B. McPherson: Fukushima Prefecture marks its third anniversary of its wreck on March 11. For the victims of the tsunami and nuclear disaster this is a sad occasion. Thousands of people were affected by the horrendous tsunami that roared over the Japanese coast following a massive earthquake. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station was wrecked and is still spewing radioactive materials into the air, soil and water.
The treatment of the people affected by this disaster has been poor and it’s about to get worse. The Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced that 30 000 displaced people will be moved back to the exclusion zone and the reactors restarted within two years.
In spite of heroics by the staff of the crippled reactor complex the effort to clean up the radioactive soil and stop further escape of toxic particles it remains a dangerously polluting sore.
The company responsible for this nuclear power station, Tokyo Electrical Power Company(TEPCO) has lost the confidence of much of the Japanese population as well as the rest of the world population. Rumours of Yakuza involvement and kickbacks for recruiting street people to work on the clean up have surfaced from time to time.
"We just don't have the technology to fix it. It currently doesn't exist. We just can't deal with the melted fuel." ABC News
Yet, starting next month 30 000 nuclear refugees will start to be moved back to the “no-go” zone.
The Japanese PM has stated that he wishes to see the country’s other 48 nuclear reactors turned back on by mid-year and the Fukushima plant operational within two years.
If you look at a map of the location of those atomic power plants, you can see they are located along the coast line. It wasn’t the earthquake that wrecked the Fukushima plant. It only softened it up for the tsunami. Japan is in one of the most earthquake/tsunami prone areas of the world.
Former high ranking politicians have disagreed with Shinzo Abe. Perhaps he might like to move his children and grandchildren to the “no-go” zone for a couple of years to show everyone that it is safe.