Governor of Fukushima: Continue housing support for Fukushima refugees!
  • Petitioned Mr. Sato Yohey

This petition was delivered to:

Governor of Fukushima
Mr. Sato Yohey
Fukushima Prefectural Government, Refugees Assistance Group
Reconsruction Minister
Mr. Tatsuo Hirano
Labor Minister
Fukushima Prefectural Government, Refugees Support & Nuclear Accident Reparations Group

Governor of Fukushima: Continue housing support for Fukushima refugees!

    1. (3a 郡山) 野口時子 Tokiko Noguchi
    2. Petition by

      (3a 郡山) 野口時子 Tokiko Noguchi

      Fukushima, Japan

I’m a mom who lives in Fukushima, Japan. I have a daughter in middle school and a son with disabilities. When my daughter moved up to high school, my family had planned to move out of Fukushima because we were worried about the effect of radiation on my kids’ health.

Since 3.11, the state government has provided housing support to refugees displaced by the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. But the government recently announced that it will end rent assistance to families who move outside of Fukushima - while keeping it for anyone who stays.

On the same day that I learned Fukushima had decided to stop support for people moving away, I received notice that my son’s exam for thyroid cancer had revealed small tumors. (※1) I'm shocked and scared -- and I worry about how the radiation is affecting my kids.

Many families in Fukushima are juggling difficult decisions, made worse by fears about radiation -- whether to keep their kids in a school with classmates they know, or leave behind their homeland of generations and move away. The state’s housing support is what enables many families who couldn’t otherwise afford it, the chance to move away.

In a recent poll conducted by the city of Fukushima, 90% of Fukushima residents said they were “somewhat worried” or “very worried” about the impact of radiation on the health of their family members. And nearly half of families with young kids said that “even now, they would like to move away” due to fears about radiation. (※2)

The law that is the basis for providing this housing assistance was in place for five years after the Hanshin Awaji earthquake in 1995. It has been less than two years since 3.11, and given the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plants, continuing to provide rental support for families who want to move out of the prefecture is critical.

The government attempted to end assistance to families moving out of state last year in December, but reversed its decision following a public outcry.  (※4)

With your support, I believe we should be able to reverse their decision again this time.

Thank you so much for your support.  

Tokiko Noguchi
Fukushima, Japan


※1 An A2 rating for the thyroid cancer test indicates growths or tumors from 5.0 to 20 mm in size

※2 Results from Fukushima City poll

※3 Increased radiation exposure for kids in Fukushima/Nihonmatsu due to more time spent outside

※4 Fukushima to no longer provide rental support (Yomiuri Shimbun)

※5 Homepage of Fukushima Prefectural Government - Latest thyroid cancer results


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    Reasons for signing

    • Justin Clune JAPAN
      • 9 months ago

      Because children are more susceptible to thyroid cancer caused by radiation, it is safer for families to live outside Fukushima. It is highly unjust to financially force families to return, especially when disaster relief funds have largely been squandered.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      In countries where people have to flee their homes because of persecution and violence, political solutions must be found, peace and tolerance restored, so that refugees can return home. In my experience, going home is the deepest wish of most refugees.

      ANGELINA JOLIE, BBC News interview, Apr. 8, 2004

      The exile is a singular, whereas refugees tend to be thought of in the mass ... What is implied in these nuances of social standing is the respect we pay to choice. The exile appears to have made a decision, while the refugee is the very image of helplessness.

      MARY MCCARTHY, Occasional Prose

      We are all part of the human family and we should be about doing what all good families do - caring for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

      - Dan O'Neill, Founder, Mercy Corps

      So often the world sits idly by, watching ethnic conflicts flare up, as if these were mere entertainment rather than human beings whose lives are being destroyed. Shouldn't the existence of even one single refugee be a cause for alarm throughout the world?

      -- Urkhan Alakbarov

    • Siegrid Manz HANNOVER, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      People just live in fear - help them now...

    • Warren Tan SINGAPORE
      • about 1 year ago

      It is a very unfortunate accident and continued support should be provided to all the victims of the incident. I don't think it is fair to limit rental assistance to only those residing within Fukushima. It is almost the equivalent of encouraging people to continue to stay in Fukushima despite the possibility of radiation exposure. Please continue to provide funding for them!

    • Sol Houston AUSTIN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Justice is universal.


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