JAPAN | Fukushima parents decontaminate school building

Posted on June 19, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | Sunday, June 19, 2011 16:54 +0900 (JST)

Parents and teachers decontaminated an elementary school building in Date City, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sunday.

About 80 parents and teachers at Tsukidate elementary school thoroughly washed windows and verandas with high-pressure water jets and brushes.

The school has not detected radiation levels in excess of the legal limit, but has still suspended activities on the playground in response to concern by parents.

Meanwhile, radiation levels exceeded the limit in some parts of the city, and the government plans to help households in the designated areas to evacuate, raising concern among residents.

One parent who participated in the clean-up said he wanted to do something for children because the government’s response has been slow.

School principal Masayoshi Murakami says he hopes the clean-up will help to ease children’s and parents’ worries.

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