Japan’s Radiation Woes Far From Over
Sometimes things drop out of the mainstream news, as interest and concern wain. And yet the problem continues with little attention focused on it. That is exactly what is happening with the problems stemming from the nuclear accident in Fukushima,Japan following the March 11,2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The Japanese government recently admitted that 300 tons of highly radioactive water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the site every day. That means a total of 270,000 tons of radioactive water has flowed into the Pacific over the past 2 1/2 years, and is still continuing to flow unabated.
Japan’s closest neighbors, South Korea and China are hardly thrilled by the revelation. Here is an excerpt from an editorial in the Korean Times:
“It defies understanding how Japan has hid this regional, if not global, issue of environmental concern from its neighbors.”
Let’s hope the Japanese government shows more openness in the future in revealing just what is happening in Fukushima. The crisis in Fukushima is an ongoing one, and people both within and outside of Japan have a right to know the truth of what is happening there.
The Japanese have a proverb, “If something stinks, put a lid over it.” This may work in avoiding some disagreeable topics of conversation, but the same approach in regards to a problem of this magnitude is unacceptable. Also by sharing the true scope of the problem, Japan can seek the advice of the world’s experts to try and stem what is becoming a huge environmental disaster