It is hard to imagine it has been half of a year since the crisis in Japan took place. For those dealing with it every day in every aspect of their lives that is likely less so.
Many have taken advantage of a relocation plan to move to Okinawa. Fears for their children’s health and frustrations with trying to find safe food, Okinawa has provided a respite.
Worried parents in Fukushima take their children to a local hospital to have whole body and thyroid radiation scans.
Tea normally used for a longevity ceremony honoring those residents who have achieved 88 years of age was pulled as it was discovered to have radiation. The food system and lack of a trustworthy system for safe food has caused problems all over Japan.
Contaminated soil and food have become a major problem
The population of Tokyo is decreasing. Even with evacuees from Tohoku region and a typical increase due to new jobs and university enrollment was not enough to undo the numbers fleeing Tokyo for somewhere safer. Some businesses have also opted to relocate.
Iodine 131 is again showing up in sewer sludge, indicating some recriticality in the fuel at the plant.
TEPCO still struggles with the contaminated water at the plant.
TEPCO says they will start clearing debris off the top of units 3 and 4 this month.
TEPCO has time to release a 565 page document nobody asked for to refute scientific theories on unit 3’s melt through. If only they put that effort into something more useful, like making sure workers have adequate contracts, pay and benefits.
Radiation levels are still a major problem in the region.
Significant radiation is now known to have spread north and west to other prefectures, making this more than a Fukushima problem.
Many are still trying to find temporary housing, six months later.
Many cities are seeing the people who were still there are now leaving. Lack of businesses and services have added to the reasons why people leave. Without the taxes coming in from businesses the local governments can’t do much to rebuild in areas not heavily contaminated.
It has become clear that the Fukushima Daiichi disaster has had a major impact on any rebuilding efforts after the Tsunami.
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