@_hm, logically speaking, Olympics and nuclear issues should be discussed separately. But if the government is using their ambition to host Olympics to deflect people's attention on nuke issues (worse, if they are willing to say anything like "the nuclear cleanup issues will be resolved by 2020"), well, we need to connect the two, and ask questions.
@rich.pell, thanks for sharing a list of interesting URLs. They will surely come handy for anyone with an agenda to promote nuclear power. Just to be clear, I am neutral about nuclear power plants, and i don't consider my writing about Fukushima 'fear mongering.' There are so many unknowns about what's going on in and around Fukushima right now. To declare the safety of anything in fukushima in such a derministic way ( as shown in your links) strikes me premature. A reporter in me tells me to probe further than take sides.
Talking on olympics association, the news doing rounds here in india that indian olympics association has been banned because the corrupted and chargesheeted members of the association do not want to leave and want to fight elections again. Such is the irony that they cannot see that with their selfish behavior the whole sports morale for olympics is going bleak.
But concern is there. I just went to buy wakame, which is where I get my salt and iodine, and it's all marked down by half (Miyagi produce). I passed on it, as I have been on cucumbers, tomatoes, etc from Fukushima and elsewhere in Tohoku. I hate having to do that. I don't want to make farmers and fishermen up there doubly damaged, but since even the NRA does not know (and Tanaka said this) what's going into the sea, I see no other choice. And I certainly do not trust the state sampling of produce. Too many lies.
Good luck (I don't mean that, of course) to Abe on his TPP and restart objectives. I read his "Towards a New Country" and found it packed with learning about pensions. He realized he screwed up last time, and I guess got the Coles Notes on pensiions. But there are only 4 mentions of energy and ICT in the entire book. The guy is always fighting the last, lost war, head turned back, walking into another minefield.
@andrewdewit, thanks for your kind words and your observation of the Japanese press reporting the nuke issue.
But once you are away from it all for a while and come back to Japan, it comes as a real shock, especially when you hear the drum beat of coverage and discussion on 2020 Olympics -- but not enough drum beat of questions and skepticism about cleanup mess in Fukushima. Maybe I am circling among the wrong friends and families!
Thanks for your on-going efforts giving us a window into this horrible situation for your country -- and us all. You remind me we are still learning how to deal withy this nuclear Pandora, and you ngive me a great example of caring for parents.