March 11, 2014

Japanese Jingoism Won't Help Fukushima

William Pesek, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

After 1,095 days, untold billions of dollars of public expenditures and countless pledges to accelerate rebuilding efforts, radiation is still leaking at Fukushima. Only 3.4 percent of planned public-housing projects are close to being completed. A whole generation of kids in the northeast Tohoku region are tested regularly for thyroid cancer. They can barely remember anything but temporary housing, and must wonder if outdoor playgrounds really exist.

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TAGGED: Shinzo Abe, Fukushima, Japan


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