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Michiko Saito Sakura School Principal: "We were also shocked to discover from our monitoring that this school was one of the 26 most contaminated sites in all of Fukushima prefecture.. So we immediately got rid of all the topsoil.."
Everyday now principal Saito takes a geiger counter out into the playground to take radiation readings. The contamination levels have fallen since the topsoil was removed. But near the play equipment it's nearly off the scale.
Geiger counter needle of the scale at school playground
Since the Fukushima disaster 1000s of children have been moved out of this prefecture, but most parents here simply don't have the money or the means to pack up their families and leave.
Back at the Sakura Nursery School it's time for a quick dip, even though the water is changed daily, the kids are only allowed into the pool for a few minutes. The parents, teachers and students alike there is a feeling they have been abandoned.
Michiko Saito Sakura School Principal: "Children and babies is said to be vulnerable to radiation but the authorities have moved too slowly to help schools"
One measure by the government was to raise the radiation limit from 1 to 20 mSv a year. A move that did nothing to reassure anxious parents or teachers..