Friday, March 23, 2012

"Money" Is the National Government's Official "Policy" on Wide-Area Disposal of Disaster Debris

As Chugoku Shinbun reports (3/24/2012) on the meeting between the Shimane Prefecture officials and the Ministry of the Environment, as long as money from the national government is coming to them the local governments will stop worrying.

Why is the Shimane prefectural government pressuring the municipalities in Shimane to accept disaster debris? The prefectural government doesn't want to miss out on the gravy train, but it has to beg the municipalities probably because the prefectural government does not have the incineration plant of its own.

I just wish I had visited this ancient place (I always wanted to visit).

Chugoku Shinbun (3/24/2012):


Shimane Prefecture held a meeting designed for the municipalities in Shimane regarding the disposal of disaster debris from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, by inviting the official from the Ministry of the Environment. Shimane was the first prefecture to hold such a meeting in the 5 prefectures in Chugoku Region. In the meeting, the safety standard of 8,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium in the ashes from burning the debris as well as the national government's policy to pay for the entire cost of disposal were emphasized to the participants.


Tsuyoshi Sekiya, head of the wide-area disposal promotion team at the Ministry of the Environment recycling division explained to 35 officials from 19 municipalities and 3 wide-area waste management unions. The disaster debris from Miyagi and Iwate to be disposed outside the prefectures was 3.44 million tonnes from Miyagi and 570,000 tonnes from Iwate, Sekiya said, and requested that they consider accepting the debris because "there is not enough capacity" in the disaster-affected areas.


Officials from the municipalities asked about the details of measures that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda indicated in early March to support wide-area disposal of the debris, including financial support from the national government for radiation measurement of the disaster debris. Sekiya could only say, "As soon as possible".


In Shimane Prefecture, the City Assembly in Matsue City [capital city] is expected to pass the resolution requesting the city to accept the debris. Shoji Kodama, manager of Matsue City's environmental protection section who attended the meeting said, "Securing the safety of the residents comes first, and we will discuss."

4 million tonnes of disaster debris from the two prefectures, less than 20% of the total debris.

How will Mr. Kodama of Shimane City secure the safety of the residents? Probably by doing what Hosono and his clowns did the other day on the street corner in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa. Wave a survey meter over the debris and scream "See? Did you see that? It's safe!"

One good thing about the article by Chugoku Shinbun is that the reporter named names. That seldom happens in the national newspapers, particularly online versions of their papers. It's always "an unnamed official" or "the government source".


Anonymous said...

The Japanse are lost, in every possible way

Anonymous said...

I wonder whether this slimy bureaucrat can sleep well. But I guess the little brain of this type of bureaucrat is just sufficient to follow the guidelines. Independent thinking is a sin for such people!

Each of these minions has to be hunted down and made to pay for the crimes they are supporting. They should rot in a prison next to Fuku-1 while they clean up all that mess with their bare hands.

I really admire your calm writing arevamirpal! It must be incredible difficult to keep calm with this ever increasing madness always around you.


Atomfritz said...

Quite interesting...
this small province of Shimane taking up one-fifth of the radioactive waste.

If I remember correctly the prevailing wind directions, the location of Shimane will ensure most of the fallout will land on central Japanese territory, ensuring that only minimal losses due to falling out into the seas will happen.

Optimization of "pain-sharing"?

Chibaguy said...

All I can say is this pisses me off. Someone with actual power in Japan needs to step up and say "enough.". Not a politician though.

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