Shoppers at base commissaries can look forward to fresher food at lower prices after officials decided it’s once again safe to stock produce aisle with foods from the parts of Japan that were affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Military bases in Japan paused at 2:46 p.m. Monday in remembrance of the nearly 19,000 people who died two years ago during the earthquake and tsunami that decimated much of the country’s eastern coast.
The government tells people in this neighborhood, 20 miles from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, that the air is clean and the tap water is safe to drink. The government also told many of the people who live here that they did not need to evacuate two years ago, even as the plant’s crippled reactors spewed massive amounts of radiation.
It’s been two years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, and the Japanese government has yet to dispose of the backlog of radiated waste left over from recovery and cleanup efforts — including that being kept at U.S. bases in Japan.
With the memory of Japan’s devastating disaster still fresh, scientists are warning of a possible repeat on Okinawa, saying the island is overdue for a mega-earthquake that could send a tsunami over coastal communities and U.S. bases where thousands of Americans live and work.
U.S. naval commanders, ordered to move the bulk of their fleet to the Pacific theater, say it’s clear that China is building a “blue-water navy,” capable of sustained operations across oceans and able to project power far from the home country.
Not long ago, China was the darling of its less powerful Asian neighbors with its growing economic importance and a policy of non-interference in external affairs that contrasted with bellicose U.S. foreign policy after 9/11. But a recent series of incidents has raised individual and collective concerns from India on one side to Japan and the Philippines on the other.