by Takaaki Tamura / The Asahi Shimbun / August 03, 2012
The town of Namie, in the no-entry zone surrounding the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, is set to issue its own radiation dose book for evacuees this month in the hope it will lead to a national system exempting book holders from medical fees.
But its attempt to enlist nearby municipalities as a means to step up pressure on the central government to do more has received a lukewarm response, with many mayors expressing concern over possible discrimination such as that faced by hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivors.
Namie plans to issue radiation exposure books to all its 21,000 or so residents who evacuated amid the reactor meltdowns triggered by last year’s Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.