Biological monitoring at KODOMONOKUNI, Kanagawa Japan
Cherry blossom viewing at KODOMONOKUNI, Kanagawa prefecture Japan
I visited KODOMONOKUNI which is natural-park located in Kanagawa prefecture to see biological impacts of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Though I have visited various places in Japan to see the health consequence of the accident, I can find no effect against creatures in Japan.
KODOMONOKUNI means Children's Land in Japanese. KODOMONOKUNI is well known for the magnificent cherry trees and famous for Ohanami too. "Ohanami" means cherry blossom viewing in Japanese. Cherry trees come into full bloom at the end of March or the beginning of April. It varies depending upon the type of cherry tree, weather conditions, and locality. Japanese people have been enjoying ohanami since the Heian Era. It used to be a yearly ritual reserved only for nobleman and noblewoman. During the Edo Era, cherry blossom viewing had become popular event among the common people. As they are in full bloom for a very short period of time, it reminds us that our lives are also brief, and beauty is fleeting. People go to parks, gardens, or mountain settings to get a good view of cherry blossoms. Japanese enjoy eating and drinking with family, friends or coworkers under the fully bloomed cherry blossoms.
So I visited there to see biological impacts of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. I saw many people visiting there but I could not find any impact of the accident. People in Kanagawa prefecture have no worry about the accident, because it is far away from the site and there is no contamination by the accidents.
Posted by Yoshitaka Kiriake from Japan on June 2, 2015.
These pictures were taken on April, 2015
Sakura ; cherry blossoms
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom on April.
Japanese foods are good and safe.
Because of stricter food safety law by Japanese government, we have no worry about foods.
Sakuramochi ; rice cake with bean paste wrapped in a preserved cherry leaf
4 years have passed since Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. I have visited various places of Japan to see the health consequence of the accident.
Fortunately I have never found any impacts by the accident among Japanese creatures. As far as I know, nobody has health problem which is caused by the accident in Japan.
Our Prime Minister Abe assures that "The situation is under control. The influence of the contaminated water is completely blocked within Fukushima. There are no health-related problems until now and there will never be health problems." He also said that "Tokyo is 250 kilometers away from Fukushima, and the kind of danger that you imagine does not exist in Tokyo. Tokyo is a very safe city."
As PM Abe said, Kanagawa Prefecture is very far away from Fukushima, people in there have no concern about the nuclear power plant accident. People in there have already forgotten the accident, because they think radioactive materials cannot reach there.
We know there is no problem for childbirth and child rearing in Kanagawa Prefecture. So people in there have no concern about the accident.
I continue to visit various places in Japan to see the effects of the accident, because I can meet various creatures which are more sensitive to radioactive materials from the environment. It is important to see their health for our safety.
Public Health Network in Japan