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Nuclear Cleanup Faces ‘NIMBY’ Challenge via The Wall Street Journal

In handling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, Japan has gotten help from American scientists and imported American robots. Now comes a popular American phrase: NIMBY.

Japan is trying to get around the NIMBY problem by planning to move the contaminated waste from one place to another. The government has asked each municipality to store its own contaminated waste for now until it comes up with an “interim” storage facility. In the meantime, it will debate the more sensitive issue of where to store the waste permanently.

Over the weekend, the government came up with a roadmap saying it will determine in the next year and a half where the “interim” storage facilities will be, and start transferring the waste to these facilities by the beginning of 2015. But loud voices saying “NIMBY” are expected.

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