A veritable declaration of war against citizens.
From Jiji Tsushin (2/17/2012):
Municipalities should "stand up" in disaster-debris wide area disposal, says Minister of the Environment
During the press conference after the cabinet meeting on February 17, Minister of the Environment Goshi Hosono referred to the start of experimental incineration of disaster debris from Yamada-machi, Iwate Prefecture by Shimada City in Shizuoka and said, "A small municipality like Shimada City has stood up, and so should the heads of the municipalities with the ability to process (disaster debris)", calling for cooperation from the municipalities all over Japan to process the disaster debris from the March 11, 2011 earthquake/tsunami.
The Ministry of the Environment has been asking the municipalities to accept the disaster debris from Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures, but hasn't made much progress. Only Tokyo and Yamagata Prefecture have started accepting the debris. Hosono emphasized, "As the one-year anniversary of the quake/tsunami approaches, I want to move the wide-area processing forward, at all cost."
The state-of-the-art melting furnace of Shimada City in Shizuoka Prefecture is located right in the middle of tea plantations. The mayor's family is in the business of waste disposal management. The pricey melting furnace needs to have at least 60% of the furnace stuffed with garbage and waste to operate, so the disaster debris is God-sent.
So Shimada City stood up against thousands of residents who did not want disaster debris that was exposed to radioactive fallout from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant to be burned in their city. It may not even be the city that stood up; it was its mayor. Mayor Sakurai went so far as to say "I'm using Shimada City as a guinea pig."