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Nuclear cleanup volunteers’ invisible enemy via Daily Yomiuri online

Setsuko Kitaguchi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

DATE, Fukushima–Some local governments in Fukushima Prefecture have started decontamination operations using volunteers to remove radioactive substances released after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

One work site in particular had a peculiar atmosphere, in which volunteers fought invisible, potentially hazardous radiation particles with simple equipment, making them appear to be cleaning a garden.

I participated in the decontamination volunteer work at a specific spot recommended for evacuation in Date, about 50 kilometers from the crippled nuclear plant.

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