Thursday, August 30, 2012

Boy-Wonder Mayor of Osaka City Tells Citizens: "I Don't Need to Listen to You!" on Disaster Debris Burning in the City

He (the right one in the photo) will make an excellent successor to Prime Minister Noda, I can tell right now.

(The man on the left is the boy-wonder's sidekick, governor of Osaka.)

The same boy-wonder said he would like to have the younger generation to experience rolling blackout, right before he flipped (yet again) to pro-nuclear and pro-restart of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant.

Now that Ooi has restarted, he is flipped (again) to "anti-nuclear" because that's what will get him and his party the votes in the coming national election.

The dictatorial boy-wonder mayor of Osaka held the first and the last (or so he intends) meeting to explain things to unruly residents of Osaka City that they will have to accept potential radiation contamination from the disaster debris burning because... because... he says so. I don't think Osaka residents take this meekly.

From Mainichi Shinbun (8/31/2012):


Osaka City held a townhall meeting for the city's residents on August 30 at the central city hall (in Kita-ku, Osaka) to explain about the acceptance of disaster debris from the March 11, 2011 disaster. In the contentious meeting with angry residents opposing the plan shouting, Mayor Toru Hashimoto emphasized the safety and asked for understanding.


The city held three meetings in June and July only for residents in Konohana-ku, where the disaster debris will be [burned and] buried. But the August 30 meeting was the first for all residents in the city. About 420 residents attended the meeting.


In the meeting, city officials emphasized that the radiation exposure [from burning disaster debris] would be lower than that of background radiation exposure, but people opposing the acceptance of the debris inside and outside the hall shouted "We don't want radiation", "Hashimoto, resign", in a tense exchange. Mayor Hashimoto, unable to hide his irritation, said, "The city policy is not decided by your opinions", "Citizens several times more than you here are in favor". At one point, several men rushed toward the mayor on the podium, and were stopped by the policemen.


A housewife (age 59) from Chuo-ku in Osaka City said excitedly, "They didn't explain to my satisfaction. It's a foregone conclusion, and I don't know why they bothered to hold a meeting."


The city plans to conduct the test burn in November, and start accepting the debris from Iwate Prefecture in February next year. In the current fiscal year [that ends in March 31, 2013], about 6,100 tonnes will be disposed [burned and buried], and 30,000 tonnes will be disposed in the fiscal 2013.

I hear from Osaka City residents that umbrellas and bottled water were banned from the meeting.

Mayor Hashimoto scurried off from the stage after the incident, according to the media reports. Osaka residents on Twitter say they are not surprised at the mayor's behavior.

The prefectural government in Iwate freely admits that they can totally take care of the debris within Iwate, but since Osaka City insists, they cannot say no. I don't quite understand why not.

Konohana-ku has a landfill that features a huge incineration plant designed by a famous Austrian anti-nuclear architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. If he were alive, I wonder what he would think; whether he'd be happy with the prospect of disaster debris that has been contaminated with radioactive materials out of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant being burned at the plant he designed.

I still remember the angry residents of Kyoto City in front of the JR Kyoto Station, shouting down Goshi Hosono, "Go back! Go Back to where you belong!", when Mr. Hosono and his entourage tried to convince what a wonderful thing it would be to help Tohoku people if only Kyoto residents allowed the burning of the debris in their midst.

I hope Osaka people will outdo the Kyoto residents.


Anonymous said...

The burned disaster debris radiation will be lower then background?! Joy!! So we'll be getting less exposure than if it was higher or the same! That makes my day, I feel so safe already.
< /sarcasm >

I'm quite tired of seeing people everywhere justify everything by saying "it could be worse" instead of "IT COULD BE BETTER".

Anonymous said...

Instead of rushing the stage they should had thrown rotted radioactive produce at this jerk until he was buried up to his neck. Once again the "silent majority" trumps people who actually go to the trouble of letting everyone exactly how they feel.

Anonymous said...

Despicable. The world will not tolerate another Hitler. That lesson is still fresh.

Anonymous said...

So it is only in Tokyo that we accept burning Tohoku debris without saying a word?

Anonymous said...

Probably something to do with the more proud and famous the city/area, the more ignorant and self-confident the people there are. Either that or everyone is busy fapping off at Ishihara the serial rapist psychopath.

Anonymous said...

"Lower than background exposure" potentially means that after burning the debris the fallout will nearly double background radiation. If the incinerator fumes contain mostly cesium it will stick to concrete and asphalt and effectively stay there for a very long time, or it will deposit on the nearby rice paddies and vegetables leaves.
At that point people of Kansai will share the pain.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Beppe, Tokyo, Yamagata, Akita and Aomori have been burning and burying. Saitama is about to start.

Saitama is really sneaky. Instead of going through the official (=government) channels, it is private businesses that will bring the debris to their factories in Saitama and burn, and use the ashes in the cement that they make.

Anonymous said...

Whew, what a relief: I thought Ishihara was unbeatable but Saiakutama is seriously raising the bar of the competition!

sarcasm end -- B

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