The article about the failure of certain authorities to distribute
iodine pills to the general public in Fukushima was edited, shortened
and published by the major national, Swedish-language daily newspaper
in Finland, Hufvudstadsbladet, on March 17, 2014. Some readers of my
blog have asked why this was done, and what the significance was,
as far as the Fukushima Badge Project is concerned.
The answer is that it does not concern the Badge Project directly,
but it serves the purpose of highlighting a typical botched
administrative decision, of a kind that is all too common. The point
is that many narratives of this kind do not reach the general public,
and they are ignored by mainstream media in Japan. More mismanagement
stories need to be made public and spread, not ignored.
When I got the chance to describe this particular failure to a news
editor of the paper, she responded positively and suggested I’d
supply the material for publication. I of course eagerly did so, and
the result was then published, however not as a feature but in the
section “Letters to the Editor”. But published it was, and potentially
reached 98 000 readers in Finland, according to distribution statistics.
This was but one story that needs to be told and retold, with your help.
Please pass it on. The more that is told about the irresponsibility
and incompetence of those in power, the better.
３月１７日の新聞の掲載欄です。Varför gavs inte jod åt alla? から始まります。
Here is the story published on March 17, 2014 in Hufvudstadsbladet,
a national newspaper in Finland (the country’s main daily newspaper
in Swedish, 98 000 readers, established in 1864).
The paper shortened the article, leaving out some information,
and what’s below is a translation of what was actually published.
＜フィンランドの新聞に掲載された記事の英語訳＞ Why didn’t everyone get iodine? FUKUSHIMA DISASTER