Ten years after the earthquake, Fukushima people are still worried about the prospects

Affected by the nuclear leakage accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Fukushima Prefecture was still shrouded in shadow ten years after the “March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake”. There are a large number of employees working in the nuclear power plant, but the nearby “returning difficulties” such as Fukushima Futaba Town and Okuma Town are off the beaten track, and only construction vehicles run in it. The real-time radiation data displayed on the electronic notice board along the highway highlights the uniqueness of this area.

According to Japan’s Fuji News Network (FNN) on the 11th, during the epidemic, there were still about 4,000 people working in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant every day, but even if it was open all year round, it would take 40 years to dismantle the waste furnace. Inside the nuclear power plant, people in work clothes can move around 96% of the area, and the remaining 4% are still restricted areas.

Yuji Watanabe, an operator of the waste furnace at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, said that ten years is just a passing point, and the waste furnace operation will continue in the future. He will work hard for the future of Fukushima. Another operator, Noguchi Tetsumasa, said that ten years have passed and he hopes to contribute to local revival through waste furnace operations.

Although the staff of the Fukushima nuclear power plant showed a positive side, Japan’s TBS TV station bluntly pointed out on the 11th that the disaster area is moving in the direction of recovery. the way.

According to the British “Guardian” report on the 10th, a United Nations report showed that the radiation caused by the Fukushima nuclear leak ten years ago will not endanger the health of local people. Hilles, chairman of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, said that Fukushima residents have no records of poor health that can be directly attributed to nuclear radiation. The committee also stated that the latest results support a research report published by the World Health Organization in 2013 that this disaster will not cause a significant increase in the incidence of cancer in the region. The radiation distribution map previously published by the Japan Atomic Energy Regulatory Commission also shows that compared with November 2011, as of October 2020, the overall radiation dose within an 80-kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has been reduced by 80%.

However, even so, the Japanese people’s fear of nuclear radiation has never disappeared. In the past two weeks on March 11, radioactive substances were detected in Tokyo’s tap water. Ten years later, the Fukushima fishermen who depend on the sea for food are still suffering. According to a report on the website of Japan’s “Toyo Economic Weekly” on the 10th, no matter how polluted water is treated, there will be residual radioactive substances. Fishermen are increasingly concerned about polluted water and treated water. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan is still discussing discharging sewage into the ocean. As a result, the fish caught by fishermen can no longer be sold. According to the report, some local fishermen said, “The rich sea has been taken away for ten years, and nothing has changed now. Fishermen are forced to land, so they talk about “rejuvenation”.

Parents who raise children in Fukushima are even more worried all day long. Fukushima Central Television reported on the 11th that radioactive materials are “invisible and intangible”, water, food, places to play… Children are exposed to radiation every day, and local pregnant women often worry about the health of their fetuses in their abdomen.

On the 10th anniversary of the “March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake”, the people of Fukushima spontaneously organized a mourning event, and many people faced the sea in silent mourning (pictured). In Tokyo, Japan and other disaster-stricken areas, people also held memorial ceremonies one after another, in silence at 2:46 pm when the earthquake occurred. At the National Theater in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, the emperor and his wife attended the memorial ceremony for the first time after they ascended the throne. The emperor stated that “the important thing is to stay close to the people in the disaster-affected area”. In fact, for many people in Fukushima, survivors have lived in pain every day for the past ten years.

According to a report by the Japan Broadcasting Association Television on the 11th, Yuko Tachibana, a high school teacher in Date City, Fukushima Prefecture, was living in her hometown in Minamisoma City. The disaster took away four of her relatives, two of whom have had the remains of the Can find it. Tachibana picked up a palm-sized piece of wood on the beach near his home and used it as the bones of the two to pay tribute to the deceased. Tangneri puts her hands together every day to pray for the departed relatives. She said that ten years is a time point, but the pain in her heart is like losing half of her body, and it is still here today.

After the “March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake” occurred, the Chinese government immediately provided emergency relief supplies and dispatched rescue forces. On the 11th, the Japanese Embassy in China held an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Japanese Ambassador to China Toruhide expressed his gratitude to China for its assistance in his speech. Although the international community has provided various levels of assistance to Japan, many problems in the disaster area are still deeply rooted in Japanese society. According to reports, there were at least 22,200 dead and missing in the “March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake”. Statistics show that the number of “earthquake-related deaths” who died due to deterioration in their physical conditions during the evacuation period was at least 3775 as of the 9th.

According to the report, the residential environment has improved to a certain extent in the past ten years. The 110,000 people who once lived in temporary housing have all moved out, and those who have lost their homes can also live in “disaster public housing.” But even so, as of February, with Fukushima Prefecture as the center, more than 40,000 people across the country are still homeless and living a life of displacement.

According to the report, some progress has been made in the “visible” revival of rebuilding houses and streets, but a series of remaining problems such as loneliness and death also breed in new residential areas. Many people do not think that it will take ten years to get rid of the damage caused by this natural disaster. How to carry out economic activities and reshape the relationship between people is a leftover issue that needs to be solved urgently.