Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Government asking not to discriminate against evacuees of nuclear power plant accidents

Japanese government sent out the message to citizens, local governments, and business corporations not to discriminate against those who evacuated from the area of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

The news reported that those evacuees were asked to go through the screening for the radiation or present the proof that they were not exposed to the radiation at several evacuation centers and they were refused to make hotel reservations, and children were bullied by others. The government’s address came out because of the information received from the news.

The Minister of National Policy Unit, Mr. Koichiro Genba expressed at the conference that it was so regretful that some were treating those evacuees thoughtless and asked all the organizations and the business associations to guide the people concerned to be more considerate in order to prevent discrimination against them.

The Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yukio Edano said, “The radiation would not spread among people like the infectious disease as a fact.” He condemned those discriminative acts as overreaction.

On April 19, it was reported that evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture were asked to present the proof of screening for radiation before admission to the evacuation center in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The city official explained that the evacuees needed to know if they were exposed to radiation or not and the city was trying to help the evacuees, but no explanation was made why it was necessary to present the proof. © AFP

4/19/2011 AFP


Translated by Makiko Tajima Asano

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