[Excerpted] FUKUSHIMA -- As local municipalities face delays in the construction of
storage facilities for radioactively contaminated soil, residents here
are being forced to store the soil on their own properties.
Here, at the home of Tsuneo Ota, 66, a member of the Yamagiwa
residential community, a sheet spread 3 meters wide, 4 meters deep and 1
meter high covers about 100 plastic cases of contaminated soil in his
garden."I didn't think it would get this big," he says.
...Another reason the soil could not be buried underground was that the
Yamagiwa community has a lot of water in the ground -- enough to be
considered an area susceptible to mudslides. To bury contaminated soil,
residents have to dig around 1.5 meters down, but when people tried to
do this they repeatedly came across water....
I am a Professor at a large public university. I study political economy and biopolitics (the politics of life). My interests are diverse but are broadly concerned with economic, social and environmental justice. I have published 5 books: Crisis Communication, Liberal Democracy and Ecological Sustainability: The Threat of Financial and Energy Complexes in the Twenty-First Century (2016); Fukusima and the Privatization of Risk (2013); Constructing Autism (2005); Governmentality, Biopower and Everyday Life (2008/2011); Governing Childhood (2010).
I also participated in an edited collection on Fukushima: Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization (2014).