People in Fukushima Are Angry

July 27, 2011 Juju Kurihara 0 Comments

2011_0719in_fuk0015I know it´s been more than four months since a huge earthquake attacked Japan which became the cause of all these catastrophes happening in the country. There are many people trying to help and support in many ways possible, not only Japanese people but also foreigners who adore and care about this pack of long islands in the far east.

Honestly, we are tired, tired of being threatened, of being worried about the water to drink and veggies to buy or even of hearing the news about radiation and Fukushima. It just feels endless.

But mind you, no one can imagine how people in Fukushima really feel. They are angry with not being informed and not being solved the problems.

This is the video of a meeting which people in Fukushima had with government officals from Tokyo on the 19th of July 2011, to demand that the government evacuate people promptly in Fukushima and provide financial and logistical support for them.


bossThe more impressive thing is the attitude of officials from Tokyo than the angry people in Fukushima. People were still asking questions but the officials cut it off, stood up and all left the room, without taking the document from the participants which was the list of signatures and some urine samples of the kids in Fukushima.

Expressionless faces, the empty look and the same answer repeated as if it was a tape recorder. It reminded me an article I´ve read somewhere about Tokyo War Crimes Trial, that the most difficult process was to find the responsible. The most common comments were "It´s different from our acknowledgement" and "it´s not our section´s control". No one seems to be responsible and they are always the order from above but not personal. 

If you remember the article of zaitaku series we published earlier, you can sort of see what is happening there. The mission of the officials was probably to show up in front of the angry residents in Fukushima and answer what they had been told to say. If the question is outside of the script, they won´t answer. Just like robots. 

It´s very easy way to work if you are inside that system but it´s really frustrating if you want to discuss with them, because you can´t expect to be treated as a human, just like a man said to one of the officials, "please, treat us like human being". It´s painful to see this.

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The continuous problems with Fukushima Daiichi and the Japanese government shows a lot about Japanese society structure and the system. 

Only we want to know is to where we can complain and from whom we can get the answer.  Why does it have to be so difficult?

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