The one year remembrance day of the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima disaster is approaching, and many stories involving the government continue to disappoint.
Despite reports (rumors? since I can’t find any actual reports) of increasing levels of radiation in the Tokyo area, government is turning its back on health care for the youth. It’s a disturbing story for many reasons, but one in a long line of reactions of the past 11 months that makes me consider Reaction to Fukushima as a fourth disaster in Japan, that continues today.
Closer to home, Kyoto debates the presence of nuclear power plants nearby. Who knows if this is just a convenient thing to debate about for the mayoral election in a few days, or if people are actually concerned. From what I recall, the Fukui plant was shut down last year because it was deemed unsafe, but will start up again soon. TEPCO doesn’t own this one; a company called KEPCO does…so maybe its run completely different. I hope so, because if anything happens to this one, they’ll be no drinking water for a lot of people for a very long time.