Fukushima News Roundup; January 5, 2013

Masami Yoshizawa is fighting to keep his cattle. He lives in the evacuation zone, defying the government order. Now the government wants to kill his herd. Mr. Yoshizawa wants his cattle to be available to scientists for study as they have begun to develop unexplained problems.

English language teachers in Fukushima prefecture have created a calendar. They wanted the world to see how beautiful the area’s land and culture are as so much attention has been paid to the disaster area.

Workers at Fukushima Daiichi tell Asahi Shimbun about the shoddy work that went into the radioactive water tank farms. Systemic construction that cut corners are now the cause of high level radiation leaks. Some of this tank water has made it out to sea.

The agency in Japan in charge of responding to the Fukushima nuclear disaster is setting up an advisory panel towards efforts to rebuild the local economies of the areas impacted by the nuclear disaster. Oddly enough, his plan for economic recovery for these communities involves the evacuees being involved in the economy of the response and decommissioning at the plant.

Fukushima Dairy has some wise words regarding the rash of Fukushima hoaxes coming out of the US in recent weeks. He also brings the perspective of those actually directly impacted by the disaster. These scandal stories do a great disservice to those in Japan dealing with the reality of this disaster first hand.

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