Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara on Nov. 4 denounced opponents of the metropolitan government’s acceptance of rubble from tsunami-devastated Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, saying they care only about themselves.
“What are we going to do if we do nothing?” Ishihara said at a regular news conference. “Those capable of helping must help. They (opponents) care only about themselves. It is proof that the Japanese people have gone bad.”
The Tokyo government says it had received 2,868 phone calls and e-mails as of Nov. 2 protesting the rubble disposal scheme, while only 199 were in favor of it.
“They are not bringing in rubble incessantly emitting radiation. They are bringing it in because checks (for radioactive contamination) have proved there is nothing wrong with it. Tokyo is not that foolish,” Ishihara added. The first shipment of rubble from the March disasters was sent from Miyako to Tokyo on Nov. 2 under careful supervision of authorities from both regions.
The Tokyo government will accept 1,000 metric tons of rubble from Miyako by the end of November as part of its two-and-a-half-year plan to assist with the removal of debris from areas devastated by the disaster.