He-y, Come On Ou-t!

by Shinichi Hoshi

Start Free Trial

In "He-y, Come On Ou-t," why were the villagers worried about nuclear waste going into hole? Give two reasons.

The villagers are worried about nuclear waste going into the hole for two reasons. First of all, they're concerned about the potential level of above-ground contamination from the waste. Second, they're worried that they might not derive any tangible economic benefit from the dumping of nuclear waste.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The discovery of a large, bottomless hole in this part of Japan has come as an absolute godsend to the nuclear power industry. The men in charge of the industry, not to mention government ministers and officials, no longer have to worry about the environmental hazards associated with the disposal of nuclear waste. Nuclear waste can simply be dumped into the bottomless hole and completely forgotten about.

As one can imagine, the villagers living nearby are rather apprehensive about all of this. Nuclear waste is highly toxic, and they don't want any of it in their midst. They're concerned about the dangers of any above-ground contamination that might result from the waste. On a more selfish level, they're worried that if this is the big business that everyone seems to think it is, then they'll lose out economically.

That's why the authorities go to such great lengths to assure the villagers that there will be absolutely no above-ground contamination for several thousand years, long after they, their children, and their grandchildren have all passed away. The authorities also assure the villagers that they will share in the profits of dumping nuclear waste, which are expected to be quite substantial. Before long, a road has been built linking the city to the village, along which trucks transport lead boxes filled with nuclear waste.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team