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26 September, 2017

Responsibility for Explaining the Unknowable

"The situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station is so serious!"
"People are sick because of radioactivity."

Dr. Sae OchiSae Ochi, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. Lecturer, Department of Laboratory Medicine, The Jikei University School of Medicine Attending Physician, Soma Central Hospital On September 15, those were the top two articles from a Google Japan search in Japanese for "Fukushima" plus "radioactivity." Objective data, including a map of radioactivity distributions, was third. I cannot but feel that unfounded fears and rumors about Fukushima remain firmly rooted. And speaking out against them—about the calm recognition of facts and correct knowledge—is not enough to eliminate the vague sense of terror associated with Fukushima. That is what we have learned over the past seven years. No matter how they are explained, and no matter how easy they are to understand, ‘facts’ cannot always be conveyed. Tha...more
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