I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to the victims of the East Japan earthquake. As we pray for the lost lives to rest in peace, I would like to extend my condolences to their families and friends.
With the recent meltdown caused by the deadly earthquake, the safety myth of nuclear plants has collapsed. The people of surrounding regions and those who live in the area of high levels of radiation have been ordered to evacuate from their home. Many of the families with infants and small children have been living in enormous fear of the radiation damaging their health.
Today, the area within 20km of the Fukushima Daiichi plant became a no-entry zone, and planned evacuation zones and emergency evacuation preparation zones were established by the government. It will take a long time to converge the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi plant while radioactive substances are spreading widely into surrounding areas and oceans. The radioactive effects on environment and humans vary with wind directions and landforms, and they are difficult for experts to calculate. We can't deny the possibility of that the radioactive substances, diffused not only in Japan but also globally, will have effect on our bodies through natural environment and food. I am especially concerned with the possible effect to infants as well as to children to be born in the future.
It is my wish that the people of disaster areas and the rest of us in Japan will live safely again. I strongly hope that the government and TEPCO will work together towards convergence of the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in order to help the sufferer of the affected areas and to lessen fear for families with children.
Chairman of the Board
Japan Buddhist Federation
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