Saturday, March 24, 2012

Governor of Kyoto on Disaster Debris: "We May Not Tell Residents"

Sankei Shinbun reports (3/24/2012):

がれき非公表処分の可能性 山田知事示唆 京都

Kyoto Governor Yamada indicates disaster debris may be disposed without the public informed


Governor Keiji Yamada commented during the press conference on March 23 on the wide-area disposal of disaster debris from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and said "If the local authority (accepting the debris) want to proceed without telling the residents, we should oblige", indicating he might proceed with the debris disposal like the Kyoto government had done in 2004 during the bird flu infection when the disposal by incineration was carried out without identifying which facility would do the incineration.


About Maizuru City, which has already pledged cooperation in debris disposal, the governor said "We want to carry out the test to prove safety", and said he would visit the city and explain the safety to the city's residents.

When politicians like him say "地元" (=locals), they mean the local government and heads of the neighborhood associations. It doesn't mean residents.

Maizuru City is located on the coast on the Japan Sea. A beautiful, ancient town with the first evidence of human settlement 10,000 years ago. The current mayor Ryozo Tatami is a medical doctor.

Governor of Kyoto Keiji Yamada is a Tokyo University graduate (law) and a former career bureaucrat (today's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications).

Not that Sankei Shinbun cares. It decidedly do not care, as it has been calling the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident as "radiation leak", and its editors and columnists routinely excoriate anyone who disagree with the national government policies of spreading contaminated vegetables and contaminated debris.


Anonymous said...

During WWII Japan government propaganda encouraged civilians in Okinawa and Saipan to commit suicide rather than be taken captive by the Americans who were attacking them.

You cannot trust the government! Recognize propaganda when you see it.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

As far as I know, the Japanese people who survived the World War II were the first ones to say "Propaganda" last year. They knew right away. Younger generations believed in their government a lot longer. Most still do.

Anonymous said...

Kyoto is lost too

Darth3/11 said...

Great. The American government decided not to bomb Kyoto in WWII. Now, the Japanese government will destroy Kyoto itself.
Am I the only one who sees this? Where is the outcry from Kyotoites?
Do they even know?

Anonymous said...

Darth: it's probably why they won't tell a word about disaster debris being burning... Governor of Kyôto pref. surely knows that kyôto people aren't fools and they won't allow it to happen if they are informed about when and where it will be burnt.. Remember the story about pine trees from Iwate they wanted to burn for the Gozan no Okuribi ? A lot of people were completely against it because they knew it right it was a complete insane plan ! and it was the first time pine trees coming from that far was to be used for a festival happening in kyôto, some 600 km away from disaster area.. they just don't want to tell a word because kyôto people are not fools

Stock said...

SKF--find some email addresses, Japanese officials that we can send email to.

Anonymous said...

Your post is quoted and referenced here:

Any further information on south-west Japan is most welcome!

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@survivaljapan, thanks for the link. I'm not in LA though.

Anonymous said...

It's corrected. I thought I had read that much earlier in your blog. Anyway, I respect privacy and thank you for your continuous work and including details about south-west Japan as well.

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