Former mayor: I have to speak the truth

Futaba is three kilometers from Fukushima Dai-chi.

Former Mayor Katsutaka Idogawa evacuated Futaba residents immediately after the disaster and refused to authorize their return when pressured by Japanese authorities.

http://img.rt.com/files/episode/25/88/c0/00/sf2104_480p.mp4?event=download Interview with Katsutaka Idogawa

Excerpts:

“Exposing people to the current levels of radiation in Fukushima is a violation of human rights.”

“Fukushima Prefecture has launched the Come Home campaign. In many cases, evacuees are forced to return. Here is a map of Fukushima Prefecture, with areas hit by radiation highlighted in yellow, and you can see that the color covers almost the entire map. Air contamination decreased a little, but soil contamination remains the same. And there are still about two million people living in the prefecture, who have all sorts of medical issues. The authorities claim this has nothing to do with the fallout. I demanded that the authorities substantiate their claim in writing but they ignored my request. There are some terrible things going on in Fukushima.”

“We must protect our children. I talked to local authorities in different places in Fukushima, but no one would listen to me. They believe what the government says, while in reality the radiation is still there. This is killing children.”

“Officially, both the central government and the prefecture authorities say there is no radiation. They’re not doing anything, and they’re not going to do anything. They say Fukushima Prefecture is safe, and that’s why nobody’s working to evacuate children, move them elsewhere. We’re not even allowed to discuss this.”

Transcript: http://rt.com/shows/sophieco/fukushima-disaster-radiation-children-740/

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