8 Years On: Fukushima Elementary Schools Teach Children about Radiation

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Tomioka, Fukushima Pref., March 7 (Jiji Press)--Elementary schools in Fukushima Prefecture are teaching children about radiation, after Japan's worst nuclear accident occurred at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 station eight years ago.

The radiation education is aimed at giving children correct knowledge of radiation, as there are persistent rumors and prejudice lacking scientific grounds about the effects of the nuclear accident.

"Radiation is invisible to the human eye, so let's measure radiation levels around you," Shuichi Iwasaki, principal of an elementary school in the town of Tomioka, told six-grade students on Feb. 5 during a special class with the theme of coexisting with radiation.

The children then walked around classrooms, the school yard, the gym and other locations while carrying measuring devices.

After the central government lifted its nuclear evacuation order in the Fukushima town, except for some areas, in April 2017, the elementary school reopened in April 2018.

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