Forum with Michael Krasny on KQED, Mar. 10, 2014 — Kenji Kushida, Stanford University (at 43:00 in): This crisis doesn’t stop, it keeps on going, there’s no easy solution in sight. […] This current situation is basically unprecedented.
Message from Arao Shunsuke, Fukushima resident, Mar. 10, 2014: [...] Fukushima Daiichi is nowhere near under control, there are still massive problems [...] we must be prepared for a long term battle which will go beyond the present generation. [...] in Nakadori and other places in Fukushima, a million people are being forced to live exposed [...] Many citizens of Fukushima mutter “we are guinea pigs.” [...] Meanwhile TEPCO has not taken any responsibility for spreading radiation not just throughout Fukushima, but throughout the world. [...] From the point of view of disposal of the radioactive waste also, people are realizing that we are nearing the point of collapse. [...] We are continuing our journey on this small but beautiful planet, through the limitless universe. All of us must join our strength so that this delicate vehicle, which we are riding, which we have borrowed from our children and grandchildren, can be protected and handed over to them intact.
‘Nuclear Hotseat’ hosted by Libbe HaLevy, Mar. 10, 2014 (at 49:30 in) — Taro Yamamoto, celebrity and lawmaker elected in 2013 to represent the Tokyo district in Japan’s Upper House: “Idiotic ideas — like restarting the nuclear plants — are being considered here in Japan. It really boils down to exposure to radiation. Why is nuclear dangerous? Because it exposes people to radiation […] in Japan you can talk about nuclear energy, but the subject off radiation is taboo. You almost never here the subject discussed on TV or the mass media. In various places the true situation about radiation exposure is being hidden. If Japanese people can’t face up to this problem then this country will be ruined. It will take the rest of the world down with it. […] I think it is wrong that people’s lives are being sacrificed because of money and the company profits. […] 99.99% of the people are being sacrificed.”
Published: March 12th, 2014 at 7:19 am ET