Unfortunately the larger surround has not been and dust and radiation can move through the air and water to previously cleared areas.
One of the cleared villages has a large storage area just off its borders that contains hundreds of large plastic bags filled with radioactive soil. Other radioactive materials have been removed to burners throughout Japan to be incinerated. Critics of that move point out that this simply dilutes the concentration of radioactive waste and spreads it further, contaminating even more areas.
While the world is being told that progress in the cleanup of the plant is being made, just this week a fox was caught on surveillance camera within the highly radioactive containment building. The fox later disappeared and its whereabouts is currently unknown. Tepco officials are not sure how it got into the building.
In four years the Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in Tokyo. A former ambassador to Switzerland for Japan, Mitshei Murata has pleaded with the Olympic Committee to move the Olympics as they cannot be sure that a further nuclear catastrophe will not happen.
Personally I believe, that the IOC cannot and should not take on the responsibility to plan for the Olympic games in a region where daily 7000 workers are attempting to clean up a contaminated nuclear reactor. The meltdown of three of the four reactor cores in Fukushima, where the contamination is clearly not under control and where a natural disaster as an earthquake quickly could increase the danger, in my opinion should strongly advocate restraint. Mitshei Murata
The Japanese Times
The Commission also had criticism for the Japanese government.
The report also lays into the Japanese government as its standards and policies in safety assessments and responses to severe accidents were at a lower level than in other countries - Asahi Shimbun
In spite of the ongoing crisis at Fukushima, other nuclear power stations are being scheduled to restart. The Kyushu Electric Power Company has delayed the start of its power plants at Sendai until August. Japan seems determined to continue to rely heavily on nuclear fission.
The Hiroshima Syndrome
The Asahi Shimbun
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