Protests swamp city for shunning Fukushima fireworks

09/21/2011
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NAGOYA (majirox news) – Thousands have complained to the Nisshin Municipal Government for canceling the weekend launch of fireworks from Fukushima prefecture amid fears they may be contaminated by radiation.

More than 1,100 complaints were received via e-mail and a further 750 phone calls made to the local government protesting its actions, saying they had helped to spread falsehoods about the effects of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Michio Furukawa, mayor of the Fukushima prefecture town of Kawamata where the fireworks were produced, was among those to make an official complaint. He urged the city of Nisshin, Aichi prefecture, to provide its citizens with proper information about radiation and pointed out that the fireworks were not produced in an area evacuated in the wake of the nuclear crisis.

Nisshin Mayor Kozo Hagino has promised to visit Kawamata and make a formal apology while organizers of the fireworks event have promised to test the Fukushima fireworks for radiation. They will launch them to find out if they are safe.

Nisshin organized an event for the weekend to promote products from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, as they had been the hardest-hit by the March 11 disasters. However, the planned launch of fireworks from Fukushima was called off after the city was swamped by protests from concerned citizens because the fireworks had not been tested for radiation contamination.

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