Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fukushima-made firework show canceled due to citizens' radiation fear - 20th Sept 2011

A festival in Nisshin, Aichi Prefecture did not use fireworks produced in Fukushima Prefecture during a Sunday night display after some citizens expressed fear of radiation, city officials said Monday.

The city and a local commerce and industry association organized the fireworks to show their support for the reconstruction of areas hit hard by the March earthquake and tsunami. They planned to shoot some 2,000 fireworks, including some produced in each of the three worst-hit prefectures of Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate.

But the city decided not to set off 80 fireworks produced by the company Kanno Enkaten in the Fukushima town of Kawamata after it received phone calls and emails from some citizens complaining about a plan to bring fireworks that may be "contaminated" with radiation to the event, according to city officials.

The organizers shot the fireworks from Miyagi and Iwate as planned during the event.

Nisshin Mayor Kozo Hagino said the decision was "regrettable," while the producer was displeased saying it prepared the fireworks to encourage those who evacuated to Aichi from areas affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Tadao Kanno, president of the Fukushima-based fireworks maker, said, "I'm very chagrined as we heard a lot of people in Fukushima have been evacuated to Aichi and we wanted to encourage them." Source