Original Japanese written by staffer
The English below translated from the original Japanese by Heeday
The English translation edited by Rev. Dr. Henry French, ELCA
On Wednesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 28, 2015, all eleven bishops of the Anglican-Episcopal Church in Japan, as well as Revd. Shin’ichi Yahagi, the General Director of the Japan Province Office, came together at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Koriyama, Fukushima.
The bishops were scheduled to visit some areas hit hard by the earthquake of March 2011. To prepare them for the visit, the Project on Nuclear Power and Radiation held a PowerPoint presentation to show them the current state of those areas and to outline what they need. Prior to this meeting of the bishops, our staffers visited those areas to collect data, and then we prepared the PowerPoint slides based on the data collected.
Now, almost five years after the disaster, in Koriyama many citizens are living with the fear of radiation. At the temporary housing facilities, many residents are experiencing a greater need for mental care. Some biological mutations, probably ascribable to radiation, are developing in many plants in Fukushima Prefecture. We presented these and other issues, showing the bishops specific data.