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Y.N., 27

Translator


Why don't people talk about radiation and health risks very much?

I'm in Fukuoka. It's far from Tohoku, and already two years have passed. So it's kind of unreal to us.

Also, some people don't want to think about it because it's a negative thing. If you talk about it, the atmosphere gets bad. So people avoid talking about it to maintain a good atmosphere.

People don't want to feel bad when they are not working or studying. They want to feel happy during their free time.

Are you worried about radiation in Fukuoka?

No.

Are you worried about radiation in food?

Not so much.

Is food mostly safe?

Probably.

Do they talk about radiation and health risks on TV?

They only talk about it during March and August. [These are the anniversaries of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki].

Do you talk about radiation with friends and family?

Occasionally.

What do you talk about?

The current situation in Fukushima. But I only talk about it with foreigners. Many foreign friends ask me about it.

What do you say?

They often ask me, "Is your city ok?" I just say that Kyushu is another island, and the radiation has not spread all over Japan.

So do you believe Kyushu is safe from radiation?

I think so.

Do you talk about this with Japanese friends or your family?

I have, but not now. Only when we watch TV and they talk about it in March and August.

How worried do you think most of the people in Japan are about radiation?

Many older people know about the atomic bombs, and they have some diseases from it so they are worried. Young people also studied about the atomic bombs when they were elementary school students, so they know there is the possibility to develop diseases in the future.

But you're not worried about it?

I'm in Kyushu, so I'm not worried about my health.

Where is the radiation dangerous?

Around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

What about Tokyo?

I don't think Tokyo is dangerous.

What do you think about the burning of radioactive tsunami debris from Tohoku here in Kitakyushu?

I think it's a good activity. I think the debris doesn't have much radiation, so we don't need to worry about health effects from this. And we should remove debris from Tohoku.

Is it a good way to help the people of Tohoku?

I think so.

I believe they incinerate this debris in the same way that they burn the regular household garbage, with the same filters. Is it safe?

I heard on a TV show that the level of radiation is not dangerous.

Who do you trust the most when it comes to information about radiation?

NHK.

So do you trust the government?

So so.

How much do you trust NHK?

80 to 90%. When they get new information, they tell us.

Why don't people talk about radiation and health risks very much?

I'm in Fukuoka. It's far from Tohoku, and already two years have passed. So it's kind of unreal to us.

Also, some people don't want to think about it because it's a negative thing. If you talk about it, the atmosphere gets bad. So people avoid talking about it to maintain a good atmosphere.

People don't want to feel bad when they are not working or studying. They want to feel happy during their free time?

Is it a virtue to hold in your personal thoughts?

It depends on the topic, and of course only in Japan.

Is this one of those topics?

I don't think so, but talking about the government involvement in this is.

In the future do you think many cases of cancer or other diseases will be caused by the exposure to radiation?

I'm not sure. I don't know how many people were exposed to radiation. Also, medical science is improving, so they might be alright in the future.

Which is more dangerous, "PM 2.5" and yellow sand from China, or radiation?

Radiation.

Which to people talk about more?

PM 2.5 and yellow sand.

 

 

Emiko Matsuo

 

E.M.

Part-time worker at a cellular phone company


Are you worried about radiation from Fukushima?

I'm worried, but Fukuoka is not so dangerous.

I want us to stop using nuclear power, but it's difficult.

Are you worried about radiation in food?

I'm not young so I'm not worried, but I am worried about children.

 

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