Schools Near Fukushima N-Plant Hold Last Graduation Ceremonies (News)
Iwaki, Fukushima Pref., March 1 (Jiji Press)—Five high schools located near Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant held their respective last graduation ceremonies on Wednesday before their planned closures in April.
Parents and alumni joined the ceremonies to congratulate a total of 111 graduates of the five high schools, all run by Fukushima Prefecture.
Futaba High School, whose school building is located in Futaba, one of the two host towns of the nuclear plant, held a graduation ceremony in the city of Iwaki, also in Fukushima, for 11 seniors who will be graduating from the school. Futaba is in the designated no-go zone around the plant due to high radiation levels.
With some 100 participants watching, including parents, the 11 graduates' faces were tense as they received graduation certificates from the principal, Minoru Ojima.
In her valedictorian speech, Kikuchi Ayumi, 18, said, "Although we were a small group and experienced a lot of difficulties, interacting with many people and students from other schools has encouraged us."[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]