Title: Fukushima Daiichi: A Chronological Account of the Disaster
Event: Helen Caldicott Foundation Symposium: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Co-Sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility
Videographed & Edited by: Intertelemedia, Inc
Translated by: Kazko Kawai, Voices for Lively Spring
Subtitled by: East River Films Inc
Date: March 11, 2013
At 8:00 in
Hiroaki Koide, Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, Assistant Professor at the Kyoto University Research Institute, Nuclear Waste Management & Safety Expert:
The Tohoku and Kanto Regions of Japan were extremely contaminated with radiation. [...]
If the laws of Japan were strictly observed, areas with soil contaminated over 40,000 Bq per sq. meter would be designated as radiation controlled areas.
However, the contamination areas was as large as 20,000 sq. km (7,700 sq. miles), which meant a vast zone in the Tohoku and Kanto Regions would have to be evacuated.
Faced with such a reality, the Japanese government decided it would never be able to help the people in these contaminated areas, and that the people would be abandoned and left there.
As of today, about 10 million people have been left in areas that should have been designated radiation controlled areas, and they are exposed to continual radiation every day.
Published: March 13th, 2013 at 10:42 am ET