Japanese Kids to Carry Radiation Meters

Fukushima city issuing dosimeters to 34K schoolchildren
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2011 2:40 AM CDT
A machine collects radioactive substances in the air for sampling at the Unit 3 of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.   (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
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(Newser) – For tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Japan, this year's back-to-school kit will include a radiation detector. Officials in Fukushima City, 37 miles south of the Fukushima nuclear complex, say that to address the concerns of parents, the dosimeters will be given to some 34,000 children from nursery school to middle school for three months starting in September, CNN reports. "We decided to distribute them for the safety and assurance," says a member of the city's education board. Several other towns and cities in the Fukushima region also plan to supply children with the radiation detectors.

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