minister-Nobuteru-Ishiharavia NHK World / August 8, 2014 / The Japanese government plans to provide a subsidy of about three billion dollars over 30 years for regional development in Fukushima Prefecture. The grant is to be offered when local communities agree to build temporary storage facilities for highly radioactive waste.

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara (pictured) and Reconstruction Minister Takumi Nemoto will explain on Friday the grant for the local governments to Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato and the mayors of Futaba and Okuma towns.

The government plans to build facilities in the two towns to store highly radioactive waste generated in the prefecture by the decontamination effort following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. The two towns host the damaged nuclear plant.

The ministers did not refer to the amount of the subsidy on July 28th when they met the governor and mayors. At the meeting, the ministers told them the government will allow landowners to keep their property rights for the land where it plans to build the facilities. The government had originally planned to buy land for the facilities from the owners.

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By Broc West| 5 Comments | Featured, News

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  1. Good Grief! Now we can add Blackmail to the list of shameless betrayal perpetrated by the Japanese Government on its own people.

    I do hope that the people of Fukushima (and Japan) realise that the time frame suggested – 30 years – means that the Government has no intention of actually paying this “subsidy”…. primarily because it knows most of the people will be dead or dying from cancers and other man-made radiation induced diseases.

    It would be much wiser, and possibly safer, for the people of Fukushima to demand “relocation” money NOW, face the truth about Fukushima – accept that it is lost to them – and move as far away as possible and then let the stupid Government have the cursed place to store all their “waste”.

    Fukushima will never be “cleaned up”, will never be safe, and needs to be annexed in isolation for the rest of time… except for anything and everything that can be done (by anyone qualified) to try to mitigated the ongoing contamination leaks.

  2. I don’t understand how they think it’s okay to store contaminated water in giant METAL tanks. The ones they are using at the TEPCO facility right now are already leaking. They need ±400.000 tons of ocean water per day to keep the facility from going Tsernobyl on their behinds. That equals ±1 contaminated water tank per day. If they plan on doing this for the next 100 to say 150.000 years (lifespan of irradiated materials right?), not only TEPCO, but Japan will run out of space. Imagine what will happen if they have 10.000 of those tanks stored in an area that wíll be hit by an earthquake at some point (yes, they have those on a regular basis in Japan) and you have 4 billion tons of contaminated water going into the land….
    You ask me they’re going to have to figure out how to move a nuclear meltdown off of this planet…. (Completely agree with Scottiegirl.)

  3. I agree — it’s really shocking that people don’t realize in general how bad this situation is. I don’t know what the solution is but I really hope they can find one. SOON!

  4. There are so many things wrong with the crisis at Fukushima, but what I find most disturbing is the lack of awareness from the general public. It’s mind boggling how many people don’t even know what’s going on in Japan. And that’s what prompted me to record the “Fukushima” song. I’m hoping the song will spread awareness and raise funds. A portion of the proceeds from the first 10,000 downloads will be donated to charity. I’m only an indie musician, so please help spread the word…

    • LOL, “just an indie musician”: we can’t help if we can’t find you (your song); PLEASE POST A LINK !

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