Fukushima cans Kan over radiation shocks


Prime Minister Naoto Kan

TOKYO (majirox news) — Fukushima residents and officials have slammed outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan for dumping on them a double radiation shock — telling residents evacuated from around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant their departure will be long-term, and dumping radioactive waste within the prefecture.

“We thought perhaps we might be able to go back one day. He’s destroyed my dreams,” Yasuo Yamamoto, a resident of Futaba, a town 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the radiation-spewing Fukushima Daiichi reactor, told the Asahi newspaper.

Yamamoto, the national daily notes, was born and bred in in Futaba and retired in September last year. He had just remodeled his home when forced to evacuate in the wake of the March 11 disasters that triggered the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown, the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

Other residents from the Evacuation Zone around the plant have expressed regret about such factors as loneliness, isolation and the fate of their properties.

The government is making plans to dump radioactive waste materials in Fukushima prefecture in the medium-term. Kan has also hinted the government may buy all properties within the Evacuation Zone, which authorities have hinted may be uninhabitable for decades.

Kan resigned as president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) on Friday. The DPJ will elect his successor on Monday, who will be voted in as the new prime minister in the Diet the following day.

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