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Fukushima children petition government

08-18-2011 10:06 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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It has been more than 5 months since Japan's quake and tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Children there have taken their radiation fears straight to the government, as the country continues to grapple with the crisis.

These children are from Fukushima prefecture, home to the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

After travelling nearly 300 kilometers to Tokyo by bus, they handed hand-written letters to government officials. It's part of a larger campaign to urge the government to do more to help children in areas affected by radiation.

Mariko Kobayashi, Fukushima resident, said, "Please take responsibility for those who have lost their school friends and houses due to the nuclear accident."

Kobayashi says the invisible threat of nuclear radiation affects their everyday lives.

Mariko Kobayashi said, "For children in Fukushima, you can't play outside due to the radiation so you get into fights with friends. We just want to tell them how this is affecting us negatively."

The group hosting the event the "Fukushima Network to protect children from radiation" says they plan to continue lobbying the government to improve conditions for those living in the affected areas.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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