We are very grateful for the support worldwide for earthquake disaster reconstruction.
I would like to introduce activities of CSO and individual citizens in recent Japan from 3.11.
First of all, as you know, high levels of radiation have been detected within the zone since the nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March. Japanese government has raised the legal public dose limit of radiation exposure for Fukushima Prefecture from the pre-accident level of 1 mSV per year to a provisional limit of 20 mSV per year. According to the new standard, believe it or not, children in Fukushima Prefecture are forced to live in areas comparable to “radiologically controlled areas” (areas exposed to 0.6 μSV or more per hour), where those under18 years of age are not normally allowed to enter. Many NGOs including Greenpeace criticized Japan government for such responsiveness.
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In addition, independent monitoring has shown that the release of radiation is different than government projections. Internationally, there is no consensus about safe evacuation distances.
The Citizen's Radioactivity Measuring Station (CRMS) thus responds to requests for and from citizens, and publishes the data to share and help people to react against the risks involved.
Although the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) declared it would create a government that put primary emphasis on improving the lives of the people ("Putting People's Lives First"), the government are relaxing safety standards of the amount of a radioactive substance in food, water, and so on. Additionally, the ruling parties are trying to deal with the debris with high levels of radiation in general garbage dump nationwide despite many civic groups' strong opposition.
Following the Fukushima nuclear accident, many groups established by mothers and fathers with concerns about the impact of radiation across the country. They discussed what they could do to protect their children from from low-level radiation exposure and protest against administration's handling of the issue.
"Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation" is a typical, and most symbolical group.
On the site you can see the spread of such groups nationwide.
It is now clear the radioactive pollution was worse than first thought, but we are working hard so that Japan will become a better country.