One Canadian not leaving Japan despite radiation dangers
Despite the turmoil in Japan with the threat of nuclear fallout at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, one Canadian residing in Japan says he isn't ready to flee.
"I’ve been keeping an eye on the news, and it does seem to be getting pretty bad," Dean, an English-language teacher currently in Okayama Prefecture said in an email.
"I'm going to wait a day or two more to see what happens. In the worst case scenario, I can fly to Korea or Taiwan if Canada isn’t an option."
Asked what he thought about foreign media reports about the rising radiation levels, he said, "Western news seems to be hyping up the situation, possibly because it sells more. Over here, it feels as though it’s being underplayed as to keep people from freaking out and having the whole country come to a standstill."
"It doesn’t help that different nuclear experts say different things about how severe the situation is, but I feel like it’s a lot worse than they say it is."
“It’s eerily calm,” said Aileen Mioko Smith, director of Green Action, Kyoto a in a news media teleconference entitled Japan Reactor Crisis on Monday.
US nuclear experts have voiced strong concerns that the situation could be potentially disastrous for people living in Japan. "[A] partially or completely drained spent fuel could lead to...release of large quantities of radioactivity to the environment,” said Robert Alvarez, a US expert on nuclear disarmament and environmental and energy during a news media teleconference.