Fukushima Evacuees Denied Housing, Pushed Back To The Zone

Mainichi has an in depth look at the evolving problems for evacuees. While the government has claimed it would treat all evacuees fairly, the actions behind the scenes show they never intended to do so.

The government collected surveys from evacuees to estimate how many people needed public housing in order to build enough units. Mainichi’s investigation and leaked documents show the government only allowed those from “difficult to return” areas to apply for the public housing. They built the number of units based on this decision. Now anyone from an area that has been reopened or that was a voluntary evacuees has been shut out of the housing availability.

This was the doing of the LDP and Shinzo Abe. When they took power in 2013 they rewrote the current laws dealing with the disaster to bar anyone but long term evacuees from accessing this housing.

The unreleased documents obtained by the Mainichi state explicitly that “under the current system to restrict entry into publically-managed housing to long-term evacuees,” others hoping to keep living in the units after their evacuation orders have been lifted “may not be included.”

The prefectural government feels duped and there is now a drastic housing shortage five years after the disaster. 2016 also includes looming deadlines for people’s evacuee aid to run out.

Yomiuri Shimbun is currently promoting the government plan to use the evacuation zone as a nuclear waste cite as part of “reconstruction”. There is pressure on evacuated communities to accept waste storage and also for communities outside Fukushima to allow radioactive waste to be stored in their communities.


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