東日本大震災及び東京電力福島第一原発事故から5 年を迎えるにあたって On the 5th Commemoration of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

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福島のエートス代表 安東量子 

  As Ethos of Fukushima, we began our activities in the fall of 2011. Based on the belief that our first priority was to rebuild lives in the areas affected by the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami through autonomous efforts, we have been working on various radiation protection activities in cooperation with the residents of Suetsugi district in Iwaki-shi, Fukushima prefecture.

  Iwaki-shi recognized our activities as "Local model project to enhance understanding on radiation" in January 2015, and, consigned its implementation to Suetsugi-district. Through this administrative measure, said activities officially became formal self-help activities of Suetsugi-district, which included funding support from Iwaki-shi.

  The beginnings of our activities were humble, as some residents started trying voluntary initiatives. Four years after the Accident, we would not have been able to extend and broaden the reach of our self-motivated voluntary activities to this extent without your wide support. To that, we offer our deepest appreciation/gratitude.

  For the past five years, we have been committed to focusing on rebuilding daily lives in Suetsugi and refrained from commenting on social and political issues. However, the reality in year five is that while our efforts have lead to small but positive outcomes, the issues on radiation protection activities too serious and beyond the capabilities of local volunteers remain unresolved within Fukushima prefecture.

  The current radiological protection related policies of the Government of Japan (hereinafter "GOJ"), were developed/created in 2012, within the first year of the Accident and on the most part, remain untouched/unreviewed. In contrast, significant accumulation of data and vast amount of learnings are available today. Thus, we strongly urge the GOJ to utilize up-to-date information to review and update its policies on radiation protection to accurately reflect the realities of the affected areas.

  Specifically, in the five years following the Accident, the GOJ has yet to establish its official view on the long-term radiation exposure projection. As a result, faced with the reality where long-term, comprehensive and implementable policies for radiation protection cannot be developed/are not being developed, we are hugely troubled.

  On March 10, 2016, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the decisions regarding the policies on "Difficult to return zones" are to be determined by this summer. However, in the absence of official policies on radiation protection, or long-term projection on radiation, it seems highly unlikely that a realistic consensus, so basic and essential for future planning, can be reached. This causes deep concerns.

  At the same time, beyond meeting the official radiation protection policy standards, it is our strong desire that any future plan will be based on detailed structural design that fully reflect and incorporate the opinions/hopes of the area residents.

  Finally, it is our sincere hope that the GOJ will act with integrity and commit to doing its utmost so that the residents of affected areas, free from worries over future uncertainties, can embrace the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 together with the rest of the nation.

Ryoko Ando, Representative of Ethos in Fukushima

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