Title: Kids’ safety key worry in Fukushima
Source: The Japan Times
Author: By NATSUKO FUKUE
Date: Aug. 3, 2012
A year and half after the start of the nuclear crisis, many who attended the government’s latest public hearing on energy policy in Fukushima on Wednesday still expressed concern about the impact of radiation on their children.
“I’m really terrified,” said a city resident who gave only her last name, Hanazawa. “I have two daughters. I wonder if it’s a good idea to let them lead a life, give birth and stay here.”
A 50-year-old woman living in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, told The Japan Times after the public hearing that she fears young people will be harmed by the radiation, and that discrimination against Fukushima residents will continue. [...] “I just hope my son will stay healthy,” she said in tears.
A father of two university students in the city of Fukushima and one of the 30 speakers at the hearing also expressed misgivings.
“I’m deeply concerned about whether it is OK for my children to marry and raise their kids in Fukushima,” the man, who only gave his surname, Nogi, said. “Young people (in Fukushima) have to feel anxious and fearful at such joyful moments in life. Can we accept society and politics that are causing this situation? It’s time for us to think seriously about this.”
Published: August 4th, 2012 at 4:07 pm ET