Recondition stay in the Czech Republic for Japanese children from Namie
03.08.2012 / 03:07
On Tuesday 31 July 2012, the inauguration reception for the project of recondition stay in the Czech Republic for children from the areas affected by the events of 11 March 2011 and especially the nuclear disaster at Fukushima 1 took place at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Japan.
A group of 34 children, 4 teachers from the city of Namie and one interpreter working at the Czech Embassy left Japan on Tuesday 31 July 2012 to spend 12 days in the Oliva´s Paediatric Sanatorium in Říčany near Prague.
The project of recondition stay in the Czech Republic follows the promise made by H.E. Mr. Karel Schwarzenberg, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, during his working visit in Japan in October 2011. The whole project is funded by the Government of the Czech Republic according to the Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic Nr. 500 from 4 July 2012.
The children come from the city of Namie that was seriously affected by the events of 11 March 2011. Moreover, the residents of Namie were exposed to radioactive fallout from the crippled plant. The city of Namie, mere 8-10 km from the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant, falls within the exclusion zone, and its residents will not be allowed to return there for many years. After the disaster, all twenty one thousand inhabitants of Namie were evacuated within and outside Fukushima Prefecture.
The inauguration reception at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Japan was attended by Mr. K. Hamada, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, three Members of Parliament for constituencies in Fukushima Prefecture and H.E. Mr. H. D. Schweisgut, EU Ambassador to Japan.
Kyodo, Mainichi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Times, as well as regional dailies Fukushima Minpo and Fukushima Minyu were among the media present.
On this occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan issued the following statement:
The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Japan would like to express its thanks for co-operation to all who have made their contribution to bring this project into reality.