Over eight years have passed since the Fukushima nuclear crisis began. In 2017, evacuation orders were lifted from “evacuation order cancellation preparation zones” and “restricted residence zones.” The evacuation orders had applied to about 81,000 residents in eleven municipalities that were evacuated shortly after the accident, and in 2017 they were lifted in about 70% of the areas affected. However, the lifting of evacuation orders does not necessarily mean that evacuees are returning, even now. People who have returned and evacuees still remaining away are both facing a harsh reality with the loss of family bonds, financial difficulties, and a lack of social protections. The Government of Japan is currently promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics as a symbol of successful “reconstruction,” but the real damage and impacts of the nuclear disaster are often concealed. This FoE Japan report looks at the situation facing people affected by the nuclear disaster, provides a compendium of related news stories, and also sheds a light on Japan’s energy policies and citizen-based efforts to move toward a sustainable energy future.
FoE Japan 11th Aug 2019 read more »
An international environment organization has said that Japan plans to discharge radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean in the near future and Korea will fall particularly vulnerable. Greenpeace Korea, the global NGO’s branch in Seoul, reposted on Facebook, Wednesday, a column by its nuclear specialist Shaun Burnie published in The Economist, saying Japan is planning to discharge more than 1 billion liters of contaminated water stored at the Fukushima nuclear plant since the massive earthquake and nuclear disaster of 2011. Burnie wrote in his article that the Japanese government has decided recently to take the “cheapest and fastest” way to dispose wastewater, which is to discharge it into the Pacific Ocean. The scientist added neighboring countries will be exposed to radiation as a result and Korea, in particular, will suffer the most from it.
Korea Times 8th Aug 2019 read more »
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. on Friday projected that the storage tanks for the treated contaminated water at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant would reach full capacity in three years despite plans to expand storage space, complicating the government’s efforts to tackle the build-up. Despite the dwindling storage space, a government committee tasked with deciding what to do with the treated water build-up said at a meeting it would consider sticking with holding the water at the facility for the foreseeable future due to strong objections from residents to discharging it into the sea.
Japan Times 13th Aug 2019 read more »