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Monday, March 21, 2011

Wacky Japanese way to tell kids about Fukushima


     On 14 March, L.L. Berkat posted an elegant poem, "The News, March, 2011," on  To Japan, and Our Children with Love as an attempt to explain gently to her own children and others what is happening in Japan.
     Since then I have discovered another approach to explaining the nuclear disaster to children. It's a 4-1/2 minute video cartoon called Nuclear Boy, apparently put out by the Japanese Red Cross, with English sub-titles. It compares the Fukushima nuclear plants to a little boy with a stomachache who releases flatulence (small clouds of radioactive gas) and may  have a really smelly bowel movement of dangerous radiation if we can't help him.
     It is really crude, typically Japanese humor and--one hopes--really effective at communicating the nuclear danger to children without scaring them.
     Especially boys. 


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