Struggles For Information & Justice Continue In Japan Over Fukushima

Hyogo prefecture has been stalling the release of a nuclear crisis study’s data. A freedom of information act request mandated the release of the information to the public but the government has stalled doing this leading some to believe they are hiding the extent of the risk to the public from nearby nuclear plants.

If you thought TEPCO was treating the residents of Fukushima horribly, the treatment of their own employees has been even worse. In government mediated efforts to get residents compensation for their losses from the disaster TEPCO has singled out their own employees to refuse all negotiations with them for their losses.

Asahi Shimbun discovered that the Prime Minister’s cabinet office withheld critical radiation data for six months and only released it two weeks after the area in question was reopened to residents. The findings indicated that 27 of the 43 sites had air dose radiation levels over the declared safe limit. 24 of those locations had individual exposure doses over the safe limt.  Individual doses were claimed to be lower than air dose rates but that obviously was not the case. Government statements in response to the finding seem to say they were going to reopen the town no matter what.

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