I visited Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture to see biological impacts of Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant accident. Though I have visited various places in Japan to see the health consequences of the accident, I have never found any effect against creatures in Japan.
Kawasaki city is a part of the Greater Tokyo Area with coastlines facing the Tokyo Bay. Kawasaki city is home to the Keihin industrial area that is known as one of the biggest industrial areas here in Japan.
The city has Yumemigasaki Zoo Park which is keeping approximately 400 animals of 55 species, including the lesser pandas, and it is also sanctuary for wild-birds such as the great tit. Over 500 cherry trees blossom in the spring!
So I visited Yumemigasaki Zoo Park to see effects of the accident against animals which are grown up by Japanese food and water.
Fortunately, I could see them grown up safely and I couldn't find any impact of the accident. It seems that there is no problem for childbirth and child-rearing in Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan.
Posted by Yoshitaka Kiriake from Japan on October 22, 2013.