#3 Kota Nakahira to Jacques Lochard, 4 Dec 2011
Thank you VERY much for your quick response.
Now I understand well.
It is very helpful for us that your effort to introduce past experience.
I believe that we can overcome this difficult situation with your help.
#4 Jacques Lochard to Kota Nakahira, 4 Dec 2011
You are welcome.
I am sure you will overcome the complex situation created by the
accident. You have excellent scientists and a very effective
technology. But above all, I have the feeling that, despite the
present difficulties and some discordant voices (which is normal in
such context) there is a shared willingness among all parties to
overcome this situation. This is the most important. When I started to
work in Belarus in the early nineties the situation was very different
not only because of the very bad economic context but mainly because
of the discouragement of all parties. In the few places where we
worked with the population in the South of Belarus, it took several
years to overcome the situation i.e. to rebuild trust among the
population and to convince politicians and scientists that it was
possible to involve the local authorities and professionals as well as
the population in the rehabilitation process to improve the living
conditions in the affected territories.
Based on what I heard in Fukushima from the local people during the
dialogue seminar and in Tokyo from the authorities at the occasion of
the various meetings we had in ministries and institutes, I am
convinced that if all parties joint their efforts efforts and work
together they will be able to improve rapidly the living conditions in
the affected areas. At this stage of the post-accident dynamic the key
point is in my view to avoid that the gap that is perceptible between
the authorities and the population gradually widen. The complexity of
the situation and the immensity of the task to be accomplish are
strong disincentives for people as for authorities to get involved.
This can lead to passivity and resignation but also in the temptation
of each side to put the blame of the other: the authorities
complaining that the population does no understand, has an unnecessary
fear and is driven by short term interests, the population complaining
that the authorities are not acting properly and timely and do not
care about the concerns of people. This is, what I think, the danger
at the moment.
But once again I am convinced that you will be successful. In this
respect, the Fukushima dialogue we had last week-end was for me very
enlightening and the final declaration is a clear proof of the
willingness of all parties to work together (See declaration
I am looking forward to come back to Fukushima next February to
continue the dialogue.
All the best.
PS: By the way, if you do not mind, could you tell me in a few words
who you are and what is your involvement in the Fukushima situation?