Fukushima to Remove Statue in Radiation Protection Suit

Society

Fukushima, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--Fukushima Mayor Hiroshi Kohata announced a decision on Tuesday to remove a controversial statue of a child in a radiation protection suit that has drawn waves of criticism since it was unveiled in the northeastern Japan city early this month.

"It's difficult to keep in place a divisive piece of work as a symbol of reconstruction," Kohata told a news conference.

The statue, titled "Sun Child", was created by contemporary artist Kenji Yanobe in 2011 to appeal for reconstruction from the March 2011 accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

A dosimeter is on the chest section of the yellow protective suit worn by the standing statue, which is about 6.2 meters high.

The unveiling of the statue by the city near Fukushima Station of East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, on Aug. 3, sparked disapproving comments online.

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