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Japan to hand out radiation meters to kids near crippled plant

From Junko Ogura, CNN
IAEA officials tour the grounds of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Friday, May 27, 2011.
IAEA officials tour the grounds of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Friday, May 27, 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Fukushima city is located about 60 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi Plant
  • The plant had full meltdowns at three reactors after the historic earthquake and tsunami
  • "We decided to distribute them for the safety and assurance," an official says
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Tokyo (CNN) -- Officials of Japan's hard-hit Fukushima city will begin handing out radiation measuring devices to 34,000 children in a plan to help calm fears about radiation.

Fukushima city is located about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the Fukushima Daiichi Plant, which experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

The measuring devices, called dosimeters, will be given to the children for three months starting in September, officials said.

"We received the voice from the parents and citizens concerned about radiation exposure of the children. We decided to distribute them for the safety and assurance," said Masazo Kikuchi, officer of the city's education board.

The devices wil be given to nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary schools and middle schools in the city

CNN's Kyung Lah contributed to this report.

 
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