Concerns involving the Fukushima nuclear accident from 2011 remain unsolved. The government reports that the issue is on its top concern regarding the environment given its grave effect, both in nature and to people. It’s already been two years since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster but the report implies that there is still no concrete solution developed. Radioactive substances are still found in the environment, casting anxiety on locals because of exposure.
The report issued admits the government’s failure to assure its people of danger due to radiation exposure. It also mentions that even after two years, decontamination of the Fukushima and affected areas yields no positive evaluation. Although it sounds like the government aims for zero contamination, which is unlikely to happen in a short period of time given the nature of radioactive substances released from the nuclear plant, it is still expected that a progress should be evident.
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara reveals that the report also aims for a sustainable society while being equally committed to social rehabilitation. At the same time, he expressed his hopes to help and develop the younger generations to become a truly affluent society. Commitment to Fukushima’s rehabilitation will not just benefit the people directly involved in the accident. It is expected that the younger generation Ishihara referred to will have no need to express dismay to its predecessors.
It’s been strongly encouraged that the administration also has the concerned citizens involved in seeking the best solution for the issue. It discourages any one-way approach. It may be a way of having the voice of the people heard and known regarding nuclear energy utilization. The government was known to promote nuclear energy before the 2011 accident. According to the report, national values have changed after what happened in Fukushima, suggesting that Japan should reckon comprehensive criteria regarding economic, environmental, and social resources.
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