Quicken the Cleaning Process so Residents Can Return Home to Okuma, Japan

Target: Yoshihiko Noda, Japanese Prime Minister

Goal: Clean up the town of Okuma so its residents can return home

The little town of Okuma, Japan has yet to bounce back from last year’s nuclear plant disaster. The earthquake and the tsunami that hit the area around the same time jeopardized the reactor cooling systems. Thus, the Fukushima Daiichi plant explosion that caused high levels of radiation forced Okuma residents to evacuate. These residents have been displaced for several months and may have to find new homes since the cleanup process is taking a lot longer than expected.

The mayor of Okuma recently stated that he believes it will take a decade before the area can be livable. It is understandable that cleaning up after huge disasters is difficult, but the process should at least be faster so that people can return home.

According to the town officials, the cleanup efforts have occurred at an extremely low pace, which needs to be fixed. More effort needs to be put into the restoration of Okuma and it is time the government steps in and helps out. On top of the slow cleaning process, there is a fear that another plant’s reactors may leak, which would stall the cleanup as well. This reactor must be fixed before it leaks and endangers people, especially those who are going into the town and cleaning it up.

Roughly 160,000 people have left their homes without any hopes of returning. It is important that these people have the opportunity to go home. These homes are where they have built their lives and they should be given a chance to return home, especially after officials had promised them a quick cleanup. It is time to step up the efforts and help restore this town.

The new projected finish date of 2022 has discouraged many of the residents from the idea of ever returning back. However, the ministry must push forward and increase the efforts to clean up and restore the town.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Yoshihiko Noda,

You must increase the cleaning efforts in the town of Okuda. The earthquake and tsunami that hit your nation a year ago severely jeopardized the reactors’ cooling systems by the town. This plant explosion forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes due to the high levels of radiation.

The cleaning efforts originally projected a finish date of 2014. But now, the mayor of the town is saying that it will take at least a decade before anyone can move back and live in Okuma safely. I realize that cleaning takes a while but it should not be this long. More help needs to be sent to Okuma so that people can finally return home.

Please help speed up the cleaning process.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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