Radiation Invades Cycle Of Life Through
Fukushima Power Plant
EMF Protection Devices
Magnetic Field Detector
"It's what happens in fall. It's the time for leaves to
change their home ... Everything dies. No matter how big or
small, how weak or strong. We first do our job. We
experience the sun and the moon, the wind and rain. We learn
to dance and to laugh. Then we die," Daniel, the left, tells
friend Freddie in "The Fall of Freddie the Leaf" authored by
The story is about the cycle of life shown by leaves that
fall with the arrival of winter and return to the soil.
Leaves aren't the only things that eventually return to the
"Does the tree die, too?" Freddie asks.
"Someday," Daniel replies. "But there is something stronger
than the tree. It is life. That lasts forever and we are all
a part of life."
As a result of the ongoing crisis at the tsunami-hit
Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, radioactive substances
have invaded the cycle of life through fallen leaves. The
contamination of leaf soil used for gardening has become a
major social problem, and high levels of radiation have been
detected in areas where there are concentrations of fallen
leaves, causing concern among local residents.
At the same time, some experts hope that if fallen leaves in
which radioactive substances can easily accumulate are
removed, it will help decontaminate forests efficiently. A
survey conducted by a study team at the Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology Ministry shows that 90
percent of radioactive cesium that spread to broad-leave
tree forests from the crippled nuclear plant was accumulated
in fallen leaves while only 10 percent infiltrated into the
Another survey by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Ministry shows that the amount of radiation at forests
declined by up to 50 percent after workers removed fallen
leaves that contained toxic foreign substances.
Still, countless "Freddies" that sacrificed themselves to
protect the forests and people may proudly say, "We did our
job for the forests and people." In sharp contrast, how
sinful and shameful humans are even though they are also
part of the cycle of life?
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