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I Am FukushimaKainuma Hiroshi

People are all too prone to attribute Fukushima Prefecture’s post-3/11 problems to a uniquely “Fukushima” set of circumstances. But on closer observation we find that some of Fukushima’s most serious problems stem from issues that are nationwide in scope. Addressing these problems effectively will hinge on approaching them from a national perspective.
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Leading the Fight Against Radioactive Pollution

At the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, scientists are developing new applications with the potential to bring safe drinking water to millions and resolve the nightmare of radiation contamination that has plagued Japan since last year’s disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.
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Local Media and Fukushima (Part Two)

One year on after the disasters of March 2011, thousands of people in Fukushima are still unable to return to their homes, and the prefecture’s reputation is in tatters. At this specially organized roundtable event, six local journalists spoke about the reality of life in Fukushima today.
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Local Media and Fukushima (Part One)

One year on after the disasters of March 2011, thousands of people in Fukushima are still unable to return to their homes, and the prefecture’s reputation is in tatters. At this specially organized roundtable event, six local journalists spoke about the reality of life in Fukushima today.
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Political Responsibility and the Public Loss of Confidence in the GovernmentShiraishi Takashi

In this column last November, I noted the utter loss of public confidence in the government, citing the results of a poll conducted by the Yomiuri Shimbun on September 3–4, just after Noda Yoshihiko became prime minister. Asked to rate the response of various organs and groups to the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, only 6% gave the government a positive assessment. The National Diet’s posi…
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