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In Fukushima, students face up to realities of nuclear disaster via Asahi Japan Watch

September 07, 2011

With Japan’s worst disaster since World War II still hanging like a dark cloud over the nation, Kiyoshi Sasaki figured there was no better time to teach his students about the dangers of contamination from radiation.

That explains the sight of students at Meiken Junior High School in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, measuring radiation levels with dosimeters in the schoolyard as part of extracurricular activities on Sept. 5.

Students at other schools in the prefecture are also trying to grapple with the realities of radiation following the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, along the coast.

Sasaki, 55, who serves as an adviser at his school’s club of natural science, recalled that three months after the nuclear crisis flared, he asked first-year students in a science class if they wanted to learn about radiation.

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