Japanese children’s theme park company Kids City Japan KK has announced that it has plans to open new solar power plant just 15.5 miles from the still leaking Fukushima nuclear reactor.

The company has a chain of theme parks called  KidZania where children are educated about differing professions. The company has plans to open the one megawatt plant by October of next year. They will be conducting tours where children will see first hand how workers maintain and monitor the plant.

Understandably, there’s an anti-nuclear sentiment growing across Japan after the quake and tsunami damaged the various nuclear plants.

But there’s still a lot of radiation being detected in the atmosphere in Japan and as we read more about it, the radiation can be carried on the wind. It can circle the earth countless times depositing radiation particularly in the northern hemisphere.

From Wikipedia:

As of July 2011, the Japanese government has been unable to control the spread of radioactive material into the nation’s food, and “Japanese agricultural officials say meat from more than 500 cattle that were likely to have been contaminated with radioactive cesium has made its way to supermarkets and restaurants across Japan”. Radioactive material has also been detected in a range of other produce, including spinach, tea leaves, milk, and fish, up to 200 miles from the nuclear plant. Inside the 12-mile evacuation zone around the plant, all farming has been abandoned.

As of August 2011, the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is still leaking low levels of radiation and areas surrounding it could remain uninhabitable for decades due to high radiation. It could take “more than 20 years before residents could safely return to areas with current radiation readings of 200 millisieverts per year, and a decade for areas at 100 millisieverts per year”.

As of September 2011, a total of 16 elementary and junior high schools in Fukushima communities remained closed.

Source: solarpowerbuzzmedia

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