For months the government has downplayed the disaster in Fukushima telling evacuated residents they could “go home very soon” and other platitudes causing people to hold out hope of going home. People put their lives on hold as the government slowly went from a stance of very temporary evacuation to a plan of decontaminating everything to one where admissions are finally coming that some may not be able to go home for decades, possibly generations. As local governments and individuals scramble to decontaminate there is no clear policy for the process and no one is talking about the potential for re-contamination.
The voluntary evacuation zones have caused even more stress and confusion as voluntary evacuations receive no government help and hot spot evacuations leave neighbors living next to empty homes they know are considerably radioactive. It does appear now that those with the means to do so have taken things into their own hands and just left for somewhere safer. Over the past five months while information was delayed or downplayed children in the region were continually exposed to radiation. Five months after the disaster started parents were informed of children’s radiation screening results done in March.
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