More Information Needed from Fukushima
We want to better understand the situation in Fukushima, Japan, where the United Nations is demanding more support for refugees from the nuclear disaster in 2011. Meanwhile, the Samuel Lawrence Foundation is supporting a fact-finding visit to Fukushima by Thomas Bass, a writer and professor in literature, journalism, and history.
So far, Bass has confirmed that construction has started of a pipeline that will bleed a billion gallons of radioactive water into the Pacific starting this spring.
There’s more to the story of 160,000 people who fled the fallout from exploding reactors. Today, as the Japanese government reopens schools and declares the area safe, it also has raised permissible levels of exposure to radiation. According to published reports, the government is forcing some residents to return to the exclusion zone against their will.
“I'll be in Fukushima for another week,” Bass said to us in an email. “The place is remarkably inventive about learning how to survive in a nuclear exclusion zone, but the radioactive dump from F1 is a done deal. The spooky story stretches from here to Ukraine and out to you in California. It will just take me time to write it. In the meantime, thanks again for your help.”