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Memories of Fukushima crisis rapidly fading, warn civic groups via Japan Today

The memories of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have been rapidly fading in Japan, making it difficult to grasp what is actually happening in the area, civic groups warn.

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“Eight years after the incident, Fukushima is paid less attention to and this makes us less willing to say we’re living while being concerned about radiation,” said Noriko Tanaka of nonprofit organization Mothers’ Radiation Lab Fukushima.

The government has lifted evacuation orders in many towns and villages surrounding the plant ahead of 2020 when Tokyo will host the Olympics and Paralympics, complicating the efforts to correctly understand the situation of Fukushima, said Japan Platform, a consortium of humanitarian nongovernmental organizations that organized the event.

Kaori Suzuki, another member of Mothers’ Radiation Lab, said she feels “divisions” in the affected families and communities over job and income security as well as their awareness of risks from radiation.

Suzuki warned that such gaps could possibly lead to differences among parents in seriousness about protecting their children, urging public institutions to pay close attention and make sure that “all children are protected equally.”

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