SOURCE: Radiation in Japan: Those Who Fled Fukushima in Panic Made a “Rational Decision”, Says Government, EX-SKF, October 4, 2011
From Mainichi Shinbun (10/4/2011):
[...] “So are you now telling us we should have evacuated as soon as possible?” “It is only recently that we knew how bad the contamination was.” [...]
“I was worried right from the beginning. But the national government and TEPCO kept saying “It’s alright” and I believed them.” Chikage Sugano, 46-year-old housewife from Fukushima City regrets. [...]
She measured the radiation level of her own home. The children’s room on the second floor measured 0.95 microsievert/hour. It was 20 times as high as the normal (before the accident) outdoor radiation level. She cleaned the house with moistened cloth but the radiation level didn’t go down. She made her daughters wear long-sleeved shirts and masks to go to school. They decided to evacuate before the 2nd semester at school. [...]
[The Ministry of Education's committee on nuclear accident damage arbitration said] “it was rational (or it made sense) to evacuate out of fear” [...]
Read the report here.
Published: October 4th, 2011 at 9:10 am ET