Kizuna project recruits American teens for volunteer work in Fukushima - Stop the innocent children coming into the contaminated area

The Japanese government invited 1,000 American high-school students to do volunteer work in devastated areas of Japan including Fukushima. During their stays from mid-June to the end of July 2012, the tasks assigned to these volunteering American students included 'cleaning and tree planting'. While the programme, according to the guide put out by the Japan Foundation Centre for Global Partnership, aims to 'deepen the U.S. citizens’ understanding of Japan’s reconstruction and strengthen outbound announcements', the health risk of these American students from radioactive exposure is not taken into account. This effort of the Japanese government, so-called "Kizuna (bond) Project", seems to be infringing the basic human rights of these American students as their health safety is not guaranteed during their stay and after the programme is done. The goodwill of those innocent students is, instead, being used for the sake of Japanese government's intention to promote the reconstruction of Tohoku areas and to make the damage of radioactive exposure over the Fukushima residents look smaller than it actually is. Additionally, Kizuna (bond) Project claims 'approximately 10,000 high school and college students from Asia-Oceania and North America will be invited within the period of a year'.    

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  • #1

    Jonathan Harrington (Sunday, 02 December 2012 12:22)

    This is utterly and completely untrue. I was one of the students lucky enough to be invited by the Japanese government and I went to Japan this Summer. We did not plant trees; we were no exposed to radiation; our rights were not violated. We fought hard for the incredible opportunity to go on this trip. This article is pathetically and disgustingly untrue.

  • #2

    Angelina Leary (Sunday, 02 December 2012 12:37)

    This was such an incredible opportunity that was given to us students, to create bonds with Japan. I should know; I went to Japan with this project and my classmates. Therefor, I have complete right in saying this entire article is pure blasphemy. First off, we did not clean nor plant trees. Instead, we have strengthen our knowledge about the Japanese culture and the natural disaster that occurred in March of 2011. We have spoke to survivors whom of which lost their homes, families, and friends.
    With that being said, we were in no way near any dangerous radiation. Infact, the locals told us one way they are speeding up the half-life process.
    I would recommend this expirence to anyone. Please do not be dimwitted and discourage countries getting along.

  • #3

    Katrina Akirmaian (Sunday, 02 December 2012 13:29)

    I was granted the wonderful opportunity to participate in this project, thus, I am able to argue that the claims made in this article are false. From even my personal experience, my parents were hesitant to let me go in the trip in fear of the nuclear meltdown and the possibility of a threat of radiation, but after allowing me to go, both my parents and I were assured that this threat was not present as we were not exposed to radioactivity, especially not through "planting trees" because that was not even an activity on our itinerary. The trip focused on the students developing a better understanding of the situation and consequences of the March 11 earthquake and disaster prevention, done by allowing us to speak with victims and attend various orientations as well as visiting centers that allowed us to experience am earthquake simulation and taught us how to react if, by chance, there were to be an earthquake. We even learned of techniques farmers have used among their rice fields in order to counteract radiation which impacted agriculture in Japan greatly. I can honestly say that I am glad I was given the opportunity to attend the trip provided by the Kizuna project, and if given the opportunity, would participate again without hesitation. This article shows the ignorance of those who make assumptions without proper evidence.

  • #4

    Damira Solms(Kizuna Project Participant) (Sunday, 02 December 2012 13:36)

    Every student who participated in this awesome program chose to do so. We were all informed of the possible health risks. Before going on the trip we assumed that we would be doing volunteer work, such as planting trees. Our assumptions were very inaccurate. We were welcomed wholeheartedly by Japanese locals, mainly visited tourist destinations, and most importantly we were educated about how Japanese people are enacting methods to prevent crop damage from radiation. This article is full of fallacies and extremely offensive to the students who had the honor of visiting Japan.

  • #5

    volunteer group (Saturday, 27 December 2014 06:37)

    Human meaning they feel other human pain and assist other people.
    Every country shouting human rights, human rights.
    Every country claim they struggle against violence.
    Where is the cry for humanitarian rights.
    It's true every human have rights,
    No, it fully lie and cheating.
    Even Japan claims they very peaceful country and they are care every one human rights,
    That is fully joke and lie
    Even Japan cannot give human rights to refugee baby
    And Japan fully try to kill refugee's family, including small babies.

    A volunteer group for refugees in Japan request to all mankind please help that family because the family condition very very serious. The whole family life-threatening.

    The family have received big torture in Japan from Shinagawa Immigration JAR, RHQ, UNHCR.

    Watch some torture in the videos our website,

    That family detail and current situation in our website front page.

    Human have heart and feeling
    As a human Hope you and all the mankind urgently helps that family because that family health very, very serious including with small kids.