reply to post by beezzer
You can push for the Japanese government to take radioactive contaminated food off shelves. To make it known that it is not ok for kids to receive the
same dose as an American nuclear power worker. Im here, in Tokyo, and to hear that they are removing radioactive dust from school playgrounds, and
that these children are at risk breaks my heart.
There was a news item recently about how Finnish mothers had sent ready made formula and baby food to the devestated areas. In some areas the water is
still tainted with caesium, and radiation has been found in breast milk in Tokyo, Chiba, Fukushima etc. This was very gratefully received. You can
find the addresses for shelters on Amazon.jp. They also send right to the shelters, I think. It is my understanding that Fukushima evacuees are being
treated a lot worse than those in Sendai. A lot of what has been sent to the shelters is not useful at the moment - cold weather clothes when it is
now warmer, things that cannot be stored. Baby milk, some reading material, that kind of thing should be appreciated, if anyone wants to make that
kind of contribution.
Keep pushing for the truth. For it to be made clear what the risks are, what the levels are. Im tired of all the deflection. We all know it is bad, I
think the world deserves to know HOW bad it is. Tepco are verging on the criminal.
Apart from that, I dont think that there is much that can be done from outside of Japan. People need sanitation, housing, and a bit of hope that
things will get better.
Tokyo is fine. A bit bumpy now and again, but more or less ok. The air is at a `new normal` level of radiation, the tap water now has non detectable
levels of radiation. What is going to hurt people is the ingested radiation from tainted foods. I have to trust that veg is from where it says it is
If anyone is up for a vacation, south and north - Kyushu, Osaka, Kyoto and Hokkaido etc are safe, and Im sure any tourism will help a lot. Kyoto is
The shelters are not quite as safe as people think. This week a volunteer woman was stabbed by a refugee man in a shelter. There have been a few
reports of sexual assaults. There are police now in the shelters though. In general things have been amazingly calm. There are just a lot of people
packed in very uncomfortable conditions, with sanitation issues, and who are traumatised. Things are moving, but not very fast. Thing is a lot of
these people do not want to leave these areas, they have no money to set themselves up away from the shelters. They would not get free food like they
are now, their jobs have disappeared. THey are totally dependent on the state. They have nowhere TO go to, and no means to start again. It will get
better, just not quickly.