Several weeks ago, our friend and colleague, Dr. Norma Field, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, published one of the best overviews any of us at Fairewinds has read about the impact of the meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi atomic power reactors upon the people and culture of Japan. Published on June 25, 2020, by The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, the article entitled – This Will Still Be True Tomorrow: “Fukushima Ain’t Got the Time for Olympic Games”: Two Texts on Nuclear Disaster and Pandemic is a must-read worldwide. Atomic power plants and nuclear power waste dumps are located all over the world. When one adds in the burden of nuclear test labs, uranium mining, and the manufacturing of atomic power fuel and nuclear weapons, the ecological weight of the radioactive legacy we all live with is overwhelming. In the aftermath of Fukushima Dai-ichi, Dr. Field has written a well-researched and documented analysis of what is happening today to its victims. Tokyo Electric Company (TEPCO), the owner of the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors, and the government of Japan have forged ahead with decisions that have compromised the health, livelihood, and futures of victims and their families and their subsequent children – for generations. The government of Japan, in its allegiance to nuclear power and the international military/industrial complex, has failed miserably in its commitment to its citizens and severely impacted the health and welfare of generations to come with its contaminated land, air, water, and food.
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