How do you set the priorities right?


With time passing more and more difficult decisions need to be made based on the aftereffects of the disaster in Japan. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun about 20,000 livestock farmers in seven prefectures have been asked by the government to refrain from grazing cattle for the time being because radioactive substances in excess of safety limits have been found in pastures. The goal of the ministry’s request is to prevent milk and beef from being contaminated with radioactive substances for the prefectures of Iwate, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi Saitama and Chiba. Most likely due to fear consumers will continue to avoid milk or milk products from these regions, when at the same time costs for the farmers for the upkeep will increase rapidly. Day by day these farmers will be hit even further the new reality.
Another difficult decision according Yomiuiri Shimbun was made by the local prefectural government to set up a waste disposal plant at one of the top three Japan’s scenic spots: The Matsushima area of Miyagi Prefecture. The area needs a waste-disposal plant to help deal with the huge amounts of debris created by the March 11 disaster. Although government designated Matsushima as an area of special scenic beauty, after failing to find other appropriate sites to dispose of the debris, the decision was made; although the Cultural Assets Preservation Law requires still one final step with the approval of the head of the Cultural Affairs Agency. It seems that for the fourteen coastal cities and towns in the prefecture that suffered devastating damage in the tsunami one of the six disposal locations will be set up Higashi-Matsushima. After separating the waste an expected amount of 1.57 million tons of debris will be disposed within three years by crushing and burning. According to the prefectural government they will restore the site to its original condition after three years of operation by removing the incinerator and other facilities.
Personally I believe the new “normal” life in Japan includes now much more conscious decisions. All of the sudden setting my personal priorities right seems so much more difficult.

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