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Go Back to Sleep: Children return to school amid Japan nuke crisis

More than 70 schools began regular classes in Fukushima for the first time Wednesday, after government officials carried out radiation testing in the prefecture amid the ongoing nuclear crisis. A ceremony was held to mark the first day of school at Shimizu elementary school in the city of Fukushima since the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11, causing radiation leaks at a power plant. The Kyodo news agency in Japan reported that regional government officials began on Tuesday to carry out radiation testing at 1,400 kindergartens, elementary schools and junior high schools. Officials said there would not be any problems provided the children stayed outside the evacuation zone created around the plant, Kyodo reported. Evacuation is mandatory up to 12.5-miles and advised up to 19.5 miles. Japan earthquake Kyodo said parents had expressed concern about walking their children to school and allowing them to play in school yards.

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