IMA, a Tokyo-based group that welcomes volunteers of all ages, Japanese and international, will sponsor an autumn flea market, bake sale and a full day of workshops on 11/17.１１月１７日、IMAのフリーマーケット第二弾がありま
Eat some food, or volunteer and bring some, find some cool stuff, make a small contribution to the people of Tohoku. It’s a good way to spend a Sunday.
Cynthia Popper, journalist, has written more on her blog post about the event. JSRC would like to thank her for bringing it to our attention.
The situation in Fukushima
Two international NGOs which compiled a list of the worst polluted areas in 49 low- and medium-income countries included a note on Fukushima, a recently published report showed. The New York-based NGO Blacksmith Institute and Zurich-based Green Cross Switzerland said that Fukushima was “one of the worst” nuclear accidents in the world, pointing out the ongoing radioactive material leaks in the air and in the underground water.
The NGOs reportedly said that the radioactive Cesium-137 released by the disaster could begin flowing into the U.S. coastal waters” in early 2014.
The groups’ Top Ten Toxic Threat Report listed Chernobyl in Ukraine, Kalimantan and the Citarum River in Indonesia and Hazaribagh in Bangladesh as among the world’s worst polluted places in 2013.
Meanwhile, the evacuees of the Fukushima region are very unlikely to return to their homes. The government promised it will state that areas where annual radiation dosage exceed 50 millisieverts are uninhabitable and that it will provide financial help to residents from these areas to find housing elsewhere. Zones where return is “difficult” would apply to about 25,000 residents and zones that will be lifting the evacuation orders would apply to 33,000 residents, according to the Mainichi newspaper.
From the group’s web page in Japanese:
２０％ かつしかネットワーク http://
２０％ りんご野 http://ringono.com/
２０％ Enije http://enijeproject.com/
４０％ IMA http://