FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

292Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in the high-priority areas of Namie, Iitate, and the Yamakiya district of Kawamata. Ten residents of Namie undergo internal radiation examinations at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Chiba City.● TEPCO resumes full-scale operation of the system for processing heavily contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and begins “circulating injection cooling”; however, the work is interrupted after 90 minutes when a water leakage from a pipe is discovered. June 30● The government’s Nuclear Disaster Response Headquarters designate 104 locations in four districts of Ryozen and Tsukidate in Date (113 households, 106 houses) with locally high levels of radiation as advisory evacuation “hot spots.”July 1● The National Tax Agency announces 2011 roadside land prices (for January 1), which are used to calculate inheritance and donation taxes. The agency will provide tax relief measures using an “adjustment coefficient” that reflects the depreciation due to the earthquake for disaster-stricken areas such as Fukushima Prefecture.● According to the Electricity Business Act, limits on the use of electricity begin in areas serviced by TEPCO and Tohoku Electric Power Co. July 2● The minister in charge of nuclear accidents Goshi Hosono states that the emergency evacuation preparation zone orders will not be lifted until “the risk of hydrogen (nuclear) explosion has disappeared” and that the goal of “Step 1” is to safely cool the nuclear reactors.July 3● A memorial service is held in Minamisoma, where 589 people lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake—the highest death toll in the prefecture. Around 1000 people pay their respects. July 5● TEPCO announces that they will make a basic payment of 300,000 yen per resident as a second compensation amount to those evacuated because of the nuclear accident. Payment is to begin in July.● Reconstruction Minister Ryu Matsumoto announces his resignation after stating that “the government will not help those without ideas” upon his visit to both Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures. He is replaced by Senior Vice Minister Tatsuo Hirano, who was the Vice Minister for Reconstruction. July 8● The government’s Nuclear Disaster Response Headquarters reveals a policy to designate parts of Minamisoma as advisory evacuation zones.● The Vision for Reconstruction in Fukushima Investigative Commission and the Prefectural Assembly Special Committee for the Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery and Reconstruction make proposals to Governer Yuhei Sato. They request that “abandoning nuclear power” is included in the basic policy. July 11● The government consolidates opinion on the resumption of operations at nuclear power plants and announces new safety evaluation rules. This represents a move toward implementing a two-level system based on the stress test introduced in various European countries. July 14● Fukushima Prefecture announces that beef cattle ranches in Asakawa had been feeding cattle with rice straw containing high levels of radioactive cesium. Forty-two head of cattle had been shipped. July 15● Fukushima Prefecture drafted the “Ten-Year Vision for Reconstruction” based on the basic principle of “abandoning nuclear power.”● Aquamarine Fukushima in Onahama, Iwaki City reopens on the anniversary of its opening. It announces that a baby spotted seal was named “Kibo” (hope).July 19● In response to the problem surrounding the beef cattle that had been fed rice straw containing radioactive cesium and shipped from within the prefecture, the government instructs Fukushima to discontinue all shipping of cattle from within the prefecture.July 20● Many national elementary and junior high schools hold their closing ceremonies. Children receiving report cards at schools in evacuation destinations also attend. July 21● The government presents a policy implementing recovery and reconstruction operations, both nationally and locally, totaling at least 23 trillion yen over the next ten years. The policy plans to invest approximately 80% of this amount (19 trillion yen) in the concentrated reconstruction period of the first five years.● The government’s Nuclear Disaster Response Headquarters designate 57 locations in four districts of Minamisoma (59 households) as nuclear accident advisory evacuation zones. This is the second such case after Date.July 22● Plans are revealed for a total of 557 primary evacuation shelters and secondary evacuation shelters (guesthouses and hotels) to discontinue services at the end of August and to completely shut down at the end of October. This will be decided during meetings with prefectural and municipal disaster prevention chiefs.● The Minister for Land, Infrastructure and Transport Akihiro Ohata reveals intentions to complete the Tohoku-Chuo Expressway between Fukushima and Soma within the next ten years. July 23● The “Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction: Soma-Nomaoi Festival” (Soma Wild Horse Chase) gets underway. The event is held on a scale smaller than that in previous years.July 24● Special Committee for Prefectural Health Care Research and Examination formulates the outline of the Prefectural Health Management Survey. The survey includes thyroid function and other tests for 360,000 children who were 18 years or younger at the time of the accident. July 25● Two laws related to the 2011 second supplementary budget of 1.9988 trillion yen to financially assist victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake are approved and enacted by the House of Councilors. July 26● The Prince and Princess visit Fukushima for the first time since the earthquake and give words of encouragement to evacuees at Big Palette Fukushima and at the temporary housing in Koriyama.July 28● The special amendment bill to further postpone local elections from September 22 to December 31 for areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake is approved in a plenary session of the House of Representatives.● Seiko Gakuin defeats Sukagawa 4-0 in the final of the All-Japan Senior High School Baseball Championship Tournament in Fukushima. It is the eighth victory and an unprecedented five-year winning streak for the senior high school. Earthquake Disaster Document