As a few of you may have read previously, in March of this year I headed up to Osaka and the Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic for a Premium iLASIK procedure on my eyes. I’d been up in Tokyo a month previously for a pre-LASIK consultation and they said despite me being on the borderline of […]
Naha City to Accept Radioactive Debris From Fukushima
Well, it seems that my article yesterday about two towns in Okinawa (Onna Village and Nago City) accepting radioactive debris from Fukushima was not the whole story. It looks as if the prefectural capital, Naha City, also wants some cash from the Japanese government… err I’m sorry, I meant to help with the burden of radioactive waste disposal following last year’s meltdown at Fukushima. And it also looks as if Naha was at the forefront of this.
According to an article posted on March 15th, 2012, Naha City mayor indicated that the city would accept radioactive debris from the Fukushima reactor and surrounding area. Much more worrying is that he has said the plan will be discussed with the nearby Haebaru Town waste management and incineration facility about what best to do with the waste. I just have this awful image of them throwing these fuel rods into one of their incinerators and hoping for the best. What’s the worst that could happen?!
The key sentence is at the bottom of the article though, which states the possibility of the Naha City mayor asking the Japanese government’s for financial help with this disposal. And therein lies the factor as to what is driving places to accept this debris. As long as money is changing hands and someone is making money from this, people’s livelihoods and health can be put on the backburner. Effects of any radiation leak would only be found long after the next few elections, so why worry about it now?
Now to offer another side to this, it is very possible that radioactive materials will be stored completely safely, and “glowing walls” made from radioactive cement by the private company in Nago accepting it will be kept to a minimum. But given that more cracks are found in mainland Japanese nuclear reactors than on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, it does make me feel a little more uneasy about Okinawa.
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