Radioactive Japan: Kindergarten Children Polish Mailboxes In Date City High Radiation Area

#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):

園児が感謝のポスト清掃 「郵政記念日」で活動

Kindergarteners clean mailboxes to show appreciation, as activity for “Memorial Day for Postal Services”

20日の「郵政記念日」に合わせ、伊達市霊山町の神愛幼稚園(本田十和子園長)の園児たちは同日、同市の掛田郵便局と霊山総合支所のポストの清掃活動に取り組んだ。

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.

このうち、同郵便局には年長組の園児8人が訪れ、同郵便局の高木利己担当課長に「いつも手紙を届けてくれてありがとうございます」と書いた感謝状を手渡した。園児たちは雑巾を手に一生懸命にポストを磨いた後、思い思いにポストを飾り付けた。

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.

清掃後、高木担当課長からお礼のプレゼントが贈られた。

After the cleaning, they were given presents by Manager Takagi at the postal office.

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