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Group offers to take in young Japanese to avoid nuclear fallout

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Group offers to take in young Japanese to avoid nuclear fallout
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10:33 CET+01:00
A chapter of the German-Japanese Society (DJG) on Monday invited young Japanese people to stay for several months in Erfurt to avoid the dangers of possible nuclear fallout from the Fukushima power plant.

“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.”

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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