Japanese Nuclear Emergency Director: Citizens Have No Right To A Healthy Radiation Free Life

Japan’s nuclear emergency director tells citizens they have no right to live a radiation free healthy life while refusing to test children’s urine and answer why Fukushima radiation standard differs from the rest of Japan.

This footage, from a recent meeting of indignant Japanese citizens and feckless Japanese government types should be a little shocking. Sadly, it’s just more of the same—ineptitude and inaction. Buy denying the rightto avoiding radiation? OK, shocking.

The Tokyo meeting was meant to broach the push to expand the evacuation zone around Fukushima—a zone that’s proven inadequately and dangerously narrow. One Fukushima resident asks, “As other people do, people in Fukushima have the right to avoid the radiation exposure and live a healthy life, too. Don’t you think so?”

A Nuclear Safety Commission Of Japan rep, when pushed to go beyond his canned non-answer, deadpans “I don’t know if they have that right.” The crowd reacts as you would expect when told they nuclear-threatened welfare isn’t a concern. After being jeered at by the understandably outraged audience, and ignoring requests to test the radioactive content of young residents’ urine, the government panel packed up and left.

If you could compress the past four months’ anxiety, tension, crisis, inaction, confusion, and stifled anger into one meeting room, you’d produce the above, this smoldering radioactive diamond of national failure. [via Boing Boing

The transcripts I have typed from the vidoe are taken from the English subtitles in the video and follow below.

For the sake of brevity the Nuclear Safety Commission Of Japan representative is labeled ‘Politician’ and the questions from the public labeled as ‘Citizen’.

[July 19, 2011 – Corasse Fukushima Fukushima City]

Citizen: As other people do, people in Fukushima have a right to avoid the radiation exposure and live a healthy life too. Don’t you thinks so?

Politician: The government has tried to reduce radiation exposure as much as it can.

Citizen: You didn’t answer his question!

Citizen: So you are saying that the don’t? They have that right, don’t they?

Politician: I don’t know if they have that right.

Citizen: What!?

Citizen:You don’t have that right either?

Citizen: You yourself think you don’t have a right to a healthy life either!?

Citizen: Answer Me!

Citizen: You think that people in Fukushima have no right!?

Citizen: Do you mean there is a difference in radiation exposure between Fukushima prefecture and other prefectures?

[Akira Satoh Director of the local Nuclear Emergency Response headquarters]

Politician: What I am saying is, the government of Japan has done as much as they can to reduce radiation exposure

Citizen: The government isn’t applying a different radiation exposure standard to people of Fukushima, is it?

Politician: I have already said all I can say.

Citizen: What!?

Politician: [pushes microphone away]

Citizen: There are people in Fukushima who want to evacuate. Please take responsibility to evacuate them.

Politician: [silent]

Citizen: Please respond with a comment.

Politician: [silent]

Citizen: Please respond.

Politician: Well, you are free to evacuate at your own risk if you want to.

Politician: If people live in a safe place, the government asks them to stay there.

Citizen: This is an emergency now, isn’t it?

Citizen: Is Fukushima city “safe”?

Citizen: Even in the communist bloc, the Soviet Union evacuated people promptly in Belarus at the Chernobyl accident.

Citizen: Why on earth cant’ Japan, a free nation, do the same thing?

Citizen: Even the Soviet Union did that!

Citizen: The Soviet Union evacuated 240,000 children in two weeks!

Politician: [silent]

Citizen: What on earth has the government been doing in the last four months?

Politician: [silent]

Citizen: Shame on you!

Politician: [silent]

Citizen: Why on earth did you come here?

Politician: [silent]

Citizen: We would like you to test the urine of children promptly.

Citizen: And we would like you to inform us later about who will conduct urine tests and how they will be conducted.

Politician: [silent. Gets up starts leaving the room]

Citizen: Please! Bring this urine with you.

Politician: [silent. Ignores citizen and proceeds toward exit]

Citizen: They are awful.

Citizen: This is so absurd.

Citizen: [follows Politician leaving room]

Citizen: Test this urine!

Politician: [continues to walk away]

Citizen: What do you think you are doing!?

Citizen: Test this urine!

Citizen: Test this urine!

Citizen: Why are you refusing!?

Citizen: Why are you refusing!?

Citizen: What do you think you are doing!?

Citizen: Don’t run away!?

Citizen: Please bring this urine with you!?

Politician: [Stops by building exit]

Citizen: Please!

Citizen: Please bring that urine with you!

Citizen: Please bring that urine with you!

Politician: We are not in charge of that. [continues to walk away]

Citizen: We would like you to bring it to the central government.

Politician: We are not in charge of that. [continues to walk away]

Citizen: What do you mean by that!?

Citizen: Don’t you think you should bring it with you?

Citizen: They brought it here with them today.

Citizen: They brought it here with them today, as they promised.

Citizen: You said before if they brought urine you would test it, haven’t you!?

Citizen: haven’t you!?

Citizen: Please bring that urine with you!

Citizen: Stop!

Citizen: Stop! Stop!

Citizen: Please, don’t run away!

Citizen: You shouldn’t run away, should you?

Politician: [stops at elevator]

Citizen: Please communicate with us like people do.

Citizen: What you think you are doing?

Citizen: You think that bureaucrats in Tokyo are more important than people in Fukushima?

Citizen: I am begging you! Please!

Politician: We are not in charge of that.

Politician: [Enters elevator]

Citizen: Why is that!?

Citizen: You don’t have children?

[Elevator door closes]

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