Anonymous, 27


Anonymous, 27

A telephone marketing worker

My job is selling beauty supplements over the phone, so I talk with people from all over Japan.  I spoke with a grandmother in Fukushima whose daughter and grandson left for Kyushu or Shikoku because they were worried about the radiation.  The grandmother and grandfather were very lonely.

I thought it would be best for the whole family to stay together, but because of money it’s not realistic.  I felt really sorry for them, and I hope they can bring their family back together. 

We saw a lot of TV programs featuring families being broken up soon after the earthquake, but now you don’t see it so much.   As for radiation, it’s not something that’s talked about on TV now.  I did see something on TV about six months ago about Fukushima elementary school students being sent to other schools in neighboring prefectures, but that’s about it.

At first, everyone was worried about radiation, so the message on TV was that it’s alright now, you can relax and you don’t have to worry.  When it comes to the disaster the focus is on remembering the earthquake and tsunami victims.  There isn’t any talk about the radiation aspect of things.

People outside of Fukushima aren’t worried about radiation, especially people in their twenties and younger.  The people around me don’t have any information and they don’t feel a need to seek it out or study on their own so they don’t really care.  We don’t really know what’s going on, and some of us believe a lot of the reassuring messages that come from TV. 

I half believe the information that comes from TV.  It always says that everything is safe.  I don’t really trust the government or TEPCO. But the other half of me is worried.  I don’t really know what effects the radiation will have on my health.  I’m not 100% certain that Kyushu is safe. 

I’m not worried about radiation in food, though.  I understand that radiation is dangerous, but I don’t check to see if I’m buying or eating food from Fukushima, and I don’t refuse it.  I think that buying and eating food from Fukushima is necessary because we need to help them more.     

I care about the effects of radiation.  But in order that Fukushima doesn't suffer alone, I will accept the burning of the radioactive debris, and I will eat food from Fukushima.  I think other prefectures need to cooperate more with Fukushima. 

They are incinerating some debris from Eastern Japan in Kitakyushu [a neighboring prefecture to the east of Fukuoka].  The radiation that might be in that debris is scary, but I think it’s a good thing that Kitakyushu is taking the debris.  If all of the other prefectures refuse to take the debris then Eastern Japan has to deal with it all.  We should help them dispose of the debris, even though it’s radioactive.

Does the incineration of that debris expose children here in Kyushu to radiation?

Oh!  Yes, I guess it does.  But Fukushima has to get rid of this garbage somewhere.  It’s not good if everyone refuses to take it. 





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