Two years since Japan's worst disaster in modern times, 310,000 people are still without permanent housing.
"They've hired design companies from far-away places like Tokyo, and we see these people every night spending their high salaries entertaining themselves in our communities. That is our money, that should be going directly to helping our people."
Usuzawa says many of the youth have left for jobs elsewhere because there is simply nothing for them to do here. Deeply attached to his town, he refuses to leave. "You feel like a crazed person, like you could explode with anger at anytime ... They tell us they're making progress … We don't see it."
It's been more than a year since TEPCO, the plant's operator, announced that reactors had stopped spewing radioactive material. Still, engineers have been unable to figure out how they will remove the dangerous fuel rods. Analysts say it could take 40 years before the Fukushima plant is fully shut down. Meanwhile, TEPCO says it is running out of space to store contaminated water used to cool the reactors, and is considering dumping it into the ocean.
The nuclear meltdown following the tsunami spread radiation over large swathes of northeastern Japan. While it's estimated the amount of radiation emitted was one-tenth that of the Chernobyl disaster, it spread over an area far more densely populated.
Two years later, TEPCO faces renewed accusations that it has not been forthcoming in compensating those who suffered from the fallout.
This is another Major Story that has slipped off our radar, as do so many.
I just thought I would share an update, as I remember the publicized photos were showing such incredible progress in recovery and cleanup.
My guess is the scope of the combination of Tsunami as well as the Nuclear Meltdown(which is also kept very hush hush) damage that slammed that portion of Japan is so overwhelming that the Nuked Areas are being purposely ignored, and therefore neglected residents are the ongoing casualties left in the wake to fend for themselves. The Young and Elderly are the most vunerable, and solutions seem unutilized thusfar.
No matter how bad things are here in the USA, such as in the Sandy affected areas and in those tornado allies, we have at least been spared the level of TEPCO/Tsunami pain felt in Fukushima Prefecture, with no sign of relief evident for survivors there.