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Group offers to take in young Japanese to avoid nuclear fallout

The Local · 21 Mar 2011, 10:33

Published: 21 Mar 2011 10:33 GMT+01:00

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“We want to offer mainly children, youths, young adults and pregnant women - who are most vulnerable in the event of a nuclear meltdown – some time in Germany,” chapter president Reinhard Weth said.

Currently the society is searching for living spaces to accommodate visits of several months, he added.

“I know that a lot of people in Japan would like to make use of this,” he said.

In the event of a nuclear disaster at Fukushima, which still faces a complete meltdown after an earthquake and tsunami seriously damaged the plant earlier this month, members of the group want to host young people as soon as possible.

“We want to prevent the young generation from radiation exposure if such a catastrophe occurs,” he said. “Here we can get involved.”

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The idea mirrors that of associations that arose in Germany after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. A number of organisations formed to offer young Ukrainians an escape from the nuclear fallout by providing room and board.


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Your comments about this article

13:31 March 21, 2011 by freechoice
wow! this is sweet...wish other countries would help to evacuate them from further disasters!!
14:47 March 21, 2011 by berfel
The level of the "fallout" is about the level of eating a banana a day.

The radiation exposure in a high-latitude, high-altitude commercial flight from e.g. Japan to Germany is up to 9 microSieverts/hour .. and I guess they get about 10 hours' worth. Each way. That's a lot of extra radiation exposure should you believe that the levels of "fall-out" are a problem.

And I'm not entirely convinced that the Japanese would want to be evacuated in the face of harmless background radiation as they have a large area to clean up and to build anew; better and stronger, after the tsunami that devasted the region.

The natural disaster is the cause of the crisis. Radiation is not the problem outside of where the fence line used to be at the nuclear plant.

I know that the people in Germany who mean well. But they are not being given a clear picture by the melt-down-obsessed media.

This is a natural disaster.
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