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今月号の'Harper's Magazine'は福島特集記事

 


Vollmann Writes About Fukushima's 'Quiet Horror' In 'Harper's Magazine'
FEBRUARY 12, 2015 5:09 AM ET

教養総合月刊誌の'Harper's Magazine'は14ページにわたり福島の避難民の方々の現状をレポートした記事を掲載しているようです。

LETTER FROM JAPAN — From the March 2015 issue
Invisible and Insidious
Living at the edge of Fukushima’s nuclear disaster
By William T. Vollmann


For the past three years my dosimeter had sat silently on a narrow shelf just inside the door of a house in Tokyo, upticking its final digit every twenty-four hours by one or two, the increase never failing — for radiation is the ruthless companion of time. Wherever we are, radiation finds and damages us, at best imperceptibly. During those three years, my American neighbors had lost sight of the accident at Fukushima. In March 2011, a tsunami had killed hundreds, or thousands; yes, they remembered that. Several also recollected the earthquake that caused it, but as for the hydrogen explosion and containment breach at Nuclear Plant No. 1, that must have been fixed by now — for its effluents no longer shone forth from our national news. Meanwhile, my dosimeter increased its figure, one or two digits per day, more or less as it would have in San Francisco — well, a trifle more, actually. And in Tokyo, as in San Francisco, people went about their business, except on Friday nights, when the stretch between the Kasumigaseki and Kokkai-Gijido-mae subway stations — half a dozen blocks of sidewalk, which commenced at an antinuclear tent that had already been on this spot for more than 900 days and ended at the prime minister’s lair — became a dim and feeble carnival of pamphleteers and Fukushima refugees peddling handicrafts.

Yutaは見栄で定期購読しているので(滝汗)、この記事くらいは読んでみたいと思います(苦笑)。
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