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“Please take this urine with you!”

A pingback led to this blog posting the video below. I’ve just watched it once and need more time to digest it and watch it again. Because the blogger Super Crazy Video World and all the commenters on YouTube (at least the ones I glanced at) seem to be taking the residents’ side against the nasty Tokyo bureaucrats, my initial reaction is to side with the bureaucrats. At one point, it seems as if the residents are asking that the government act like the totalitarian Soviets!And the bureaucrat who says “You are free to evacuate”  seems nonplussed that he has to point this out. I’m going out on a limb here but my guess is that people skills are not his forte, eh?

What do you think? (I’ll have more to say after I’ve watched it again.)

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Theme of the day – faith in government is waning

The following excerpts pretty much speak for themselves, but because this is the media speaking, take a large lump of salt with all this. I’ll add my usual pearls of wisdom after you’ve read the quotes.

“It breaks my heart that they did nothing for the children,” said Sadako Monma, herself a mother of two, who has run the Soramame center for 15 years. “Our answer was to stop waiting for someone to help us.”

Slow action by the government has set off a revolt among the usually orderly ranks of Japanese bureaucrats.

“I don’t believe the government,” said Kanako Nishikata, 33, a mother of two elementary school children here. “The air here is dirty. The soil is dirty. They are leaving Fukushima to suffer and perish.”

via In Japan, Fukushima Parents Grow Angry Over Radiation – NYTimes.com.

The figure is equivalent to 20 times the annual radiation limit for ordinary people. When releasing the statement, the ministry also did not touch on any measures to decontaminate school facilities.

Parents voiced complaints and concern. “It is a figure too high for children,” said one parent. “No specific measures have been presented,” said another.

The city of Koriyama has decided to remove top soil from school playgrounds on its own. Even so, the central government brushed aside the local government’s move. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said, “Based on the guideline of the education and science ministry, there is no need for removal.” Read the rest of this entry »

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