Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato sent an urgent plea for help to Prime Minister Naoto Kan. This is his plea:
Because of the ongoing nuclear emergency, distributors have begun to refuse deliveries to even areas outside the exclusion zone and the zone where residents are advised to stay indoors. For instance, tanker trucks have turned back before Miharu-machi, and deliveries only come to Hitachi, not to Iwaki City. We have a serious emergency here, unable to obtain fuels, food, medicines, and other daily necessities.
Many refugees from the disaster have fled here, adding to the population of local residents. It has become extremely difficult to support daily life of citizens and to maintain medical practice.
I desperately ask distributors to truly understand the situation of this area and to cooperate with us.
And I ask the national government to provide accurate, detailed information and explanation to all distributors as well as citizens and to make an all-out effort to provide us with necessary support.
This video was released by TBS on 16 March 2011. The text above is a translation of the first minute of the video. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).
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