Monday, September 23, 2013

Evacuees from Futaba-machi, #Fukushima Still Living in Abandoned High School Building After Two and a Half Years

As Japan celebrates "recovery" (at least in the stock market), 2020 Tokyo Olympic, maglev bullet train that will run under Japan Alps, there are still 100 people from Futaba-machi, Fukushima still living in the abandoned high school building in Saitama Prefecture, more than two and a half years after the earthquake and tsunami and the nuclear accident struck Tohoku and Kanto.

Time has frozen for them, too.

In my August 16, 2012 post, I wrote there were more than 200 Futaba-machi residents living in shelter in the Kisai High School building in Kazo City in Saitama Prefecture, in partitioned classrooms and gyms, getting boxed meals.

Since September 1, 2012, the residents who live in the high school building have had to pay for the boxed meals, 30,000 to 40,000 yen (US$300 to 400) per month, out of their own pockets.

According to a volunteer group who's been providing the residents, mostly elderly, with hot meals every one to two months since September 2012,


One year since [we started serving hot meals], the number of people living in the shelter have been gradually decreasing. However, there are still about 100 people living here [at the high school], eating three boxed (bento) meals every day.


The plan to close this shelter is rapidly gaining momentum, but there are still many issues to be resolved. Where will the current 100 residents at the shelter go? What about compensations?


It is not a good thing that a shelter continues to exist. But we don't think it is a good thing if this shelter is closed without consensus from the residents.


The residents at the shelter also tell us that despite bad living conditions they find emotional support through human relationship - that they live together with their friends and acquaintances from the same town [Futaba-machi]. If the shelter is closed, they will have to live apart. They have already lost so much and are forced to live in a harsh condition. It would increase the sense of loneliness in the elderly residents and deprive them of their daily joy and happiness.

Katsutaka Idogawa is no longer the mayor of Futaba-machi; he decided not to fight the recall motion by the town assembly. He was a candidate of the Green Party for the Upper Election in July this year, but his campaign didn't get any attention and he lost.

There is no incentive for politicians to do anything about the evacuees in an abandoned high school building in Saitama. The evacuees don't complain, and no one complains for them.

They are going to squander a ton of money (maybe literally) on maglev trains and 2020 Olympic, but they can't even convert this high school building into a more comfortable, habitable living space.


Anonymous said...

Promises from industry and government NOT KEPT. Would any other country with this size of a major nuclear disaster take care of their evacuees? One would hope, but government and industry ignoring laws and regulations are not just Japanese. Look at one example, such as the Bayou Corne Sinkhole in Louisianna where people have been evacuated without property compensation is similar to Fukushima. And the "wacka a mole" technology is alive and well there also. Lots of talk, lots of cheap..not much progress for the community/environment; it just gets worse.

Anonymous said...

Hurricane Katrina same story.

Anonymous said...

I say we get the U.S. State Dept. and Japan's version thereof to set up a collection organization like Rolling Jubilee to take care of these Futabans. Those 2 depts. could entitle the org "Rolling Conspiracy", to care, that is.

Then perhaps their consciences would be less "penetrated" by Darwin's Disciples' version of, ahem, "committed".

(US$300 to 400) per month, out of their own pockets. OUTRAGEOUS

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy victims are still screwed.
Quick google result:

I hear Haiti is in a bad way too.

As I've said, humans like building, but they HATE repairing and maintenance.
An inevitable recipe for fail.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 3:22,

Some sites, like the "visions"-center that enews has become, don't do what others describe as maintenance because their "too-busy" Admininstrators are working for new masters.

Hence their fixation on the dreaded HAARP device, analog for the NSA's Utah site. Distract & divert while advancing the nuclear agenda.

Blue Castle: Utah needs nuclear power

65 MW of power demand

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