Tuesday, February 26, 2013

#Fukushima Prefectural Officials Want Children to Come to Fukushima on School Trips, Promise "Charm and Safety" and "Heart-Throbbing Experience"

Meanwhile in Fukushima Prefecture, the officials are ever more eager to persuade schools in other parts of Japan to send their pupils and students to Fukushima, for educational trips.

The officials hope that school educational trips will result in increase of tourism revenue for the prefecture.

From one of the Fukushima local newspaper Kahoku Shinpo (2/23/2013):

「教育旅行」福島に来れ! 県、呼び戻しへ本腰

Come to Fukushima on "educational trips"! The prefecture to make serious effort to win them back


Fukushima Prefecture will make serious effort to win back the school trips and excursions to Fukushima, which have declined in numbers after the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident. The prefecture will develop trip plans based on the experience of the nuclear accident and the March 11, 2011 disaster, and sell such trip plans to teachers, parents and children on Fukushima's charm and safety.


Residents from the tsunami-affected areas and (former) evacuees in the nuclear accident evacuation zone will act as "storytellers" to relate their experience to the children. In addition to regular tourist spots, children will get to see the disaster-affected areas where possible. The prefecture will ask multiple travel agencies to propose trip plans.


The prefecture will continue to visit schools in the Tokyo Metropolitan areas and in Kyushu to persuade them to come to Fukushima again. These schools stopped school trips to Fukushima after the nuclear accident. The budget of about 75 million yen [US$814,000] has been included in the fiscal 2013 budget.


The number of students who came to Fukushima on school trips was about 710,000 in the fiscal 2009, and 670,000 in the fiscal 2010. In the fiscal 2011 when the nuclear accident happened, the number collapsed to 130,000. The school trips from Tokyo, which used to be 20% of total school trips to Fukushima, decreased by 83% in the number of school trips and by 91% in the number of students.


There were 38,000 students from [neighboring] Miyagi Prefecture in the fiscal 2010, but the number dropped to 6,100 in the fiscal 2011.


In the current fiscal year of 2012, there are signs of recovery in the Aizu region [mountain third of the prefecture], but fear of radiation among schools and parents is deep-seated.


Fukushima Tourism Section says, "We would like [students and pupils] to see the prefecture whose life is getting back to normal, and we hope that will revive the tourism in Fukushima."

"Normal life" in Fukushima has nothing to do with the existence of radiation, much elevated than in the surrounding prefectures, but in the minds of these officials "normal life" equals "no radiation".

Or "no immediate effect on life and health", as, after all, the vast majority of Fukushima residents have stayed put for one reason or another (blaming the job situation or blaming children for wanting to stay, for example).

To promote the school trips and excursions to Fukushima, the prefecture has set up this website, no doubt paid for generously with taxpayers' money (i.e. national government subsidies). The title of the site says:


Heart-throbbing experience in Fukushima!! We gotta do it! Educational trips to Fukushima Prefecture


Anonymous said...

Cesium accumulates into muscles, including the cardiac one; maybe a little "throbbing" should be expected.

Scott said...

Why do many Japanese advertisement slogans like this read like there written by children or adults with a very limited vocabulary? It's so simplistic. Is everything written with the lowest common denominatior in mind? Are they really banking on people being so stupid and forgetful about something as catastrophic as 311?

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Scott, to answer your questions,

- Because they are written for children and adults with a very limited vocabulary. In case of adults, they limit their own vocabulary (and probably their thoughts) to get by in the world with the lowest common denominator and PC.
- Yes.
- Yes.

Vyse Legendaire said...

That has got to be one of the funnies slogans I've ever heard, especially for a nuclear contaminated fallout zone.

Anonymous said...

Scott, Japan is a land full of babies, who have only one thought: FEED ME!

The ones who think different than that, are looked down on by their parents ( government ) and even taken down too.
There are so many cases known that critical well known people / politicians are blamed for touching a femail breast in the train and alike. And those sexual harrashments that never can be proven, as you only have the word of the ( hired?) female.
Other tatics are to keep politician busy in court, is to blame them that they received money from abroad for ther politcal campaign, which is forbidden. We are talking than of ONE donation of USD 100,= or so... and after 5 years it came out that it wasn't so.
Yhe patern is so obvious, that we are making jokes about it at home, but the government doesn't care, there babies are interested in only one thing FEED ME!!!

So expect more of this hair rasing logic of the 'Japanese parents'...

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

David Bowie's song always reminds me of Japan:

Oh what a criminal
where the boys are like baby-faced girls

Anonymous said...

@ Laprimavera: Ha, Ha, Babyfaced girls, that couldn't be more true for Japan.
I do not think that somewhere else it's so much better than Japan, but i do also not understand why it is so bad in Japan...

Anonymous said...

@Anon above
It might be more prevalent in Japan because it's more acceptable or "normal" there. Unless I'm mistaken, boys like baby-faced girls haven't been as widely acceptable in the West until recently.

In other words, I think it's just different cultures reaching a specific point at different times.

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