Fukushima nuke statue apology

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Criticism of the Fukushima City art installation of “Sun Child” statue wearing radiation protective suit
sankei.com | 2018.8.12 (funky Google Translate)
“Fighting rumor damage of Fukushima nuclear accident”: Amid criticism of the statue installed near JR Fukushima Station, a public apology was issued on the 12th.
Created by the artist, Kenji Yanobe, the “Sun Child” statue is about 6.2 meters high and depicts a child with its protective helmet removed and a chest-mounted radiation dosimeter indicating “000.”
At the statue’s unveiling ceremony held on May 3, Mayor Hiroshi Kibata said, “Contemporary art is abstractly expressed unlike science” and asked for understanding…blah, blah, blah…
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In a way the criticism of the statue by people of Fukushima City is understandable since the level of background radiation in Fukushima City and most Fukushima prefecture is the same as anywhere else in Japan.
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3 thoughts on “Fukushima nuke statue apology”

  1. Fukushima residents complain over statue of child in radiation suit
    Critics say artwork outside train station gives impression area is unfit for habitation

    theguardian.com | Mon 13 Aug 2018
    Residents of Fukushima have demanded the removal of a statue of a child in a protective suit from outside the city’s railway station, saying it gives the impression that the area is unfit for human habitation as a result of the 2011 nuclear disaster.
    The statue, by Kenji Yanobe, depicts a child dressed in a yellow Hazmat-style suit, with a helmet in one hand and an artistic representation of the sun in the other.
    Yanobe said his Sun Child, which was installed by the municipal government after appearing at art exhibitions in Japan and overseas, was intended to express his desire for a nuclear-free world.
    The artist said he did not mean to give the impression that local children needed to protect themselves from radiation more than seven years after the Fukushima Daiichi plant became the scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
    He pointed out that the child was not wearing the helmet and that a monitor on its chest showed radiation levels at “000”,,,
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    His statue drew criticism on social media and in messages to the city government after it went on display this month. “It will cause damage to Fukushima’s reputation because it gives the impression that people cannot live there without protective gear”...
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  2. It’s a relief to see that this radiation suit is gender-neutral.

    It even allows for breast feeding.

    gender-neutral

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