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Japan’s Cleanup After a Nuclear Accident Is Denounced - NYTimes.com
"There had been high hopes about the government’s disaster reconstruction plan. It was announced four months after the March 2011 disaster, which declared Japan would draw on the most advanced decontamination know-how possible.

"But confusion over who would conduct and pay for the cleanup slowed the government response. It took nine months for the central government to decide that it would take charge of decontamination work in 11 of the heaviest-contaminated towns and cities in Fukushima, leaving the rest for local governments to handle."

yep.
oh wait, there's this little nut:

"'Even if a method works overseas, the soil in Japan is different, for example,' said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director at the environment ministry, who is in charge of the Fukushima cleanup. 'And if we have foreigners roaming around Fukushima, they might scare the old grandmas and granddads there.'"

welp.
hiroko_tabuchi  nytimes  japan  fukushima  cleanup  environment  disaster  nuclear_plant  2013  2011  2012  2010s  contamination  criticism  technology 
january 2013 by cluebucket

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