Originally posted by PresumedInnocent
reply to post by ThousandIslandSunny
Thank you for answering my earlyer questions. I have a few more, a bit off topic but related to the action/inaction of the Japanese gov't.. This
relates not just to the nuclear refugees, but the thousands left destitute by the tsunami. Are there rebuilding programs, what are the plans for
future construction in not just the radiation affected areas but the flood damaged parts. Then there is the question of the sections of land on the
coast that seem to be permanently underwater. Lastly, what now is the death toll, and the numbers of missing persons. Good luck, and keep doing
what you think is right to protect your family.
With regards to the tsunami victims - there are temporary pre-fab homes being put up as quickly as possible. Names are put into a lottery to get one
of these units. What has to be remembered here is that the entire infrastructure, sewage, water, gas, electric lines, everything is gone or ruined. So
these units had to be hooked up and the infrastructure put into place. This building, from what we see on the news pictures, is happening very very
quickly, but there are a lot of people to house. The units, for what its worth, actually look quite nice, and definately liveable. A certain global
furniture company has kitted them out with essential goods and the red cross has put applicances in. They ARE making a huge effort, but it is not
going to be quick.
The debris has to be cleared before rebuilding can start in earnest. This IS being done, but the scale of the task is massive. The government and
private citizens are putting a lot into clearing up and sorting out things there, I can at least say that for them. There are people still in
shelters, and there will be for some time. It WILL be rebuilt. Kan is trying to get his bill through to fund post quake and tsunami reconstruction,
but this is not being eased through as easily as it could be. Personally I think Japan needs to accept the help of other countries to clear the debris
and start putting infrastructure back up. Get some teams in from abroad.
There is some debate whether or not to rebuild in areas which are most vulnerable to future tsunami. Some residents have lived in these areas their
whole lives and want to go back. Obviously the argument is do not rebuild where the tsunami wiped out, as it could happen again.
There are sections of land which are now waterlogged - Chiba is previously very expensive land which has this problem. Subsidence is a huge problem,
many houses are going to have to be pulled down. We know people whose house survived, but the drains do not drain water, they are using a chemical
toilet in the garden, and the house has to be pulled down because of liquifaction. Those people are going to pull the house down as has been
advised...and rebuild it in the same place. Crazy, in my opinion. Other areas which were near the sea are now being flooded at high tide, fish
getting washed up on doorsteps. Clearly these areas are not liveable. I have not heard of anything being done to move these people.
Death toll? Pretty common knowledge that off the top of my head just over 10,000 people are still missing with about 16 thousand confirmed dead, I
As far as protecting my family, not much choice in staying here. Leaving would mean destroying my marriage, being homeless and penniless with children
to provide for. I have nowhere to go, and no means to support myself if I do go, that is even if I had the air fare, or we could get visas for
children. I would LOVE to leave, but I cant without the support of the old man. If he took the risk, we could leave, and not be homeless, nor
penniless, but we would have to give up his career here, and it would bring us to breaking point financially, even if the whole family could get visas
to go somewhere else, which is not so easy.
If it comes to it, Ill head south with the children, and find work and housing, even this would be very difficult financially for me. Right now there
is not enough evidence that Tokyo is immediately dangerous if proper precautions are taken.
I am very very angry that contaminated food is on the shelves and Ibaraki are allowed to harvest seaweed which will be a sponge for iodine 131. Im
very angry that I have to spend hours checking where the food is from. Any food from Fukushima, chiba, Ibaraki, Tokyo needs to be destroyed, or at
least have the levels of contaminants on it in a very big clear label. Im very angry that schools are forcing kids to sit in contaminated schools, but
happy enough to homeschool as I will not let my kids sit in that. I also do not trust teachers to save my kids if a big quake hits, they certianly
didnt save kids in Sendai. Those that survived in schools were down to pure luck.
The government are not giving out earthquake hoods to children, nor are they easily obtainable. Whistles and the like should be on sale everywhere. Im
happy to pay, but make this stuff easy to get hold of. I mean in bargin bins in supermarkets, or the local ward office. The fact the government is
pushing Fukushima produce is disgusting - they are doing the hard sell on tv and diplomatically. That said Kan, Edano, and even old Ishihara could be
a lot worse than they are.
Lastly, Im happy to answer questions, but please will you confirm you are not a journalist? Thanks.
edit on 27-5-2011 by ThousandIslandSunny
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