FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

FUKUSHIMA: Lives on the LineSupplementary Materials293July 31● The World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs is held in Fukushima City. It is the first time that the prefecture has hosted the conference since the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The conference calls for “abandoning nuclear power.”August 4● The opening ceremony of Fukushima Soubun (annual All-Japan High School Cultural Festival) is held at the Aizu Fuga-do Hall in Aizuwakamatsu. Approximately 350 students from Fukushima perform a component drama titled “A Message from Fukushima,” which explored the theme of reconstruction. The event is attended by Prince Akishino, his wife Princess Kiko, and their second daughter Princess Kako.August 6● The All-Japan Senior High School Baseball Championship Tournament is held at Hanshin Koshien Stadium. The school representing Fukushima, Seiko Gakuin, wins 5-4 against Nichinan Gakuen (Miyazaki) in the tenth inning in the extra time of the third game.August 8● The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon visits Fukushima and meets Governor Yuhei Sato. In addition to visiting the evacuation shelters in Fukushima City, he conducts an exchange of opinions with high-school students studying at satellite schools.August 9● The government’s Nuclear Disaster Response Headquarters decide on a policy to completely remove the emergency evacuation preparation orders for the zones designated as such provided that “Recovery Plans” including policies on decontamination and recovery of infrastructure are formulated. August 10● As data on the rice market are announced, Fukushima rice yields fall by 82,900 tons. Owing to a decrease in the cultivation area resulting from the earthquake and nuclear accident, rice yields are predicted to have fallen to 356,200 tons, which is 82,900 tons less than that in the previous year. August 11● Fukushima Prefecture formally decides the “Vision for Reconstruction” based on the basic principle of “abandoning nuclear power.” It is the first time that a local government where nuclear power plants are located has opposed nuclear power.August 12● On day seven of the All-Japan Senior High School Baseball Championship Tournament, Seiko Gakuin loses narrowly to Kanazawa (Ishikawa) in the second inning with a score of 2-4.● The Fukushima Farmers, Forestry Workers, and Fishermen’s Rally is held by JA Group Fukushima, Fukushima Forestry Owners Association, and Fukushima Fishermen’s Association in Hibiya Park, Tokyo. More than 2,500 people involved spiritedly request for a prompt payment of compensation for damages resulting from the nuclear accident.August 15● The government decides on a basic policy for organizational reform related to nuclear safety regulations. The reform is based on the creation of a Nuclear Safety Agency, an amalgamation of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency and the Nuclear Safety Commission of the Cabinet Office, in April 2012 as an external bureau of the Ministry of the Environment.August 20● The concentration of radioactive material in contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant decreases to 1 in 50,000 with the use of new equipment, known as “Sally,” introduced for purifying contaminated water.August 21● The government presents a policy continuing the prohibition of entry into areas in the 20 km radius hazard zones with high radiation. The zone designations will not be lifted as these areas are deemed unfit for residence in the long term.August 24● A government policy to aid decontamination at schools is revealed, which abolishes the 3.8 mSv per hour radiation limit for outdoor activities at elementary schools and kindergartens and replaces it with a new limit of 1 mSvAugust 25● The government lifts the ban on the shipment of beef from Fukushima, Iwate, and Ibaraki Prefectures as safety measures such as arrangements for meat inspections are put in place. August 26● In early rice crop radiation inspections, 22 Bq of radioactive cesium, significantly lower than the safe dose stipulated in the Food Sanitation Law (500 Bq/kg), is detected in unpolished rice (brown rice) from Nihonmatsu (formerly Taihei). This is the first such instance for Fukushima rice. No radiation was detected in polished rice (white rice).● Residents living within a 3 km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant make their first temporary return home. One hundred and forty-five people from Futaba and Okuma participate. August 27● Prime Minister Naoto Kan meets with Governor Yuhei Sato stating his intention to construct an interim storage facility for radioactive waste within Fukushima. Governor Yuhei Sato expresses disagreement and suspends his answer.● Results of calculations show that the evacuated residents of contaminated areas where the amount of radiation is estimated to be 200 mSv per year may not be able to return home for more than 20 years. August 28● Shipment of beef from Fukushima resumes following the lifting of the shipment ban. Twenty-three head of cattle are transported to Fukushima Meat Distribution Center in Koriyama, where they are processed and inspected. August 29● Iitate decides a policy to construct temporary storage facilities for radioactive waste in state forests within the village. ● The first catches of skipjack tuna since the Great East Japan Earthquake are unloaded at Onahama Port in Iwaki. The haul location is shown and the safety of the catch is demonstrated.● Fukushima Prefectural Fishermen’s Association cancels coastal fishing operations (such as deep-sea trawling, small ship gill-net fishing, boat seine fishing), which they had been aiming to start in September.● Minister of Finance Yoshihiko Noda defeats Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda in the Democratic Party Leadership Election, becoming the new party leader. August 30● TEPCO announces a 29 article premium calculation and payment schedule for compensation payments for the Fukushima Daiichi June 27, 2011–August 30, 2011