– #Radioactive Japan: Small Children Polish Mailboxes in High Radiation Area of Date City, #Fukushima (EX-SKF, April 26, 2012):
Horror never ends.
I posted the photo of a peach juice can from JA Date City in Fukushima the other day. The juice had 34 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium.
Here’s the photo of kindergarten children in the same Date City cleaning the mailbox in appreciation for the hard work by mailmen every day. This particular district of Date City, Ryozen-machi, is 50 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. The district is dotted with known “hot spots” with elevated radiation. Many locations measured by the city exceeded 1 microsievert/hour at 1 meter off the ground, some exceeding 3 microsieverts/hour (parks) last year. Even at the end of March this year, the highest is 1.28 microsievert/hour in a park at 1 meter off the ground.
That didn’t stop this particular kindergarten from going through with the routine of thanking the mailmen. I wonder if they did it last year also.
From Fukushima’s local paper Fukushima Minyu (4/21/2012; link added):
Kindergarteners clean mailboxes to show appreciation, as activity for “Memorial Day for Postal Services”
For the “Memorial Day for Postal Services” on April 20, kindergarteners from Shin-ai Kindergarten in Ryozan-machi in Date City cleaned the mailboxes at Kakeda Post Office and Ryozen General Branch Office.
8 kindergarteners visited Kakeda Post Office and handed the letter of appreciation to the manager of the post office that said “Thank you for delivering mail every day”. The children polished the mailbox with the cleaning cloth, and decorated the mailbox.
After the cleaning, they were given presents by Manager Takagi at the postal office.