Many schools in Fukushima still limit time spent outdoors by students

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Many schools in Fukushima still limit time spent outdoors by students
An educator checks the state of contaminated pool water at Watari Elementary School in Fukushima on Aug. 4, 2011. (Mainichi)
An educator checks the state of contaminated pool water at Watari Elementary School in Fukushima on Aug. 4, 2011. (Mainichi)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Many elementary and junior high schools in the city of Fukushima limit the time their students spend outside school buildings despite completion of soil decontamination, as parents continue to voice health concerns, local education board officials said Saturday.

Of the city’s 72 public elementary and junior high schools, only 14 allowed their students to freely engage in outdoor activities as of Sept. 20, even after the removal of surface soil from schoolyards tainted by radioactive substances originating from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, they said.

The city told the schools to allow students to go outside as normal on Sept. 1 after airborne radiation had fallen to safe levels.

With many parents worried about their children’s exposure to radiation at school and elsewhere, the government needs to demonstrate reliable safety standards, an official with the city’s board of education said.

(Mainichi Japan) October 15, 2011

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