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
- Gov’t kept child radiation survey secret — Thyroid glands of Iwaki kids exposed to doses up to 35 millisieverts in March alone — Headquarters didn’t want to alarm families February 22, 2012
- Fukushima Newspaper Editor: We don’t report on health risks from radiation — People might worry October 5, 2012
- Gov’t Report: Urgent that effects of radiation on human health be reduced — Experts need to investigate residents with ‘negative health effects’ — ‘Fallout is worrying people not only in Japan but also around the world’ May 29, 2012
- Mayor: “We are definitely suffering from radiation exposure in our bodies” and want health care — Just 2% of Fukushima residents have had radiation testing by gov’t May 25, 2012
- Yomiuri: Average pre-school child in Koriyama had external radiation dose of 110 µSv during Nov. — 60km from Fukushima plant — Won’t immediately affect health says gov’t — Internal not included — No data from Mar. to Oct. January 6, 2012