Kan is scheduled to give a speech in Fukushima on Saturday to give details on the longer term exclusion zone and potential compensation plans for victims. Hints have been thrown around by government sources for over a week that some areas may be very high. They have also stopped just short of admitting some areas may be off limits for generations.
This may be the reality that many have assumed since the early days of the disaster, that there will be a no-go zone similar to around Chernobyl. The Japanese government has denied the real risks and the radiation levels for over five months. In the process they have needlessly exposed a large group of people to radiation. Now hints at long term land loss are being put out. There has been a pattern of “break it to me gently” with the Japanese government. They did this same pattern with the slow admission of the melt downs at the power plant.
These slow admissions only serve to make people suffer in a long slow manner. Many have been living in shelters with the hope of going home. The known reality has been that certain areas will not be habitable again. An election for Kan’s successor is set for August 29th. He has said he will leave by the end of August. What remains to be seen is how honest Kan will be with the people. A full and honest admission by Kan on his way out the door could be critical to forcing the government to deal with the situation. He has nothing to lose at this point.
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