Fukushima-Sado ’Open-shut hands’ Recuperation Project
Message from the director of Ryozen Satoyama school Mr. Hisao Seki “To American friends who are sending warm hearts to Fukushima”
“To American friends who are sending warm hearts
Message from the director of Ryozen Satoyama school
Mr. Hisao Seki
About my family and the Fukushima's people
My name is Seki Hisao. I work at a non-profit promoting experiential learning about traditional and natural living, located at Ryozen town in the mountains of Fukushima.But our normal activities could not continue after the Fukushima Daiichi accident. We are living in an area of high radioactive contamination which would have undergone evacuation and resettlement if standards applied in Chernobyl were used.
We are often asked 'why don't you evacuate yourselves?'. Many of us have no option but stay here as Japanese government and the local government will not admit the human right of evacuation.
We cannot move without have any guarantee for a new job and new life. Nevertheless, my own wife and fourteen-year-old son were able to evacuate to Yonezawa city in Yamagata prefecture beginning last March (2012). Soon it will be two years since the disaster.
The government asks our Fukushima people to return home of Fukushima after decontamination work around the house and narrow the exclusion zones. But from among the many children whose thyroids were tested, many have already developed "cysts" or "nodules", which are abnormal. Such results were found in 43% of children in Fukushima city.
Family bonds are strained, as opinions are divided over the situation - to stay or leave, whether the radiation is safe or harmful. I am very worried, though, that we may see dreadful results like those following Chernobyl within a few years.
About the recuperation project, and the policy of Japanese Government
In such a situation, The recuperation and camp for recovery children's health has been supported by the grass roots citizen organizations throughout Japan. Our non-profit, the Ryozen Satoyama* School, also has started the recuperation project since 2011 at Sado Island in Niigata prefecture.
Our organization has supported about 200 children, during thirteen retreats, including other areas' recuperation projects. Honestly, we really think recuperation retreats lasting more than one month are appropriate for children who live in the radiation-contaminated areas, but the reality is that such long retreats have not been possible because of restricted school holidays and lack of funding.
In Fukushima it was reported that daikon radish which had been dried outside to make a traditional preserved food called Kiriboshi, were measured to contain 3000 becquerels/kg [3000 radioactive disintegrations per second per approx. 2 pound quantity -ed.] because the radioactive particles are drifting in the air. It really makes sense to send children to other areas for recuperation spells.
This is something that the government really should do. However, last December, the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] and the Japanese government organized a meeting, the "Global Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety",in Fukushima Prefecture. They said that there is no need to evacuate residents, and announced to the world their intention to continue to promote a 'safe' nuclear power plants in the future. We protested outside this event as we could not possibly gain admission. However, the situation did not change.
The vision how we wish to live in what kind if world
We promote many actions to protect the children as well as my own child. Sado Island is an area which fortunately is less polluted. So our recuperation projects aim to provide children's bodies respite from contamination and a chance for unworried enjoyment of nature. As a teacher, I wish to convey to children some idea of how we should live with mother earth.
I believe it's important is to have vision in such a time. I'd like to build such kind of school that people can learn how to make such a world that man and man, humans and nature would live together in cooperation.
Currently, the Japanese economy is in a severe situation. Japan is moving to prioritize the economy above all else, and in this context gearing to restart nuclear power plants and continuing to strongly promote exports of nuclear technology to foreign countries.
Until the nuclear disaster, Japan had many beautiful virtues like taking care of each other, but sadly now, Japan is taking away these virtues and questioning whether social inequality is really a bad thing. In contrast with past civilization, more and more it is regarded as an
Individual’s own responsibility if they lose a job or become homeless. This is the spirit that brought us the "Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident." Now is the time to reexamine our values,
to ask how we should live and to make a vision for the next generation.
appeal for support
I feel that the next crisis is imminent, including the problem of the No.4 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi. I wish families and all Fukushma children to escape to a safe place as soon as possible. But reality is, I can not have all that I wish.
No, people living there will ask for compensation, while they adapt to a lives of desperately searching for food low in radioactivity, wearing masks, and otherwise trying to boost immune systems with natural medicine. Recuperation retreats are not long enough, but we must do the best we can for the children under the circumstances.
Sado recuperation camp has such an aim and accords with the wishings of all parents who cannot move from Fusushima.
Please send Fukushima what you can. Any amount is gratefully appreciated.
Thank you very much for sharing with my thoughts.
Mr. Seki, Hisao, before visiting TEPCO in Tokyo 17 July 2012
address: 17 Aza Hosokura, Ryozen town ooishi,
Date city, Fukushima, Japan 〒960-0804
Donations to support the Sedo Island Recuperation Project
may be sent to the address below
【Payee Account Number】
【Name of Account Holder】Fukushima support net Sado
【Payee Address】256 Yahatamachi, Sado-city, Niigata, 952-1313, Japan
【Payee Telephone Number】
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The radiation air doses of Sado city are less than Okinawa city!
Sado city is 0.043 μSv/h
Okinawa city is 0.044 μSv/h
Air Doses of the dadiation
Sado city : http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/map/ja/area2.html city
Okinawa city: http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/map/ja/area2.htmlby Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Masayo Harada: A secretary General
"Our noprofit organization Fukushima Support Net Sado, SAPONE are supporting Fukushima's people who suffer from the radioactive exposure at the t the Sado Island on the Japan Sea."
Address: 256 Yahata town, Sado city, Niigata, Japan 〒952-1313
Hisao Seki : A secretary General
address: 17 Aza Hosokura, Ryozen town ooishi,
Date city, Fukushima, Japan 〒960-0804 http://www.date-satoyama.com/index.html