National Students' Summit to take place in Fukushima this summer
The following is another example of the Japanese government using children to deceive the public about the reality of Fukushima.
Discussion by Middle School Students on Rebuilding:
National Summit for Student Associations in Fukushima in August 2013
Summary translation of Fukushima Minpo News, a local newspaper in Fukushima, on February 9, 2013
A gathering of representatives of student associations from middle schools all over Japan will be held in Fukushima City from August 6 through 10 this year. Its name is "2013 National Summit for Student Associations". The Summit will discuss action plans to tackle challenges in Fukushima including the rebuilding of home towns and villages affected by the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake, and to make contributions to local development in other areas. The organizer, “Mugen Edutainment Foundation”, is an Osaka-based NGO that supports youth development and manages a project “SEND to 2050”. This project is funded by the Ministry of Education's grant to promote educational activities in support of local rebuilding efforts. This Summit will be held as part of this project, co-hosted by Fukushima City.
It is expected that about 170 schools will send a total of 340 students to this Summit. The host city of Fukushima is planning to send three leaders from each student association in all of its 21 schools. There will be representatives from the rest of the prefecture as well.
Based on the outcome of this Summit, student leaders are expected to get engaged in activities that will contribute to the rebuilding of individual localities during the three month period from September to December. In Fukushima, student leaders will be working on projects that are designed to counteract harmful rumors and misinformation about Fukushima resulting from the earthquake and the nuclear accident (italic by the translator), and activities to facilitate the rebuilding of affected communities through cross-generational activities.
Mr. Morishita, executive director of the Mugen Edutainment Foundation, said, “I wish that the students in the rest of the country will get to know Fukushima.” Mr. Kameda, head supervisor at the department of school education in the Fukushima City's Board of Education, expressed his expectation that "this will be a great opportunity to show that the students in Fukushima are leading happy and energetic lives".
The Mugen Edutainment Foundation is also planning to organize a 2013 Fukushima Summit for High School Student Associations.