Survivors, evacuees just want results

Kyodo

Survivors of the March 11 disasters had mixed feelings Friday about Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s first Cabinet and are hoping the new leader won’t fail them at a time when thousands are still struggling to get back on their feet.

Emiko Yoshida, a 62-year-old resident of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, which hosts the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant, said she was relieved by Noda’s decision to retain Goshi Hosono as minister in charge of the nuclear crisis.

“I was worried that if a new nuclear crisis minister was named, it would take time for him to grasp the situation and thus delay the response to the accident,” said Yoshida, who fled her home and is taking refuge in a hotel elsewhere in the prefecture.

Meanwhile, Michiyo Suzuki, 38, urged Hosono to better inform and consult residents about the government’s plan to build a temporary storage facility there for radiation-contaminated soil and debris.

Suzuki also was forced to flee because her home is located about 3 km from the radiation-leaking plant.