectures which suffered damages from the earthquake/tsunami disaster. There are also increases in infectious diseases, cancer and leukemia, and pneumonia.

[…]

There is no doubt that the number of pediatric deaths due to illnesses has increased since last summer. It was omitted from this report, but there is data available that shows that the increase in the number of deaths was the greatest in late teens.

[…]

Photo1

Total number of pediatric deaths (ages 1 to 19) due to illnesses in Fukushima, from March through November of 2010 (blue) vs. 2011 (pink) — “It has increased by a factor of 1.5 times, but pediatric deaths due to illnesses come in small numbers to begin with, so the absolute number is too small to determine if this is an “unusual phenomenon.” Similar changes can be seen considerably in past statistics or other prefectures.”

Photo 2

Month-to-month changes in the number of pediatric deaths (ages 1 to 19) in Fukushima from March through November of 2010 (blue) and 2011 (pink)


Photo 3

The number of pediatric deaths (ages 1 to 19) due to illnesses classified by the specific cause of deaths in Fukushima from March through November of 2010 (blue) and 2011 (pink)

Source of data: http://www.e-stat.go.jp/SG1/estat/NewList.do?tid=000001028897

Be sure to read the full report here

Related Posts

  1. Report: Mortality rising in contaminated regions      of East Japan — “Very likely the number of cases of disease and death      increased associated with radiation” July 9, 2012
  2. B.C. Canada sees spike in number of sudden infant      deaths — “Why so many of those have come up this year, we don’t know”      July 6, 2011
  3. CBC on TMI: Reports of enormous increase in      cancer deaths — Infant mortality rates doubled — Birds disappeared — Many      mutations observed (VIDEO) January 29, 2012
  4. Yomiuri: 451 deaths “due to physical deterioration      triggered by the disaster” — Number expected to increase dramatically —      From “long-term fatigue and worsening of chronic diseases”      November 18, 2011
  5. Study: Disease-related deaths surged after 3/11 —      Heart unable to pump enough blood around body (See also: Cesium-137 not      slow acting, immediately damages heart muscle) August 29, 2012

“To my beloved city Tokyo: Thank you and Good-bye”

From World Network for Saving Children from Radiation

“To my beloved city Tokyo: Thank you and Good-bye” (Vol.1): A former ghostwriter made his fleeing experience from radiation public

Shou Kamihara wrote the following message (English translation by Graig White) to raise the people’s awareness of the consequences of nuclear disaster. It is Kamihara’s hope that as many people as possible around the world will hear the voices of the evacuees and “Genpatsu emigrees”. With this goal, he made the first chapter of his book available for free download, so that many people will be able to get a good grasp of his story. An English version is also available for free downloading. WNSCR now introduces a part of this chapter and we have also translated his short writing about the lives of “Genpatsu emigrees”, extracted from a small pamphlet with collections of interviews with the families, as conducted and edited by Kamihara after the accident. Vol.1 Kamihara’s message to readers around the world Page in Japanese Vol.2 Genpatsu Hikkoshi chapter 1(English) Vol.3 Short writing about the lives of the emigrees (both in English and Japanese) (WNSCR team)

Message from Kamihara

To the People of the World:

My name is Shou Kamihara. I’m a ghost writer in Japan. Or should I say, I used to be one. Like the kind Ewan McGregor portrayed in the 2010 movie “Ghost Writer.” Essentially I write books for academics, famous authors, actors and actresses and so on, all the while hiding in the shadows as a “ghost.” But ever since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, I felt I couldn’t be just a ghost anymore. That’s because when I tried to put the events of 3.11 into a book, especially the accident that occurred at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, I couldn’t get anyone to give me their cooperation. For a long time – 30 or 40 years – the electric companies have given out large donations and provided sponsorships. This has created an environment in which academics, authors, and entertainers who received money or want to receive money can’t say anything against those companies.

Still, I felt there was a need to write about what happened in Japan, at Fukushima, and the panic that gripped Tokyo. If nobody else is going to write about it, it’s up to me. I can’t be a ghost. I decided to show myself and publish this book.

I began writing this book in September of the same year as the nuclear accident, 2011, and finally put my pen down in March 2012. Then I immediately put it out for publication at my own expense. I was getting pretty far along in talks with some major domestic publishers. The editing departments supported my efforts and seemed willing to publish. But the people in sales were the exact opposite.

“We can’t publish a book like you wrote, about someone who fled Tokyo because they were afraid of the radiation. If we put a book like that out, it would anger our sponsors, and we might lose our income from them. The risk for loss from our sponsors leaving is greater than the possible profits we could make off of the book. We can’t publish a book about this sort of thing.”

The sponsors they mentioned were mainly those places like real estate agencies, travel agencies, hotels, rail companies, and Disneyland, which have their main bases of operation in the Tokyo area. Of course, all of these companies are in business with their chips on Tokyo, so naturally they’d want to avoid writing a book about Tokyo’s nuclear contamination.

I was turned down in the same way by a number of different publishing companies. I was on friendly terms with all of these places, having done business with all of them for more than 10 years. Their decisions caused me to become depressed. But I truly felt that a book needed to be published about the disaster on 3.11 and the Fukushima accident, a book that told the truth without twisting anything.

The Japanese mass media – television as well as newspapers – hadn’t told the people anything. “There is no need for immediate evacuation.” “There is no immediate threat to human health.” “There is no risk to one’s health from eating vegetables or meat contaminated by radiation.” “We need to send the contaminated rubble from the disaster site to (garbage) incinerators all over the country to be burned. This is the kizuna, the bond, of the Japanese people.”

This response of defending the electric companies and dismissing the issue of their responsibility, underestimating the health risks of nuclear radiation, and not caring about whether the citizenry is exposed to radiation or not – in other words, doing nothing to protect the people – has continued in Japan to this day a year and a half later. The elderly, infants, pregnant women and so on are being thrown under the bus so that the electric companies can survive and the politicians can gather votes. As proof that this is the prevailing attitude, despite the fact that in these 18 months four or five workers cleaning up the Fukushima plant have suddenly died, they insist that there is no connection to radiation and there hasn’t even been a police investigation.

Precisely because Japan is in this state, I couldn’t afford to give up on publishing this book.

Therefore, this book was published at my own expense, meaning I covered all the charges and fees associated with getting it out. This way no one would be able to complain about anything. But the financial burden was considerable, and I can’t afford to hold promotions to sell this book to the world like that which a typical author or publisher would.

So I advertised over Twitter and spread news about it through word of mouth. So somehow I finally got this book published, but there are still those in Japanese society who brand those worried about radiation contamination as “abnormal” or “crazy.” Aside from those people who use the Internet to get their information from specialists overseas or inspect data from the Chernobyl disaster, most people have no source of information apart from Japanese TV and newspapers. Affected by the psychological drive to rely on “safe, secure” information more than a desire for the truth, they are unable to make the right decisions for their lives and their health. This is remarkable for Tokyo, the central hub of Japan’s economy. Contamination there is severe – soil contamination has been measured at between 10,000 and 100,000 becquerels – and contamination is routinely detected in school yards and in front of homes and train stations.

I want to ask the people all around the world who read this book to raise your voices to Japan. Please tell Japan that you want them to protect the elderly, children, and pregnant mothers. As long as there no movement from outside Japan, Japanese people will almost certainly continue to pretend they don’t notice the radiation and go on with their lives. Please tell the people of Japan that you wish they’d move west of Tokyo, or even overseas if possible. I’m thinking that I’d like to make the first part of this book (the prologue) open to the public for free. It’s perfectly fine if you’d like to post the entire chapter on your blog, or use quotes to introduce the book over the Internet. Anyway, I’d like for what’s happening in Japan, in Tokyo, to be as widely known as possible.

I would be happy to see the newspapers, the TV and radio stations, and the publishing companies of the world take notice of this book, and I hope this information spreads all over the globe. Maybe that will lead to a change of heart in the Japanese administration, and they’ll begin to place priority on protecting the lives and health of the citizenry. I would be overjoyed if all those people without power or voice who are worried about radiation exposure could move to a place where they don’t have to worry anymore.

I don’t speak anything but Japanese, so I had this book translated by Mr. White, who was introduced to me by a mutual friend. Though we didn’t know anything about each other, he was able to sympathize with the contents of the book and the work moved along smoothly. I’m very thankful for that.

September 13, 2012
On the veranda of our new home in Kure, Hiroshima

Shou Kamihara

Note from Kamiyama
We are looking for media-related persons who will help us introduce this book to the rest of the world.

We look forward to hearing from anyone who might be interested in introducing the first part of this book ( the prologue) or selected parts of it to their readers/viewers/subscribers, or to the general public as a whole. Any TV, radio, magazines, or newspapers would be most welcome.

We are also looking for a publisher that would be interested in publishing this book overseas.

Please contact us at the following e-mail address:
toiawase@genpatsu-hikkoshi.info

Here as well is our official website: http://genpatsu-hikkoshi.info/

Webcast: Fukushima Solutions Conference, March 22-23

Webcast at: www.fukushimasolutions.com

FUKUSHIMA SOLUTIONS WORLD CONFERENCE, MARCH 22-23

MARCH 22, 2014 Translator By Neenah Payne / via activistpost.com /

The Fukushima Solutions World Conference will take place on March 22-23 at the University of Texas at Austin. The goal is to come up with a solution to counter the unprecedented Fukushima disaster.

The first day will feature experts in nuclear issues discussing remediation solutions for the Fukushima disaster. The focus on the second day will be health issues and providing solutions for personal health.

Speakers include an array of experts in the fields of radiation and health who will be presented on site and via Webcast, including (click name for full info):

Helen Caldicott
Joe Mangano
Mike Adams
Dale E. Klein
Lieutenant Steve Simmons
Ben Fuchs
And many others.

To learn more and/or to register for the Webcast, please visit www.FukushimaSolutions.com.

Neenah Payne writes for The Fukushima Radiation Protection site at: http://www.fukushima-shield.info/, designed to provide an understanding of the risks posed to Americans by the ongoing radiation crisis that began on March 11, 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

Helen Caldicott receives death threats while in Tokyo, police harass citizens

Thanks to ENE News for their continuing excellent coverage.

http://enenews.com/kpfa-dr-helen-caldicott-threatened-death-japan-speaking-about-nuclear-power-students-charged-disturbing-peace-handing-flyers-audio

Posted 3-21-14

KPFA Flashpoints, Mar. 10, 2014 (at 3:00 in):

Steve Zeltzer, reporting from Japan: We went to Osaka […] we were told there’s continuing repression. Activists here are being threatened, including Professor Shimoji (1) who was arrested for handing out leaflets. The government is trying to suppress opposition to nuclear power by passing the secrecy law which just passed the parliament and also by intimidating antinuclear activists and saying they have to keep quiet. […] We also learned from Dr. Helen Caldicott that she was threatened. She spoke at a meeting in Kyoto on the 8th and it was reported at the meeting that she had been threatened by right-wingers with death for speaking out about the dangers of nuclear power.

KPFA Flashpoints, Mar. 11, 2014 (at 3:15 in):

Zeltzer: There were also students there from different universities that are reporting that they’re being repressed. They’re being charged with disturbing the peace for handing out flyers against the burning nuclear rubble and against nuclear power plants.

Full Flashpoints broadcasts available here

http://www.kpfa.org/podcast/pod.php?show=flashpoints

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$$$ more important than lives; two Fukushima women battle experts

http://www.save-children-from-radiation.org/2013/11/13/two-fukushima-women-battle-against-experts-on-tv/

Two Fukushima Women Battle against Experts on TV

November 2013

Big gap between Fukushima locals and experts/politicians

What do we do with unstoppable contaminated water leak from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant?

TV Asahi’s long running and widely regarded TV show, ‘Asa made Nama TV (All NIght Long Live Discussion)’ was aired on October 25. The theme of the day was ‘Contaminated water hasn’t been stopped. What do we do with Nuclear Power Plants?.’  A Fukushima woman was invited to the show to talk about challenges and problems Fukushima has been facing. Nine other guests were LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) politicians, journalists, economists, writer/philosophers and environmental specialists.

They tackled the issues such as the 1 millisievert limit, the right to (and not to) evacuate and decontamination. They also discussed compensation for the victims and unwisely spent recovery funds.

This show reveals that there is a serious divergence between Fukushima locals and the so-called ‘experts’, versus the politicians. They talk about different pathways and different futures. The gap between them seemed gravely deep, but it depicts how confused Japan is over on-going Fukushima issues in a profoundly symbolic way.

The female guest was Ms. Kazue Morizono from Koriyama city, Fukushima. She is a member of the “WOMAN AGAINST NUKES” and has been actively involved in civil actions against TEPCO and the government since the accident.

Morizono presented Fukushima residents’ point of view.

A female evacuee from Okuma-town, the location of Fukushima Daiichi power plant, also joined the discussion and shared her experience and hardship.

[Part I]

Ikeda (Agora Incorporated):

“The government says that the decontamination target is 1 millisievert/yr, because, otherwise, the evacuees won’t come back home.”

Tahara(TV host):

“But the people are not returning home as long as the 1 millisievert/yr is the target. I don’t believe such target can ever be achieved in Fukushima.”

Ikeda:

“No. You are right. It would cost roughly $500 billion.”

Tahara:

“Asahi Newspaper quoted a comment by Mr. Tanaka, head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority. He said, it is generally accepted as a world standard that up to 20 millisievert/yr should be allowed in the aftermath of a nuclear accident.

People would have hard time adjusting themselves if they moved to a new place.

What do you think?”

Morizono:

(A Fukushima woman) “Are you sure that’s accepted by the international community? Even ICRP says that the allowable limit for the public is 1 millisievert/yr, don’t they? The Japanese constitution stipulates the 1 millisievert/yr limit, doesn’t it?”

Ikeda:

“I get your point. But if you try to abide by the limit strictly, there is a good possibility that about 160,000 evacuees will not ever be able to return home. And it would cost $500 billion. It’s impossible. What do you say about this?”

Morizono:

“Life cannot be put in monetary terms.”

Ikeda:

“So you mean the government should pay $500 billion?”

Morizono:

“What we are saying is that the right to choose – to evacuate or not to evacuate – must be legally guaranteed.”

Ikeda:
“Why should it be your choice?”

Others:

“Because they are the victims.”

Ikeda:

“We cannot afford such a huge mount of money as $500 billion.”

Hasegawa (Tokyo Newspaper):

“I think it is critical that the victims themselves may choose to stay or not, and both choices shall be supported by the government programs, as Morizono-san mentioned.”

Tahara:

“But the victims themselves won’t be able to know which standard is valid. Since the people insist on 1 millisievert/yr, everyone gets the impression that anything over that is dangerous.”

Morizono:

“A father of a toddler has asked me to convey that there are still many people who want to evacuate from Fukushima and neighboring regions, in order to protect their children. Because we know the accident is not under control and that radiation is still being released, the parents with the small children are the most concerned and sensitive to these issues. How can we call Japan a developed country, when these voices are totally being ignored? The legislation to assist the victims and the children was shelved for more than a year. Finally, the government recently announced the underlining principles that will guide the programming under this legislation. The mother and fathers who fled to other parts of Japan in their desperate attempt to save their children are facing insurmountable challenges every day. They are demanding that this legislation should stick to this 1 millisievert limit….”

Ikeda:

“People won’t be able to return home. What should be done?”

Morizono:

“ We are saying each one of us must be given the choice. The government sponsored assistance should be provided to support both choices.”

Ikeda:

“Where do you suggest $500 billion can come from?”

Tahara:

“The IAEA report said the Japanese government should explain to the evacuees that the 1 millisievert target cannot be achieved through the decontamination in the short term.”

Morizono:

“I want people to give some serious thought to the effect of radiation on our heath. We already have people diagnosed with thyroid cancer. In my circle of friends, there are two …..”

Ikeda:

“No way. It cannot be true. It has only been two years. Those are not related to radiation from the plant.

Morizono:

“Please do not deny this. You cannot be sure of something that is not yet known.”

Ikeda:

“It takes 25 years on average before cancers will start to emerge.”

Morizono:

“Such a yardstick is useless. We do not know. “

[Part II]

Morizono:

“It’s true that there are different viewpoints on this issue.

Please listen to what this lady from Okuma Town has to say. Her home is in one of the most contaminated areas.”

A lady, a former Resident of Okuma Town:

Okuma has the worst contamination (being the location of Fukushima Daiichi), as you know. I have heard that almost $1.5 million was poured into an experimental decontamination project in Okuma. I do not want to see such a huge amount of money being wasted. You have been talking about money. Why do we need to bother to decontaminate areas with extremely high radiation readings, and still call it an experiment? Do you want to throw away $1.5 million in an experiment? If money is the issue, there is no reason to decontaminate those areas. Others say the same. Stop spending money to clean up areas which are impossible to clean up, but use that money to support us in rebuilding our lives elsewhere. We want the construction of new housing units for the evacuees so that we can all start living in a different place again. You know, in the temporary housing I am in, you can hear your neighbors easily. You have to keep your TV volume as low as possible. I have only two small rooms (each room with 4.5 tatami mats). I don’t have space to chop veggies in my kitchen. I put a cutting board on a bowl in the sink. There is no way I can clean a fish like that.

Older people around me say, I want to die, I want to die. So I respond, there is no use in dying now. You can’t fight this if you die. Nobody will do anything about this once you die. You can’t sue anyone, if you are dead. There will be no chance of happiness for you. Just today, I got a phone call from another one who shared the desire to die as a reaction to these same stresses.

The $1.5 million can be used for new housing or restitution payments, rather than being wasted on experimenting with decontamination in our home town. For instance, I own a total of about 8 acres of land, with three houses. The compensation paid to us was $7,000 for each house, including the land. What can you rebuild with $7,000? We need higher reimbursements. If there are new housing units made available for the evacuees, there is no need to go back to our home town. Then we can work and pay taxes again. It’s better for the government’s coffers. It would make much more sense economically, if you are talking economics. Stop wasting tax money. Almost every evacuee from my town agrees on this. There’s no need to decontaminate the places with the highest readings in the evacuation zone, but focus on the places where the people actually live. We do realize it is just moving radioactive waste from one location to another. We are not actually eliminating it.

You say repeatedly that it costs so much, but who started the whole thing anyway? Who promoted the nuclear power plants? We didn’t want them as far as I understand

it is totally ridiculous! We are the victims. Do they forget that?

I did not move in Okuma because of Fukushima Daiichi. We moved there to farm.

Please do not waste any more money trying to clean up the most contaminated areas. Take care of the areas where the people are. I cannot impress this upon you enough.

Help those parents who want to send their kids to retreat camps and programs to get away from radiation.

For parents to have, raise and nurture children. Isn’t that what serves the country? Nobody wants a society where we can’t have children and raise them safely. That would take our hope away. That would make our people want to die.”

(Transcription by Masa, Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation/ English translation by WNSCR team)