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Mon Mar 7 21:29:35 CST 2011

"With several million YouTube views in Japanese and translated versions
the Nuclear boy cartoon has become possibly the world's most viewed ever
exploring the metaphor of a boy with a sick stomach to represent a stricken
nuclear power plant.

It may sound kooky, perhaps excessively so, but when you put it in the
its creators intended - to explain the crisis at Fukushima to Japanese
who may not understand spent fuel pools and containment vessels - such
fade away. The Nuclear boy character was created by Japanese artist Hachiya
Kazuhiko. He posted it to Twitter, where one follower turned it into a comic
strip that a third person then animated, according to reports.

The story is quite simple: Nuclear boy is sick and people are worried he is
going to have a really big poo (as the translation puts it). He had people
scared when he let out a loud bang - thankfully it turned out to be neither
poo or "that stinky" - so he needs to given medicine until he gets better.
Nuclear boy that medicine is cooling sea water and boron.

Nuclear boy is compared to Three Mile Island boy ("a lot of passed gas but
poo") and Chernobyl boy (who "literally pooped in the classroom"). Its
not to worry is incidentally one shared by our very own George Monbiot.

So Nuclear boy - informative, educational and also very very Japanes"

Milcon Research & Consulting   


Mr Fred Dawson, Director Milcon Research & Consulting   
New Malden 
Surrey KT3 5BP

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