Fukushima evacuee housing compared to World War II internment camps for Japanese Americans

Published: April 29th, 2013 at 8:18 am ET
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Title: Educator Notes Similarities Between Fukushima Evacuee Housing, WWII Internment Camps
Source: Patch
Author: Makenzie Davis
Date: April 25, 2013

Amy Yamashiro, a data specilist [sic] with the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, applied for the leadership program and was selected to visit Japan for three weeks during March. [...]

The similarity between the temporary housing in Fukushima and the Japanese American internment camps in America during World War II shocked Yamashiro.

Amy Yamashiro

After meeting with the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, and the other dignitaries, I have taken on a personal and heartfelt commitment to continue serving as an international goodwill ambassador between the U.S. and Japan. [...]

The striking visual similarity of the temporary housing of the evacuees and the internment camp experience underscores the common ground that we as Japanese Americans intuitively had with the people of Fukushima such that we could bond with the evacuees at multiple levels from the sudden disruption of life, the relocation experience, living indefinitely in the diaspora, and yearning for what was lost.

See also: Asia-Pacific Journal: Surging suicide rate among Fukushima evacuees -- "Figures have been fabricated to save face... officials press hard for cover-ups" -NGO leader

Published: April 29th, 2013 at 8:18 am ET
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