Japanese town protests against Prime Minister Abe’s assertions
Namie is a small town in Fukushima prefecture. After the Dai-Ichi Nuclear Plant suffered meltdowns in 3 of its reactors, the entire town of 21,000 people were forced to evacuate. Half the town sits within the mandatory 20 km evacuation zone which surrounds the crippled nuclear plant.
After Prime Minister Abe toured the plant and stated the contaminated water is perfectly blocked by the plant’s artificial bay, the town’s council decided to protest Abe’s statements. The council unanimously adopted a resolution stating Abe’s remarks conflicted with facts on the ground and that the 300 tons of contaminated water leaking from the plant daily was a “serious problem”. The statement also said radioactive water is “far from being controlled or blocked completely.” The statement went on to voice its anger saying, “Members of the town cannot help feeling furious at the government and TEPCO which neglected Fukushima,”
It would appear that people living in the area, whose lives are more directly affected by the situation at the plant hold a much different point of view from Abe’s. As stated previously in this blog, the member of Japan’s upper house who represents Fukushima Prefecture in the country’s Diet, Teruhiko Mashiko, went so far as to say Abe lied in his presentation to the Olympic committee. I have yet to see any evidence that contradicts Mr.Mashiko’s statement.