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dunrenard posted: "Masaharu Tsubokura, center, and the members of the
Veteran Mothers' Society in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture December
29, 2014 MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Mothers living near the
stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have compiled a "
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Fukushima mothers compile booklet derived from radiation seminars
Masaharu Tsubokura, center, and the members of the Veteran Mothers'
Society in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture
December 29, 2014
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Mothers living near the stricken
Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have compiled a booklet offering basic
knowledge about radiation and explanations addressing safety concerns
arising from the disaster.
The booklet, titled "Yoku Wakaru Hoshasen Kyoshitsu" (Radiation and
Health Seminar), is available in both Japanese and English and was
created by the Veteran Mothers' Society, which consists of five
mothers from the city of Minami-Soma.
The members, some of whom are former high school classmates, decided
to create the booklet "for children's sake."
The information incorporates lessons learned from doctors at seminars
the group organized following the accident at Tokyo Electric Power
Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in March 2011.
Amid the confusion and fears over radiation after the disaster
unfolded, the mothers convened their first seminar for children and
guardians in December 2011. They invited Masaharu Tsubokura, a doctor
of hematology from the University of Tokyo's Institute of Medical
Science who had been providing consultations at the Minami-Soma
municipal general hospital.
Other physicians later joined the effort to spread accurate
information about radiation, and the mothers have held the sessions
once or twice a month.
In the seminars, the children peppered Tsubokura with questions, such
as "Can I touch my pets?" and "Is it OK to lick the snow?"
Ikumi Watanabe, the society's 54-year-old vice chairwoman, recalled
that Tsubokura's explanations "were spoken in an easy-to-understand
manner so the information popped straight into our heads. It was nice
that we could talk with him on the same level and in person."
Even now, the nature of the questions has not changed much.
"People have felt pressured not to talk about radiation, and some
mothers have finally gotten the information only now, more than three
years after the accident," Tsubokura said. "I hope I can help them
make decisions without thinking negatively about themselves or losing
In addition to basic knowledge, such as the differences between
external and internal radiation exposure and between becquerels and
sieverts, the booklet answers questions like: "Can radiation be
transmitted from one person to another?" and "Is the tap water OK?"
According to the Veteran Mothers' Society, 20,000 copies of the
Japanese version were distributed to schools, companies and other
organizations. The English version has been ordered by international
schools, international exchange organizations and other groups.
Inquiries to the Veteran Mothers' Society can be made via email
(beteranmama0808 at gmail.com).
Source: Asahi Shimbun
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