Title: Cartoon bird warns Fukushima children of radiation
Date: Nov. 9, 2012
A grinning bird mascot has been enlisted to teach Japanese children in Fukushima how to stay safe from the radiation that escaped from the region’s crippled nuclear power plant.
Kibitan — a plump, yellow cartoon character with stubby wings and boots — is warning youngsters to stay away from puddles and ditches, where radioactive particles accumulate.
In a leaflet issued by Fukushima’s disaster taskforce, the character, inspired by the region’s narcissus flycatcher bird, asks children to promise they will wash their hands and gargle with water when they get home.
A smiling Kibitan explains what radiation is and cautions that it can make people sick if it gets inside their body.
Environmental campaign group Greenpeace charged last month that heavily- populated areas several dozen kilometres from the plant have radiation levels as much as 13 times the legal limit.
Published: November 9th, 2012 at 1:43 pm ET
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