FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

FUKUSHIMA: Lives on the LineSupplementary Materials291from March 23 to May 29 exceeded 20 mSv.● TEPCO announces that two male workers involved in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident may have exceeded the radiation dose limit of 250 mSv. May 31● The Dispute Reconciliation Committee for Nuclear Damage Compensation administers secondary guidelines stipulating the scope of compensation for the nuclear accident. Financial damage caused by harmful rumors or misinformation related to all agricultural and marine produce for areas where shipping limits were imposed until March will fall within the scope of compensation.June 1● The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inquiry commission submits the preliminary draft of their reconnaissance report on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident to the Japanese government.June 2● The no-confidence motion against the cabinet claiming that “the government continues to stray off-course, failing to indicate clear guidelines when the country is amid crisis” put forward to the House of Representatives by the Liberal Democrat Party, the New Komeito Party, and the Sunrise Party of Japan is rejected by a majority.June 6● Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency announces evaluation results showing that there were nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Unit 1–3 Reactors.June 8● A special law is approved and established by the House of Councilors. This law delays the switch over to digital television broadcasting for Fukushima, Iwate, and Miyagi Prefectures by up to one year. June 9● Date announces the distribution of dosimeters to approximately eight thousand elementary school and kindergarten students.June 14● Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology announces that the cumulative radiation dose in Namie, Shimo-Tsushima, which is 29 km west-northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, exceeded 20 mSv between March 23 and June 13. This is the third location outside the 20 km zone to exceed the safe amount. June 15● “Vision for Reconstruction in Fukushima Investigative Commission,” the prefectural meeting of experts, formulates an amendment to their basic principles, defining its stance as “anti-nuclear.”June 16● The government’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters announces that local radiation hot spots are to be labeled as “designated advisory evacuation spots.” June 17● Prince and Princess Akishino visit Fukushima and give encouragement to evacuees at evacuation shelters in Minaminomori Sports Park in Nishiki, Iwaki. They also inspect Aquamarine Fukushima and the Tairausuiso district.June 18● The Special Committee for Prefectural Health Care Research and Examination formulates the outline of the post-earthquake health examination. Around 28,000 residents of Namie, Iitate, and the Yamakiya district of Kawamata will be prioritized. ● Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kaieda Banri confirms the completion of additional safety measures given to all nuclear power plants in Japan in light of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, and announces policy calling for an approval of the resumption of operations at nuclear power plants upon completion of periodic inspections.June 20● To assist the disaster-stricken area, the use of Highway 20 is made free for all earthquake victims.● The Reconstruction Basic Act, which stipulates the basic principles and outline for post-disaster reconstruction, is approved and established by the House of Councilors. The early establishment of the “Reconstruction Agency,” which is responsible for the implementation of this reconstruction plan, is also confirmed. ● The Dispute Reconciliation Committee for Nuclear Damage Compensation decides on the target of 100,000 yen per person, regardless of age and family structure, as compensation to be paid by TEPCO for psychological damage to residents who were evacuated upon government instruction during the six-month period following the accident.June 21● The government formulates a policy to create a “Reconstruction Grant” (tentative) for the afflicted areas such as Fukushima. June 22● Iitate establishes the “Iitate Village Hall Iino Branch” at Iino Branch Office in Fukushima City. Village leader Norio Kanno announces his goal of returning some of the residents to the village in two years.● NHK announces the production of the 2013 period drama “Yae no Sakura.” The drama is set in Fukushima and depicts the life of Yae, the wife of Doshisha University founder Joseph Hardy Neesima.June 24● Fukushima City announces the results of mass radiation level measurements for 1118 locations. Over 3 μSv per hour, which could exceed the government’s cumulative yearly dose limit for evacuation of 20 mSv, was detected at 15 locations in one part of Watari district and Iino. June 25● The government’s “Reconstruction Design Council” for the Great East Japan Earthquake decides its “Proposals for Reconstruction” and submits them to Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The proposals suggest that affected municipalities must rebuild on the basis of damage minimization principles on the assumption that mass damage will occur in the future. The proposals also emphasize a prompt examination of temporary tax (mainly core taxes) increases for the reconstruction fund.June 26● The Central Disaster Prevention Council Expert Examination Committee releases an interim report. The report states that the loss of life from the massive tsunami greatly exceeded people’s expectations and that the government should implement measures focusing on evacuation that prioritize people’s lives on the basis of the understanding that tsunamis of large amplitude will occur in the future. June 27● Governor Yuhei Sato demonstrates an “anti-nuclear” stance at the June Prefectural Meeting, stating “We should aim for a society without nuclear power.”● Prefectural health examinations begin for those affected by the April 22, 2011–June 27, 2011