We need to take care not only to avoid radioactivity but also asbestos in the disaster area.
Asbestos was a very useful material for architecture because it was light, hard and cheap.
It had been said that it was miracle mineral when it was imported into Japan forty years ago.
However, we found that the material was harmful to lungs.
If you are exposed to its dust, you may suffer from lung cancer thirty years later.
So it is called the “silent bomb”.
Now asbestos is completely prohibited from use.
A lot of asbestos dust is currently floating in the disaster area.
People clearing broken debris must wear a mask.
The history of using asbestos and its repercussion is similar to that of using nuclear energy.
At first, nuclear energy was said to be really clean and cheap.
The workers whose jobs are related to nuclear energy and people living near the nuclear power plants were taught to trust that nuclear power plant were absolutely safe.
However, once the disaster happened, the effected area was vast and the economic loss was great.
Regardless of the disaster, we are depending on nuclear energy even now.
I wonder why there isnt a movement set up to try and stop nuclear energy use in Japan?
Or if there is a demonstration against nuclear power but the movement hasn’t spreaded widely.
It is quite strange.
I don’t know whether this problem is about politics, energy, economiy sentiment.