Fukushima

Is fear worse than the radiation?

Radiation isn't anything to worry about, Fear is
Fears are justified: Radiation is a major concern
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Started by
Jordan Grossman
Founder of Niaterra News
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The Issue

There's an argument over how much of a threat the Fukushima Nuclear Plant is to the global population.

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Pro: Fear
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    Qiao Xue

    The influence of radiation could not be completely seen through a short term. It is sure that radiation could make some negative effects on people's health. However, about what specific effects and how serious they are, we need more time and data to see clearly.

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    Catherine Thorbecke

    The issue of radiation and fear after the Fukushima catastrophe (which just had it's fourth year anniversary on March 11) unfortunately stretches beyond merely health risks but to a larger economic issue. Japan is an archipelago, before the Fukushima disaster they were able to produce a third of their energy from nuclear power plants. After the disaster Japan's nuclear power plants were turned off and as a result the economy suffered very heavily. The country's fuel import bill skyrocketed to 10 trillion yen (more than 8 million USD) and the country has had to import more than 90% of it's energy needs. So far not a single person in Fukushima has died of radiation poisoning-an argument that many people will cite when arguing that the nuclear power plants should be turned back on. Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has been outspoken about his desire to continue Japan's use of nuclear power and turn the power plants back on. The issue of fear about radiation unfortunately stretches beyond the devastation of health risks for the people of Japan but is also a driving factor in crippling the economy. Statistics above are from some excellent reporting by BBC's Asia bureau that can be found here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26534871 and http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26524772

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Pro: Radiation

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