FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

FUKUSHIMA: Lives on the LineSupplementary Materials295September 29● A population change report based on basic resident registrations between June and August, published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, shows that Fukushima is the only one among the three devastated prefectures to have experienced excessive outward migration. 7828 people migrated out of the prefecture.September 30● The government simultaneously lifts all emergency evacuation preparation orders for zone designated as such in five municipalities. The government and Fukushima Prefecture dispatch staff and decontamination experts to municipalities to support the return of residents. October 10● Ministry of the Environment formulates a basic policy to decontaminate areas where the amount of radiation exceeds 1 mSv per year using government funding. The original policy to conduct decontamination focusing on locally high-radiation areas with up to 5 mSv is revoked. October 12● Upon completion of examinations of rice, Fukushima Prefecture announces that levels of radioactive cesium in all samples were lower than the safe dose stipulated in the Food Sanitation Law (500 Bq/kg). All areas of 48 municipalities where rice was planted this year are now able to ship their produce. Governor Yuhei Sato issues a declaration of safety. October 20● A request for decommissioning of all ten nuclear reactors in Fukushima, including those at the TEPCO Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, is accepted unanimously in the final plenary session of the September Regular Prefectural Assembly. Governor Yuhei Sato suggests a policy to create a Fukushima Reconstruction Plan based on decommissioning of all nuclear reactors.October 21● The government decides on the third revised budget, which includes a government spending of 12.1025 trillion, aiming for full-scale reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The total budget amount after this revision is a record 106.3987 trillion yen.October 27● Cabinet Office’s Food Safety Commission publishes a report evaluating the effects of internal radiation from radioactive materials contained in food products and states “health effects occur when the lifetime cumulative dose exceeds 100 mSv.” The report is forwarded to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Upon receiving the report, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare issues a policy that tightens radiation limits for food products.October 29● Ministry of the Environment announces a work schedule stating that interim storage facilities for contaminated waste from decontamination processes will be provided within the prefecture for approximately three years. Contaminated waste will then be disposed of outside the prefecture within 30 years of being stored. October 31● The regulatory closure date for primary and secondary evacuation shelters within the prefecture arrives; however, owing to delays in the construction of temporary housing, 300 people remain in the shelters.● Belarus–Ukraine Investigation Group from Fukushima, mainly consisting of individuals from universities and governing bodies within Fukushima, departs for Ukraine. The group will visit the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on November 4 to inspect the post-accident conditions there. November 1● The National Tax Agency announces the adjustment coefficient for roadside land prices in 2011. The coefficient for TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident evacuation areas is set to zero, and inheritance and donation taxes are exempted. ● The Nuclear Safety Commission’s Working Group agrees to increase the radius for the selective implementation of disaster prevention measures against nuclear accidents from 8–10 km to 30 km. The target radius for sheltering indoors and using iodine tablets is newly designated as 50 km.November 6● The Tibetan Buddhist Leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner the 14th Dalai Lama conducts lectures at Nihon University Faculty of Engineering in Koriyama and delivers a message to people suffering in Fukushima. November 7● Futaba decides to form a defense council to negotiate with TEPCO so that residents of Futaba can independently claim compensation for damages. This is the first time a defense council has been formed by the governing body of an evacuation area.November 10● Local elections delayed owing to the Great East Japan Earthquake get underway. Eighty-eight candidates run for 58 seats. November 12● The government and TEPCO open the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to reporters for the first time since the accident. Plant Manager Masao Yoshida apologizes, stating “I would like to offer my sincere apologies for the inconvenience and trouble caused to the people of Fukushima by the accident at the power plant.”November 14● As part of Fukushima Prefecture’s Health Management Survey, a prefecture wide mobile thyroid inspection of approximately 360,000 children who are 18 years of age or younger begins in Kawamata.November 16● Fukushima Prefecture announces that 630 Bq of radioactive cesium, exceeding the safe dose stipulated in the Food Sanitation Law (500 Bq/kg), is detected in unpolished rice (brown rice) from the Onami district of Fukushima City. Producers and distributors in the district are requested by the city to restrict shipment of this year’s rice produce. November 17● The government instructs Fukushima Prefecture to discontinue the shipment of this year’s rice crop from the Onami district of Fukushima City for the time being. This is the first case of shipment restrictions on rice since the nuclear accident.November 18● King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan visit Soma. They participate in a memorial service in the disaster-stricken area and communicate with young students. November 20● Voting begins in fourteen electoral zones—excluding five nonvoting zones where seven members returned to office—for the 58 local elections delayed owing to the earthquake. The turnout of 47.51% was the lowest in history. The election for Futaba was held in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture.● The Iwaki City team, including Ryuji Kashiwabara, is victorious in the 23rd Fukushima Ekiden (long-distance relay race). November 25● The government’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters designates additional 33 locations (37 households) as advisory evacuation zones—20 locations in Minamisoma (22 households) and 13 in Date (15 households). November 27● In response to the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) advises the government and prefecture that “dialogue with residents is vital for the decontamination and reconstruction of August 30, 2011–November 27, 2011