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As evacuation designated areas shrink, so are options for evacuees

IN LIMBO Since the start of the catastrophe in Fukushima on March 2011, areas designated for evacuation due to radiation levels have been redrawn on maps countless time, with a complete disregard for the safety, (physical and mental) of its residents. The ongoing contamination keeps on spreading, regardless of little circles or “invisible frontiers” being … Continue reading

Namie 浪江町 – Point of No Return

From a weekly protest gathering outside the Prime Minister’s official residence. On April 12, 2013.  English transcript Good evening, everyone. I used to live 1.2 km from Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP. I evacuated with only the clothes on my back. Currently I am staying in Minato Ward. On the 6th day of last month, I went … Continue reading

ふくしま集団疎開裁判 Sendai High Court rejects Evacuation demand

Japan court rejects demand to evacuate children while acknowledging radiation risks on health On April 24th, 2013, the Sendai High Court 2nd Civil Affairs ruled to reject an appeal of 14 children at elementary schools and junior-high schools in Koriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture. They filed a lawsuit (internationally known as the Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial … Continue reading

Fukushima Municipality Heads Concerned Over Lifting of Evacuation Advisory

Fukushima, Sept 25th –   Heads of five municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture affected by the ongoing nuclear crisis have aired concerns over the government’s plan to lift its evacuation advisory in the event of an emergency, saying not enough has been done to ensure the safety of residents. In recent interviews with Kyodo News, the chiefs … Continue reading

Minami Soma Evacues Weigh Risks to Return

Minamisoma wants to halve its current radiation levels by the end of this month and reopen 12 schools by mid-October. Ten construction companies have been commissioned to lift 5 cm of soil from the top of playgrounds, then bury that soil roughly 1 meter below the playgrounds inside a protective bubble made partly of rubber. … Continue reading

Young Mothers Fear Radiation Find New Home in Okinawa

Okinawa, Japan’s southern-most prefecture, is a popular destination among nuclear refugees because of the great distance from Fukushima. The generous relocation program offered by the local government to assist people displaced by the earthquake and the nuclear accident has also had its pull: Over 430 residents from the officially designated disaster areas have moved to … Continue reading

Pregnant Mothers Going Back to Minami Soma

NHK’s program “Close-up Gendai” aired the episode on August 31 (which you can view at the program’s site here) about a 72-year-old obstetrician and over 50 pregnant mothers coming back to Minami Soma City to give birth. The reason for coming back to their homes in Minami Soma City, even if the radiation level remains … Continue reading

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