FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

294nuclear disaster. The upper expense limit for evacuation instructed by the government is 5000 yen per person per occurrence for transport expenses and 8000 yen per night for accommodation costs. ● Yoshihiko Noda of the Democratic Party becomes the 95th Prime Minister of Japan and the 62nd person to take the post in the nomination election for prime minister in a plenary session of the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors.August 31● The evacuation shelter closing ceremony is held at Big Palette Fukushima in Koriyama as primary evacuation shelters undergo regulatory closure as indicated by Fukushima Prefecture. Three hundred and forty people were left at ten shelters.● Fukushima Prefecture announces that the estimated population of Fukushima on July 1, according to basic resident registers, was 1,997,400. This is the first time the population has dropped below two million since June 1978, 33 years ago.September 1● The Tokyo office of the government’s “Nuclear Damage Compensation Dispute Resolution Center,” responsible for settlement and mediation between TEPCO and victims in response to the nuclear accident, begins accepting applications. The center receives a rush of telephone requests.September 2● Former Minister of State for National Policy Koichiro Genba (representing Fukushima 3rd District in the House of Representatives) becomes the Noda Cabinet’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. It is the second time a Fukushima representative has become the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 31 years after the late Masayoshi Ito. September 4● Izumi Yoshida of the Democratic Party (representing Fukushima 5th District in the House of Representatives) is unofficially appointed as Parliamentary Secretary of Finance and Section Chief of Fukushima Local Response Headquarters, which functions under the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Headquarters. ● Akihabara (Tokyo) hosts the Hula Girls Koshien (National High School Girls Hula Championship) for the first time. Thirteen schools from around Japan participate. Onahama and Iwaki General win excellence awards.September 8● Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda visits Fukushima to conduct regional inspections for the first time since being elected, stating his idea of creating a fund for reconstruction purposes.● Fukushima Election Administration Council announces that local elections are postponed owing to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster will begin from November 10, with a vote on November 20.September 10● Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoshio Hachiro resigns following comments stating that municipalities near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants were “towns of death” and that he could “contaminate” a reporter with radiation.September 11● An international conference of radiology and radiation protection experts from fourteen countries and belonging to two international organizations is held at Fukushima Medical University. Participants discuss “the necessity for scientists and members of the medical profession to do their very best to explain the effects of radioactivity to residents.”September 12● According to the Internal Radiation Dose section of the Prefectural Health Management Survey of 3373 residents of Namie, Iitate, and Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture concludes that “the amount of radiation is not large enough to affect anyone’s health.”September 13● Kawauchi makes public its recovery plan, a prerequisite for the removal of emergency evacuation preparation zone designations. The plan indicates a policy that allows residents to return home from February to March 2012. It is the first time for any of the five municipalities involved in the zone designations to indicate a time period for returning home.● Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency Chief Hiroyuki Fukano explains about the nuclear accident at the Prefectural Assembly Member Conference. He admits that not utilizing “SPEEDI,” the network system that predicts releases of radioactive material during emergencies, was a mistake. September 15● Addressing the situation at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant (towns of Naraha and Tomioka), Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano states “I don’t think that the understanding of the locals can be gained,” indicating that decommissioning of the nuclear reactors is inevitable.● Fukushima Board of Education announces that as of next year, out of the ten satellite high schools, Haramachi and Soma Agricultural High Schools will return to the original school locations and Futaba, Futaba Shoyo, and Tomioka (excluding International Sports courses) will be amalgamated into a single satellite school at Iwaki Meisei University.September 17● Day four of “Live Fukushima: Kaze to Rock Super Nomaoi” is held in Koriyama. Approximately 15,000 people visit with performances from Toshiyuki Nishida, Masaharu Fukuyama, and Masami Nagasawa. September 19● The “Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants Rally,” a call for denuclearization by writer Kenzaburo Oe, is held in Meiji Park, Tokyo. The number of participants is approximately 60,000 according to the information released by the host. This is the largest rally since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. September 23● 500 Bq per kilogram of radioactive cesium is detected in rice from one district of Obama, Nihonmatsu in preliminary radioactivity examinations of regular Fukushima produced rice. Fukushima Prefecture designates a city as a priority examination zone for the first time. Three hundred locations are to be investigated.September 24● The closing ceremony for the primary evacuation shelter at Azuma General Gymnasium in Fukushima City takes place. Evacuees left before September 23. Up to 2500 people had been housed at the facility since its opening on March 13.Earthquake Disaster Document