The New York Times discusses more on the decontamination problems in Japan. They point out how many local and foreign companies presented useful decontamination technologies that could be used in Fukushima. Government officials decided to use none of them and instead handed over decontamination work to large construction companies to do the work in an ineffective “low tech” manner. Instead of using the best available technology to try to actually decontaminate the area, they did glorified lawn work contracted with big construction companies.
“Even if a method works overseas, the soil in Japan is different, for example,” said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director at the environment ministry, who is in charge of the Fukushima cleanup. “And if we have foreigners roaming around Fukushima, they might scare the old grandmas and granddads there.”
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