27 Mar '12, 10am

Opposition grows on Okinawa to burning debris from quake

Related Stars and Stripes coverage of the disaster in Japan Japanese and U.S. servicemembers remove debris from railroad tracks in the Tohoku region of Japan on April 21, 2011. The effort was in support of Operation Soul Train. The region is struggling with debris left after the massive tsunamis, and plans to burn some of it in Okinawa is drawing heat from concern citizens. Monique Tindal/Courtesy U.S. Army CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Radiation fears are raising public opposition to Okinawa’s plan to help burn tsunami and earthquake debris from disaster zones in northeastern Japan. Despite government assurances, hundreds of residents — including some in the U.S. military community — signed a petition to stop Japan from shipping the debris here, claiming that disposing of the waste could spread radiation and diseases across the island. The Tohoku region has been struggling with ...

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