• Shibata, Niigata


Regarding the front-page June 11 article “Housing still scarce three months after disaster“: This is another good article, but it should be noted that it may be a while before people in the Fukushima region realize that many of them will not be able to return to their neighborhoods in their lifetimes.

This is particularly true if and when another nuclear event takes place in the region during the next 10 years of “cleanup,” since no watertight plan exists to deal with all the issues ahead.

Nobody has even thought to double or triple the size of the protective sea barriers that were ineffective against the March 11 tsunami and earthquake.

What happens if another big earthquake hits now, and another tsunami the same size?

How much radiation would spread out into the air, sea and land? Who would want to go back to that, even as Tokyo undergoes a panic attack?

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

colin hargreaves

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