Feb 2013

Guardian: Fukushima families on edge of meltdown — “Nobody trusts the government any more” — Officials “afraid of triggering an exodus”

After Fukushima: families on the edge of meltdown […]

‘Each anniversary we will be thinking, “Is this the year one of our daughters will get sick?”’ Kenji and Aiko Nomura with Sakura, 3, and 15-month-old Koto. […]

In the aftermath, radiation levels in Koriyama spiked at 30 to 40 times higher than legal limits, contaminating the city with caesium and other long-life radionuclides for decades to come. […]

“Nobody trusts the government any more,” says [restaurant’s owner Katsuko] Arima. She cites recent cases of official incompetence when supplies of beef, rice and vegetables declared safe by the authorities were found to be heavily contaminated. “You can only trust yourself.”

Aiko and Kenji Nomura agree. […]

The government decreed that the radiation risk to health was “minimal” beyond a 30km radius around the plant and has provided no support to help people leave independently. Kenji says it is afraid of triggering an exodus that would impoverish the disaster-hit region even more. […]


Cited: http://enenews.com/guardian-fukushima-families-on-edge-of-meltdown-nobody-trusts-the-government-any-more-officials-afraid-of-triggering-an-exodus