Japan’s Cleanup Lags From Tsunami, Nuke Accident


Before the accident, residents believed they were completely safe, he said. “The authorities want to be able to tell them once again that the area is safe. To do this they need to return it to the state that it was in before the accident.”

Naraha resident Yoshimasa Murakami, a 79-year-old farmer, said he has low expectations.

A month after the government started cleaning his spacious home he has not seen a major decrease in radiation, he said while sitting on a balcony overlooking his traditional Japanese garden.

He set a dosimeter on the grass. It measured radiation nearly five times the target level and almost the same as the 1.09 microsieverts per hour found when officials surveyed it in December.

Murakami had come to the house for the day. He, his wife and daughter now live 50 kilometers (30 miles) away in Koriyama city.

He visits a few times a week to keep an eye on the cleanup workers. At nearly 80, Murakami says he doesn’t mind about the radiation, but his wife does. And if he returns, his other relatives and grandchildren will be afraid to visit.

“Then, what’s the point?” he said.

“I don’t think decontamination is going to work,” Murakami said. “The nuclear crisis is not fully over, and you never know, something still can go wrong.”

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