Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

• Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

Exactly three years have passed since the accident at the nuclear power plant Fukushima-1 in Japan. This man-made disaster that was caused by a strong earthquake and tsunami that left a deep mark not only in the area of ​​direct radiation exposure, but also in the minds of the Japanese.

Children under five years old, living in nearby towns - for example, in Koriyama and Nihommatsu - are allowed to walk on the street no more than half an hour. Children up to three years - no more than 15 minutes. A year ago, these rules are no longer mandatory, but many nurseries and kindergartens at the request of excited parents continue to follow them. Strict precautions caused serious concerns for the health of children, who have an increased risk of cancer (it is interesting to note that the level of radiation in Koriyama is now comparable with the level of Kiev and Moscow). By the way, excessive reassurance has already led to a deterioration of mental abilities of children compared to obscheyaponskimi performance that was recorded school Prefectural Committee. Reuters photographer Toru Hanai visited Koriyama to capture leisure local children.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

2-year-old Nao Watanabe plays the indoor playground. She, like the other children under the age of three years, are allowed to be on the air no more than 15 minutes a day for fear of radioactive contamination.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

Children playing dodgeball in the games room of the kindergarten "Emporium".

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

Children playing dodgeball in the games room of the kindergarten "Emporium".

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

2-year-old Sakuya Dzui plays on the covered playground.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

Paper dolls made by children in kindergarten "Emporium" on the eve "Hinamatsuri".

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

4-year-old Iori Hiyama riding a tricycle on the covered playground.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

7-year-old Masosi Canet playing video games on portable console Nintendo Wii U.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

Children greet their teacher in waiting for the bus to kindergarten "Emporium".

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

The girl goes to kindergarten "Emporium", wearing a surgical mask.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

The doctor examines the thyroid gland 5-year-old girl.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

decontamination work on the playground. Geiger counter in the background shows 0, 207 mikrozivert per hour (20 micro roentgens per hour). This level is considered "safe", although the risk of cancer increases significantly.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

The girl hurries to the kindergarten. Geiger counter in the background shows 0, 122 mikrozivert hour. For example, the level of the exposure dose of Moscow and Kiev is approximately 0, 130 mikrozivert hour.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

Children playing in the sand in the games room of the kindergarten "Emporium".

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

Children playing in the sand in the games room of the kindergarten "Emporium".

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

The boy lets a paper airplane in the hallway kindergarten

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

Daiichi Toyota, who recently turned one year old, playing with his mother on the covered playground.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

2-year-old Sakuya Dzui plays on the covered playground.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

5-year-old photographer Atsunori sink smiling, sitting on the map of Fukushima.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

A girl walks past a Geiger counter in the center of the city, which shows 0, 162 microsieverts per hour.

Fukushima: the fight against an invisible enemy

The girl opens the door to the teachers in the kindergarten "Emporium".