I still don't know why the government is promoting
the burning of debris all over Japan. Today PM Noda
will demand that cities nationwide accept radiation
contaminated debris from the Tohoku region.
As long as the ash radiation is 8000 beckerel/kg,
cities can be called upon to serve as landfill, which
the government declares is safe. Pre-3/11, any
radiated material had been closely monitored and
restricted--basically, forbidden to leave the site.
Now, the safer places of Japan will be subject to
contamination, and it may affect neighboring
countries and, in the end, the whole globe. The
majority of Japanese people are against this policy,
despite the government investing, it is said, 9 million
dollars--including TV commercials and centerfold
ads in major newspapers-- in a campaign to emotionally
sway citizens to support it. It's a bit like blackmail.
To say no to burning debris is, by the government's lights,
an act of cold-hearted sabotage against the people of
Tohoku. This strategy seems to be working.