FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

FUKUSHIMA: Lives on the LineSupplementary Materials2972012January 4● Speaking at a New Year press conference, Governor Yuhei Sato announces a policy to introduce a system where, starting with 2012 rice outputs, producers and distributors conduct total radiation dose inspections of their rice.January 8● Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reveals a policy to begin compensation payments to residents of 23 municipalities who evacuated of their own accord by the end of March. January 15● Nihonmatsu announces that radiation exceeding outdoor levels was detected inside an apartment in Wakamiya. Stone from a quarry in Namie, Tsushima, a planned evacuation zone, had been used during construction of the building.January 17● Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s investigation reveals that ready-mixed concrete made from macadam shipped from Namie, Tsushima had been used at almost 1000 locations.● Prince and Princess Hitachi visit temporary housing in Fukushima City, where Iitate residents are living.January 18● TEPCO agrees to compensate Fukushima Prefecture with 25 billion yen for Prefectural Health Examinations according to the intermediary guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Dispute Reconciliation Committee.● A memorial service for 24 Fukushima firefighters who died in the line of duty during the tsunami is held in Minamisoma.January 20● Fukushima Prefecture announces that the estimated population of the prefecture as of January 1 was 1,982,991. The population fell by 44,147 in the previous year. January 21● Ministry of the Environment’s Fukushima Environment Restoration Office opens in Fukushima City.January 22● The government establishes a policy to provide 43 billion yen to Fukushima Prefecture in order to compensate residents of the Kennan (Southern Fukushima) and Aizu areas who fall outside the scope of compensation for residents who evacuated of their own accord.January 26● Ministry of the Environment announces decontamination work schedules for eleven municipalities in hazard zones and planned evacuation zones. January 31● Kawauchi Mayor Yuko Endo makes a “Village Returnee Declaration.”February 2● Fukushima Prefecture announces the original draft budget for fiscal year 2012, of which 725.5 billion yen, almost half the total, was allocated to dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake and nuclear disasters. The general account expenditure is 1.58 trillion yen, the highest yet.February 3● Fukushima Prefecture publishes the final results of emergency testing for radioactive material on the rice produced in 2011. The focal amount of 100–500 Bq was found in twelve municipalities and 56 former municipalities. February 4● The Act on Special Measures for Fukushima Reconstruction and Recovery, which is currently being submitted to the Diet, is presented at the Fukushima Reconstruction and Recovery Council. February 6● An entrance ceremony is held at the Prefectural Police Academy for the 350 officers seconded from the Metropolitan Police Department and 21 Prefectural Police Departments. They have been nicknamed the “Ultra Police Force.”February 8● The government consolidates its policy of allocating part of the emergency fund for prefectures affected by the nuclear disaster (provisional name) to households and individuals. This should bring some benefits to the Kennan (Southern Fukushima) and Aizu areas of the prefecture. ● Spa Resort Hawaiians in Iwaki resumes full business operations for the first time in around 11 months. February 10● The Reconstruction Agency becomes operational with a Reconstruction Bureau in Fukushima City and branches in Minamisoma and Iwaki. February 11● After being forced to scale back the event last year, it was decided by an executive committee that the Soma Nomaoi Festival, which is nationally designated as an important intangible folk cultural property, will once again be held on the traditional scale over three days on July 28, 29, and 30.February 12● Reconstruction Minister Tatsuo Hirano visits the prefecture for the first time since his appointment. He visits the Iwaki branch of the Fukushima Reconstruction Bureau.February 13● The quota of students for full-time selection phase II (achievement tests) of the Prefectural High School entrance exams this spring is 10,833. ● This number is higher than originally planned because the number of students accepted during phase I, from schools such as the satellite schools in the Soso district established after the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, did not fill the quota set by the Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education.● The government has approved, among others, the “Second Comprehensive Special Business Plan” submitted by TEPCO and has decided upon additional support amounting to 689.4 billion yen in compensation for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Yukio Edano, has shown that he intends to control the management rights. ● In response to the news that temperature gauges at the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel in Unit 2 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been showing rising temperatures, TEPCO announces that “almost all wiring connecting the temperature gauges is disconnected and it is likely that the device has malfunctioned.” TEPCO submitted a report to Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency on the 16th. ● Katsurao, a village which was completely evacuated, announces a “Recovery Vision,” which states that they intend to return to the village together while maintaining their bonds. February 14● In anticipation of the return of residents to twelve municipalities, including those within the evacuation zone, the prefecture distributes personal dosimeters to approximately 50,000 November 27, 2011–February 14, 2012