Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fukushima Exclusion Zone to be Lifted by 2022 to Protect Reputation of Local Products

Sometimes when I read the news I can barely believe what I'm reading. Today was one of those times. Abe says the ban on Fukushima's worst affected areas - exclusion zones - will be lifted in 2022 in order to protect the "reputation of local products":
NORIYOSHI OTSUKI. Ban to be lifted on Fukushima’s worst-affected zone in 2022. The Asahi Shimbun, September 1, 2016

....The government's decision to lift the partial ban on repatriation to the “difficult-to-return zone” [by 2922] was announced Aug. 31 after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a joint meeting of the government's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters and Reconstruction Promotion Council.

...The difficult-to-return zone encompasses seven municipalities situated in a 20-kilometer radius of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as well as a spur of land northwest of the radius.

Partial lifting of the ban, in the eyes of the government, is reasonable as “radiation levels in the zone have dropped” even though no decommissioning work has been done there.

The government said the move is aimed at bolstering efforts to rebuild the prefecture, adding that leaving the zone intact would only perpetuate negative images of the area and sully the reputation of local products.

Unbelievable! Would you want to live in an area contaminated with dangerous radionuclides and in close proximity to a broken down and steaming nuclear power plant?