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Hasegawa, Farmer from Iitate Village in Fukushima
Forum, March 13, 2013 After the nuclear accident, all over Iitate
village, plutonium and strontium were detected [40km from nuclear plant]. [...]
And then something unbelievable happened. Authorities started bringing many
[hygienists or dentists?] to the village […] these doctors started doing this
local safety campaign. They kept telling us, “It’s OK, it’s safe, there’s
nothing to worry about.” […] The day before the evacuation order was announced,
the professor from Kyoto University called Professor Imanaka came to the village
and did a thorough research monitoring of the radiation levels.
And Professor Imanaka, he was just astonished,
“Something terrible, dreadful is happening. The radiation level was so high; I
can’t believe people are still living here.” […] So Professor Imanaka brought
his data to the mayor and said, “You guys should evacuate immediately.” But the
mayor’s response was, “Please do not disclose this data to the public.” Instead
he said, “Is there any way to live with this radiation?” The village authorities
only were interested in protecting the village itself, not the people.