Title: Japanese Blogger’s Troubling Insight into the Psyche of Post-Disaster Fukushima Residents
Author: Philip Kendall
Date: Mar. 1, 2013
In just 10 days’ time, two years will have passed since the magnitude-9.03 earthquake [...]
According to one former Fukushima resident, however, there is something very much amiss in the prefecture. [...]
In an article published by influential social commentary website Blogos, Satoshi Nakajima, a computer engineer whose credentials include having worked for Japan’s own NTT Communications and being the chief architect on Microsoft’s Windows 95 and 98 operating systems, recently discussed the state of things in Fukushima Prefecture two years after the disaster. [...]
In his article, Nakajima likens the situation that of an almost totalitarian state, wherein one either adheres to the commonly held belief set or is seen as a potential threat [...]
Excerpts from Nakajima’s message translated in the RocketNews24 report:
- Despite evacuating Fukushima in the summer and coming to live in Yamagata Prefecture, I make occasional trips back to the area. [...] From doctors and hospital staff to schools and city officials, the message being repeated over and over is that Fukushima is safe, so much so that I have come to feel that, if I didn’t go along with it and join in this way of thinking, then I would simply not be welcome there.
- People have begun saying ‘For the sake of my child’s health, I’m not going to think about radiation any more.’
- The government has created an environment wherein people are going about their daily lives, all the time wondering whether their child will develop cancer or leukemia, yet conditioned not to breathe a word about it. It’s like living in wartime Japan again.
- We cannot put our faith in a government that is telling us ‘there is no immediate harm,’ when, prior to the accident, entry into areas with the same amount of radiation would have been prohibited.
Published: March 1st, 2013 at 4:43 pm ET