“Then police recite a familiar script: “Without a pass you cannot go into the exclusion zone. You can get a permit at City Hall.” But trips to innumerable city halls lead to the same place — there is no such permit issued to animal NGOs.”
There have been many rescue groups that have made statements about the ” permits” to enter the exclusion zone. This imaginary permit has been written about in many Japanese blogs. The ” Cat Lady” spoke about how she was made to go from one office to another to another and at the end of the numerous trips, there was no permit that she could obtain. BUT, that didn’t stop the Government officials from having some fun at the expense of this elderly lady. How they must have laughed when she left that particular office to go to the next office that they told her to go to. The joke was on her, and they must have enjoyed the knowledge that she would be walking for most of the day and all for nothing.
The cruelty of this “made-up” permit can be credited to the Ministry of Environment’s Minister, Goshi ” I like to pull the wings of off flies when I am bored” Hosono. He is the Minister that is in control of the Fukushima exclusion zone. His ministry is the office that makes the decision about how to run the area. And, he is the Minister that should have made it clear to the public, that there was never any permit that they could obtain. Instead, he let the myth continue at the expense of all the decent people who were trying to enter the exclusion zone JUST TO TRY AND FEED THE ANIMALS.
This is very revealing about the character of the man who has been given the jobs of Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Nuclear Crisis Management. Not only does the suffering of the animals not bother him, but the “teasing” of the individuals that would help the animals does not affect him. Here is a man who is deeply committed to his work, the work of killing the animals and polluting the environment.
Ministry of Environment and Nuclear Crisis Management : Goshi ” Dead is Better than Alive” Hosono
5/18/11: REALITY? ANIMALS TRAPPED IN RADIATION EXCLUSION ZONE
Companion and farmed animals are stranded within a 20km radius around Fukushima’s damaged nuclear plant. Animals are bewildered, starving. Please send letters to Japanese officials and embassies pleading for their rescue. Reality on the ground is this: Kinship Circle IC Cheri Deatsch tries to enter the 20km zone at Naraha. A man wants his shiba mix, 14, picked up in Naraha. It is unclear how long his dog has been alone. Knowledge of back roads only takes you so far, as the area is heavily policed. Eventually the team is detained at a blockade. Volunteer Selena Hoy is phoned to answer questions in Japanese. Then police recite a familiar script: “Without a pass you cannot go into the exclusion zone. You can get a permit at City Hall.” But trips to innumerable city halls lead to the same place — there is no such permit issued to animal NGOs.
PHOTO: Kinship Circle, Japan 2011 / Lexie Boezeman Cataldo