According to Yomiuri Shinbun (Jaunary 5, 2012), the Japanese government/industrial complex has plans underway to build new “Small Japan” in the southern Indian township of Chennai that will house 50,000 residents. This new city will include “Japanese-quality” infrastructure, seaside resort, industrial park, hospital, shopping mall and golf course. Industrial plants housed in the new region are expected to be operational by 2013. And indeed, the Times of India (January 11, 2012) has reported that the Tamil Nadu government has signed a memorandum of understanding for the location and construction of this new 1,500 acre “Japan Town”. “It’s all about money” said Dr. Haruki Madarame, of Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission, whether “it” is about a nuclear power plant, a nuclear waste facility or a Japanese-only city in southern India. Critics have likened this project to a post-apocalyptic, post-nuclear reality with a safe haven community for the select from government and industry. The elderly, infirm and especially the radioactive hibakusha (outcasts) will have no place there. Japanese society has a long history of stigmatizing and shunning anyone contaminated with radiation. (http://ex-skf.blogspot.com ).
Other less elitist efforts of evacuation are being covered by Iori Mochizuki’s Fukushima Diary which lists addresses and web sites from the international community who are willing to assist Japanese, their families and their loved ones in the challenging process of finding new homes. If you wish to help or know of people or organizations willing to be of assistance, the contact information is available at “Evacuate”: http://fukushima-diary.com