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Talk focuses on Fukushima disaster

Five families who were left homeless after the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Fukushima, Japan, were relocated in December 2012 to safer areas away from the failed nuclear power plant, according to Vicki Nelson who visited Fukushima.

Nelson will speak about her visit and show photos of “Fukushima Today” at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Puna Baptist Church, 13-3188 Pahoa-Kapoho Road.

She is a local nursery business owner and first visited Japan in 2007 and 2009 to showcase her program of training and employment for workers with disabilities. Nelson returned in December as a guest speaker at the Sunflower Thanksgiving Day to speak to a coalition dedicated to helping victims of the Fukushima disaster and to promote and encourage relocation as necessary.

More 2 million people, 300,000 of them children, are still living in areas with unsafe, high radiation levels, Nelson said.

“Women of Fukushima,” a video interview with several women who are organizing demonstrations in Tokoyo and other cities about Fukushima was recently shown and is available upon request.

For information about the presentation, email Nelson at

For directions to Puna Baptist Church, call 965-9970.


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