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Alexander Sirota: CAN UKRAINE HELP JAPAN? In the wake of a trip to the Japanese disaster zone.

 Tokyo - Fukushima - Date - Minamisoma - FNPP - Itati - Fukushima - Shin-Yamaguchi - Ube - Miyajima - Hiroshima - Kyoto - Tokyo.

 Thanks to the members of Japanese society "Endomame" for many years helping victims of the Chernobyl disaster ", in March of this year I had the opportunity to visit the" Land of the Rising Sun. " This trip was a dream since the Soviet childhood. The only pity is that the reason for its implementation was the anniversary of the disaster at Japanese nuclear power plant "Fukushima", presented to the world at the 25th "anniversary" of Chernobyl.

 The trip was very productive, but too difficult psychologically. Daily meetings in different cities with people who have suffered of three consecutive disasters - earthquake, tsunami and accidents at nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1." People live on contaminated areas, have to guess what tomorrow will bring them and their children. This led to a keen sense of deja vu - I've seen it all, even without a monstrously destructive violence of the elements.

The very existence of the axiom of the site of the city of Pripyat, "The lessons of history are repeated if they are forgotten." We are here to remember everything. To those who come to our site, or traveling with us in Pripyat, for whatever reason, have acquired a sense of belonging, empathy. Living without leaving behind a ruins and dead cities. This is why for many years, we collect and provide the public a wide range of materials of the Chernobyl disaster, we organize international exhibitions, conduct various events and activities in the Chernobyl zone of alienation and beyond.

I am one of those who in April 1986, lost his house, whose childhood had broken the Chernobyl disaster. Because of my work, I am often in the zone in the city of Pripyat. I'm hard to surprise or shock the kind of abandoned human habitation - hardened, used, seen enough in 20 years since his first visit.
But when I stood on the shore of the ocean in the earthquake zone near FNPP, among wretched toys, seeing in front of a vacant lot stretching to the horizon, dotted with crushed cars skeletons, fragments of buildings, I realized that all our activities over the years, the whole experience - all this is unnecessary and meaningless, if right now, immediately, we'll not find the way to deal with its application of live, fresh, bleeding problems in this land, these people.

The fact that the Japanese do not need help – is a lie.
The fact that the Japanese do not take care - vile lies.
Who and how proposed help?
 I was in the volunteer centers in the affected regions, talked with those who work directly "in the field" rather than theorizes in a comfortable and cozy rooms with internet. Over the past year, after the disaster, they treated only a few foreigners who wanted to help. And most of them have absolutely no idea of ​​what they will encounter. There is no lack of heroes, rescuers, and finest theorists. In order to eliminate the effects of the tsunami and earthquake - rake and sort the five-meter mountains of garbage, no special talent is required, except, perhaps, patie
nce and sincere desire to be helpful.
And one more thing: potential volunteers should not forget that without the knowledge of the language they will create more problems than real, measurable benefits.

Absurd statements to help the brotherly people of Japan made by some politicians also look ridiculous
What help can THEY offer? Financial? Nonsense.
Or, perhaps, exchange of experience in covering up the true scale of the Chernobyl disaster? Ways to cheat their own fellow-victims? Alternatively, methods and best practices for cleaning and decontamination areas? Last one - maybe. Although experience suggests that the nature of the Chernobyl zone is not restored due to our activity in this area, but rather in spite of it. And to hide the real situation in the plant and the emergency-affected areas on their own citizens and the world of the Japanese government without us it turns out fine.

I am not talking about the fact that Ukraine can not help Japan. Can and should. This is a huge moral obligation to the Japanese people that throughout the post-Chernobyl period, provides invaluable assistance and support to both individuals and organizations, and the country as a whole.
But the help that they really need - it's not populist statements, but our “post-Chernobyl” invaluable experience for the ordinary Japanese people how to survive in contaminated areas,in the information blockade, in the lack of support from the state, bureaucratic arbitrariness and endless lies of doctors (even on a smaller scale, yet the Japanese on the whole much more cultured and humane then we are).
Experiences of ordinary Ukrainians - people evacuated from Pripyat, the Chernobyl liquidators, the experience of professionals working at the present time in Chernobyl zone of alienation - this is what primarily interested in the people with whom I met.

That is why I am announcing a change of priority activities of the International public organization "Center PRIPYAT.com" and the site of Pripyat (www.pripyat.com). We still may be even more active, will seek to give the status of the monument (museum) to the city of Pripyat.
But we will make every effort to promptly provide the opportunity to share personal experiences to ordinary citizens of Ukraine and Japan, the victims of two major disasters in human history.
For this purpose, PRIPYAT.com together with the Japanese company "Endomame" announces the beginning of works on creation of the Internet platform "Chernobyl - Fukushima, " and is looking for everyone to have a real impact.
In the first stage we will need programmers and translators (Japanese, English). In the nearest future we plan to bring to work on a project those who liquidated the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, as well as former residents of the evacuated territories at present.
 We also need financial support. Today, for fast and efficient maintenance of work on the project we require at least 2 full-time interpreters (Russian-Japanese), reliable hosting and qualified project administration. 

It's time to repay debts. I'm ready. And you?


Alexander Sirota


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