• Tue. May 28th, 2024

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Charity Flea Market for Tohoku November 17 (Tokyo): volunteer, shop, help :D

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すので予定を空けておいてくださいね!(日本語の紹介は記事末) IMA welcomes everyone, children and adults to join in the fun and festivities and help IMA raise money for a number of projects to support the people of Tohoku whose lives were shattered by the great earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disasters of 3/11. A full description of the day’s events can be found on this Facebook page.  The Flea Market venue is in downtown Okachimachi– 2-26-8 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0016.

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://www.katsushika-network.com/
20% りんご野 http://ringono.com/
20% Enije http://enijeproject.com/
40% IMA http://www.intrepidmodeladventures.com/


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