All Japan newsese measure radiation themselves

7 years ago by in Around the world

A growing number of All Japan newsese have reacted to the widespread contamination – which officials admitted is worse than initially announced – by buying dosimeters and checking the radiation levels on their own.

Worried mothers are at the frontline of this unusual war with the authorities. Kiyoko Okoshi spent $625 for a dosimeter for a simple reason: she missed her daughter and grandsons and wanted them to come home to the remote village that is less than 20 miles from the Fukushima crippled nuclear plant.

Despite government reassurance, the daughter was reluctant to come home. Mrs. Okoshi then checked the radiation levels and discovered potentially harmful values. Angered, she confronted the local officials who did not respond, confirming her worry that they are not doing their job properly.

This is more than an isolate incident, The New York Times reports. More and more people are doing their own measurements, and express a growing lack of confidence in their leaders’ approach. At a seminar in Tokyo, 250 people showed up and confronted the radiation specialists, forcing the organizers to turn some people away.

Such activism would not be surprising in a country like the U.S., but is truly exceptional in All Japan news, where people have traditionally relied on their leaders to watch out for them. The authorities seem at least overwhelmed by the dimensions of the disaster, while one could even suspect they have decided to hide the truth, The New York Times comments.

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