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'.