By Takeshi Takazawa, Asian Access
Takeshi Takazawa (left) and Pastor Koji Kumada
Evacuation Sites Closed
For better or for worse, government-registered evacuation sites have now all been closed in northeast Japan. Out of the 330,00o former residents, over 75% moved to temporary housing; the rest had to move in with friends or relatives or completely outside of the area. Temporary housing is a pre-fab apartment, equipped for basic living. However, these units are small—one bedroom for a family of four and share a wall with another unit. Also, residents need to do everything on their own (e.g., feed themselves, do laundry and cleaning, shopping, etc.), in many cases, without transportation. Nearly everyone lost their cars in the disaster, and the location of the temporary housing units are not convenient for shopping.
By Kevin G. Verett, Short-term Participant with One Mission Society
Distributing soup to Japanese affected by the earthquake and tsunami March 11, 2011
On March 11, 2011, when I heard that a massive earthquake had struck near Japan, I turned on the news for more details. As I watched the horrible video of the powerful tsunami wave of water destroying everything in its path, I began to cry out to God for mercy and grace for the people of Japan and elsewhere that could be affected by the tsunami. My heart ached for the Japanese people. These thoughts were on my mind when I received an email on March 17 that indicated that One Mission Society (OMS) would be organizing work teams through Men for Missions (MFM) to go to Japan to help with clean-up, rebuilding and whatever else needed to be accomplished. I immediately knew in my heart that I should plan to go, so I quickly responded that I was willing to go on the trip planned for June 10-25, 2011.
After workers at the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant were hospitalized yesterday, Japan’s prime minister cited his grave concerns about the unfolding crisis. One nuclear expert believes the situation is close to the point of no return, which could mean a catastrophe larger than Chernobyl.
“This is huge,” Physicist Michio Kaku PhD, a professor at City University of New York, told David Muir on Good Morning America. “For the first time, they are using that dreaded word ‘breach,’ which represents an uncontrolled release of radiation into the environment.”
Dr. Michio Kaku on ABC
Yesterday, two workers had to be hospitalized after radioactive water burned the skin on their feet and legs, according to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA). They were injured at the Unit 3 reactor, but the Kyodo news agency said that highly radioactive water was also found at Units 1 and 2.
“Unit 3, which is suspected of containing the breach contains plutonium, the most toxic chemical known to science,” Dr. Kaku notes. “One millionth of a gram of plutonium can cause cancer if it’s ingested.”
When the Fukushima plant becomes too toxic for emergency workers and they are forced to evacuate, a relentless downward spiral begins. “If they abandon ship, we could be in free fall,” warns Dr. Kaku.