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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 03:31 PM
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Japan faces lengthy recovery from Fukushima accident (pics & videos @ link)

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/04/22/japan.f...


Many evacuees have spent a month living in government shelters, sometimes just gyms, and are running low on money.

Tokyo (CNN) -- The worst may have passed in the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl, but cleaning up when it's finally over is likely to take decades and cost Japan an untold fortune. A six- to nine-month horizon for winding down the crisis, laid out by plant owner Tokyo Electric Power this week, is just the beginning. Near the end of that timeline, Japan's government says it will decide when -- or whether -- the nearly 80,000 people who were told to flee their homes in the early days of the disaster can return.

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Some of those who have already spent six weeks in emergency housing, like Tomioka funeral director Kazuhiro Shirato, say they don't expect to return to what was home. "I've been told by TEPCO since I was very small that the nuclear power plant was safe, so I never imagined this would happen," Shirato told CNN. "I hope now that the whole town will move to another place and rebuild." Many of those displaced by the disaster have spent a month living in government shelters -- sometimes just gyms -- and are running low on money. Tokyo Electric has promised to make a down payment on compensation of 1 million yen (about $12,000) per household, with the intention of sending out checks by late April.

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The shadow cast by Fukushima Daiichi has inflicted yet-unknown losses on farmers, fishermen and shopkeepers. And looming compensation costs have darkened the future of Tokyo Electric, a $157 billion company that may be driven into some form of government receivership. For those displaced, Japanese authorities have promised to decontaminate "as much of an area as possible," as Goshi Hosono, an adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, told reporters earlier this week. But they have no decontamination plans prepared, and no real model for trying to clean up whole municipalities. "We may be talking about something very new," Shikata said. "We will have to be creative." The few precedents that do exist are daunting.

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The biggest city covered by the evacuation orders so far is Minami Soma, with a population of about 70,000. The twin disasters of March 11 have already driven away most of its population, most of those remaining have been told they will be evacuating soon and the rest have been told to stand by. "We will rebuild," said Shinkoh Ishikawa, a Buddhist monk at the Senryu temple just outside the 20-kilometer exclusion zone. "I'm confident about that because we had done the same after the second World War."

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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 03:36 PM
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1. But hey - the evacuees shall all receive close to twelve thousand bucks
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 03:37 PM by truedelphi
per household, so why are they complaining?

<sarcasm>
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 03:40 PM
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2. Are they pretending that the disaster is over?
Please. They haven't even gotten to the good part.
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thereismore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 03:42 PM
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3. Yes, that struck me too. This is far from over. nt
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peace4ever Donating Member (434 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 03:43 PM
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4. "The worst may have passed in the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl" - no qualification
for that statement... I wonder what they are basing that on?

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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:02 PM
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5. Reality?
They are there, you are not.

Also don't forget the magnitude 9 earthquake and the tsunami that killed over 30,000 people in Japan, that preceded the problem that stopped so many forebrains world wide from working. So yeah, the worst is over.
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Electric Monk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:09 PM
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6. I see opinion, but not anything to back it up. Feel free to try again.
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peace4ever Donating Member (434 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 05:49 PM
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7. Faux Reality - as there was nothing stated to back that statement up
BTW: I have family and friends there.

Also, the 'worst is over' was stated in regards to the nuclear situation not the other tragedies.
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