On March 28, 2011, more than 168 citizens organizations in Japan submitted a petition to the Kan administration calling for an expanded evacuation zone near the Fukushima nuclear disaster site and other urgent measures to protect public health and safety.
The official evacuation zone remains only 20 kilometers (12 miles) and the government has encouraged people within only 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) to evacuate. Yet levels of cesium-137 in the village of Iitate, for example, have been measured at more than twice the levels that prompted the former USSR to evacuate people near Chernobyl. Iitate is 40 kilometers (24 miles) northwest of Fukushima. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommended a 50-mile evacuation zone for U.S. citizens in Japan.
The people of Japan are now asking for international support for their petition. Please sign by going to the Green Action site here: http://fukushima.greenaction-japan.org/petition/