Tuesday, May 10, 2011

“Bureaucratic nonsense,” the residents object signature requirement for a brief visit to homes inside Japan's nuclear no-go zone.

The government asked the residents of the village of Kawauchi who had briefly returned to homes on May 10 to sign an agreement stating that they fully understand the risk of entering the no-go zone and they take personal responsibility for entering the area.
This signature requirement sparked off opposition from some residents and Village Mayor Yuko Endo criticized the government for its bureaucratic nonsense, saying that the residents would visit their home by agreement and no signature would be necessary.
Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Motohisa Ikeda, the head of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, explained to the press that the signature requirement had been meant to ensure the residents understand that they should act safely and responsibly in the no-go zone.

The Yomiuri Shimbun, May 11, 2011
Translated by Mikiko Yamashita

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