Fukushima Residents Face Prejudice and Discrimination Post Nuclear Disaster

Better radiation education needed to end prejudice

These mindless acts stem from the misunderstanding that radiation can be passed from person to person.

Ever since the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, many evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture have been subjected to discrimination and prejudice.

A student who transferred from the prefecture to a primary school in the Kanto region was shunned by classmates and eventually stopped going to class. Some gas stations in the Tokyo metropolitan area have refused to serve cars bearing Fukushima license plates.

Middle school students in the 1960s and ’70s were taught about radiation. But since the ’80s, this topic has been erased from school textbooks as class content was reduced in line with the “yutori” (relaxed) education policy.

It is important to teach children the meaning of “becquerel,” which indicates how much radiation a radioactive substance emits, and “sievert,” the unit for calculating the effect radiation has on the human body. This will help children better understand daily news reports about radiation.

Source: www.yomiuri.co.jp, via Google News search for Radiation
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