Asahi Shimbun Japanese version reported that Yamada, the governor of Kyoto prefecture paid a secret visit to the small town of Kyotamba on March 28, in order to ask its mayor to accept incinerated radioactive waste and dispose of it, on the basis that the incinerator output would be better monitored there and that Kyotamba has 9 hectares of land as well as a river where to dump radioactive ashes. The mayor replied that he would think about the proposal positively, which is a way to acknowledge agreement provided that the brown envelope is fat enough.
Actual incineration would take place in undisclosed facilities in Kyoto prefecture, such as in Maizuru, Kyoto and Kameoka. Governor Yamada makes no secret about his plan to accept radioactive waste for incineration, but every move he makes towards its implementation is undemocratic and behind the scenes, a strategy also used by Goshi Hosono, the Minister of Environment who is pushing for nationwide spread of radioactive contamination. (Updated on 2012/04/10)
Kyotamba is about 35 kilometers from Kyoto city. Its location in the Kannon Pass, a valley north-west of the city, makes it perfect for winds to blow radioactive fallout from the incinerator first on Nantan and Kameoka, then on Muko and Nagaokakyo, to spread over all Kyoto city and further out to Osaka and Nara. Kyotamba population fell 25% in the last 40 years and its elderly population is even higher than the rest of Japan. Kyotamba is also an agricultural producer and it actually provides most of Kyoto dairy food, vegetables, cattle and even some wine known as Tamba wine. Clearly, once incineration begins in Kyotamba, then local Kyoto food will become contaminated with radioactivity. Actually, when this happens, other places in south-west Japan will have followed suit and it will be time to leave Japan and boycott all Japanese food. Australian Hawkesbury City in New South Wales is Kyotamba twin city and would do well not to accept any poisoned gift when this happens.
A Japanese blogger translated a Sankei Shimbun news article on March 24 where governor Yamada declared that he would secretly incinerate radioactive waste once he will have taken the decision (his post is reproduced below). When I was in Kyoto this week, a stinky air floated above every place I visited and I wondered if he had not indeed started to incinerate it. At any rate, Yamada surely moved stealthily in Kyotamba. Kyoto population successfully prevented the incineration of radioactive wood from Tohoku during the Gozan no Okuribi ceremony on August 16, 2011. Giant Japanese kanji ideograms are burnt on mountain tops around the city each year to show the return path to visiting deceased souls. Yamada knows that the population will rise up again if he moves in the open, so he stays in the shade.
Final arrangements are being taken and once mayors will have received reassurances of safety, they will move quickly forward, according to Japanese newspapers. These reassurances are merely whitewash paperwork, as recently produced for the nuclear power plant in Oi nearby, and do not prove anything, but they establish a responsibility for future compensation by the government. Although the restart of nuclear power plants may wait until this summer elections as mentioned in SurvivalJapan earlier post, since incineration do not involve directly future candidates to the prime minister position but merely mayors of outback decaying yet vital small towns, it might start with the beginning of the new fiscal year on April 1st.
Ex-SKF – Governor of Kyoto on Disaster Debris: “We May Not Tell Residents”
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Sankei Shinbun reports (3/24/2012):
がれき非公表処分の可能性 山田知事示唆 京都
Kyoto Governor Yamada indicates disaster debris may be disposed without the public informed
山 田啓二知事は２３日の記者会見で、東日本大震災で発生した災害廃棄物（震災がれき）の広域処理について「（がれきを受け入れる）地元が非公表での処理を望 むなら、意向を踏まえなければならない」と述べた。平成１６年に府内で鳥インフルエンザの感染が発生した際の焼却処分と同様、施設などを明らかにせずにが れき処理を行う可能性を示唆したものだ。
Governor Keiji Yamada commented during the press conference on March 23 on the wide-area disposal of disaster debris from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and said “If the local authority (accepting the debris) want to proceed without telling the residents, we should oblige”, indicating he might proceed with the debris disposal like the Kyoto government had done in 2004 during the bird flu infection when the disposal by incineration was carried out without identifying which facility would do the incineration.
About Maizuru City, which has already pledged cooperation in debris disposal, the governor said “We want to carry out the test to prove safety”, and said he would visit the city and explain the safety to the city’s residents.
When politicians like him say “地元” (=locals), they mean the local government and heads of the neighborhood associations. It doesn’t mean residents.
Maizuru City is located on the coast on the Japan Sea. A beautiful, ancient town with the first evidence of human settlement 10,000 years ago. The current mayor Ryozo Tatami is a medical doctor.
Governor of Kyoto Keiji Yamada is a Tokyo University graduate (law) and a former career bureaucrat (today’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications).
Not that Sankei Shinbun cares. It decidedly do not care, as it has been calling the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident as “radiation leak”, and its editors and columnists routinely excoriate anyone who disagree with the national government policies of spreading contaminated vegetables and contaminated debris.