Fukushima Anniversary SPECIAL – Signs outside the Fukushima Exclusion Zone.  In 2019, total of 26 English caution signs were placed in 12 places in exclusion zones to prevent foreigners from trespassing in radioactive areas. YouTubers and the Netflix show “Dark Tourism” have trespassed in high radiation areas and illegally entered shops and homes, prompting the local authorities to post signage in English.
(Photo courtesy of U. G. Kaneko)

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Takeshi Yamakawa of Tokyo Shimbun stands next to a sign on Route 253 near Namie that says, “Exclusion zone: do not enter.”  A mega-solar farm built on abandoned farms is on the other side of the highway fence.  (Photo courtesy of U.G. Kaneko)

  • Yuji Kaneko is Nuclear Hotseat’s Voices from Japan investigative reporter.  He has gone to Fukushima numerous times to learn the truth about what is happening there.  Today, through a travel diary he kept, we’ll gain first-hand insights into radiation problems and how government funds have been used in the Exclusion Zone.  

Takeshi Yamakawa of Tokyo Shimbun shows that the air dose level inside a greenhouse in Iitate Village is 0.433 μSv/hour, nearly twice as high as the government standard for outdoors of 0.23 μSv/hour. 
(Photo courtesy of U. G. Kaneko)

Takeshi Yamakawa of Tokyo Shimbun (black hair) and Iitate Village resident Nobuyoshi Ito (grey hair). Outdoor radiation air dose at this location in Iitate is 0.631 μSv/hour, almost 3x higher than the government limit of 0.23 μSv/hour. (Photo courtesy of U. G. Kaneko)

Takeshi Yamakawa of Tokyo Shimbun (black hair) and Iitate Village resident Nobuyoshi Ito (grey hair) conduct experiments on the uptake of cesium in farm products in Iitate Village.  
(Photo courtesy of U. G. Kaneko)

                          March 3, 2020 Press Conference
               at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan:

     “Radioactive Hotspots along Olympic Torch Relay Route”  

Press conference participants (l-r): Kazumasa Aoki, Vice President of the Radioactivity Monitoring Center for Citizen; Nobuyoshi Ito, an Iitate Village Resident; and Jun Nakamura, Co-Chairman of the Fukuichi Area Environmental Radiation Monitoring Project.

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