TOKYO (majirox news) – Over 1,000 children plan to transfer from elementary and junior high schools over the summer vacation, many due to fears over the radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to the Fukushima Board of Education on Aug. 9.
Board officials said that 1,081 elementary or junior high school pupils have applied to transfer to schools outside of Fukushima prefecture, three-quarters of them citing worries over radiation as their reason for doing so.
Many of the pupils came from schools within the 30-kilometer evacuation zone around the nuclear plant, but the number of transfers from areas outside the zone is increasing, board officials said.
“People have possibly decided that the end of the term was an opportune time to make a move,” a board official said.
Board officials said that up until July 15, 7,672 children had already transferred away from Fukushima prefecture elementary and junior high schools since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of the Tohoku region, triggering the nuclear crisis.