October 12, 2011 9:23 PM Subscribe
It's raining radiation. It's a quiet night. We are well into autumn. And despite the growing sense in the Tokyo metropolitan area that things are now all right -- with train services back to pre-disaster schedules and the regret we once felt over our wasteful consumption of electricity dissipating -- Fukushima remains a war zone.It was reported on Oct. 7 that the Watari district of Fukushima City was not designated by the government as a "specific evacuation recommendation spot."
Once a week, the couple, who run a cafe in the district, put on long-sleeved work clothes and 3M-Sumitomo dust masks to scan their property for high levels of radiation, using a U.S.-made Geiger counter and a Chinese-made radiation dosimeter.
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The Tanjis often find high radiation levels under the gutters, and scrape off any accumulated dirt and dust. They climb onto the roof, which they sweep with a broom, and remove the trash and leaves that have collected in the gutters. They also diligently trim the greenery in their yard that prior to the nuclear disaster, they'd allowed to grow freely.
I'd worked in Fukushima in the past, which was when I came into contact with the Tanjis. But that was already 17 years ago, and it was only through the newly released book, "Chronicle Fukushima," that I learned about what happened to them after the triple disasters of March 11.
Also appearing in the book is award-winning poet and Fukushima resident Ryoichi Wago, 43, whose Tweet: "It's raining radiation. It's a quiet night," (放射能が降っています。静かな夜です。) received a massive response.
According to Aileen Mioko Smith
of Green Action Japan 75% of Fukushima’s 300,000 children are going to schools that are so contaminated they would be radiation control areas in nuclear plants
where individuals under 18 are not legally allowed. The Japanese government won’t evacuate people unless radiation levels are four times what triggered evacuation in Chernobyl. [KokuRyu: I can't find a source for this]
Smith, who at one time was married to Eugene W. Smith, the American photographer who exposed industrial dumping as the culprit behind Minamata disease, has addressed the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the United Nations Human Rights Commission about the problem.
Stunning also is the tongue of light green extending from the Miyagi border to the border of Tochigi
, engulfing the major cities of Fukushima and Koriyama -- the prefecture's agricultural and industrial corridor.
Sankei Shimbun confirmed there was an hydrogen explosion with 63% concentration in August
- which may explain the plutonium and strontium detected in Tokyo and Yokohama
, and also the cesium peak in all Kanto
and eastern Japan.
So far, the government decontamination plans cover 8 prefectures