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Dishing out the Japanese food at the Bridge to Fukushima fundraising concert at the Byron Community Centre on Tuesday night this week were (l–r) Tomoko, Shingo and Natsumi.
Around 160 people attended the event, which aims to build a bridge between the communities of Byron shire and Fukushima province in Japan, which was devastated by last year’s tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Money raised at the concert will be used to bring a group of children and their carers from the radiation-affected areas of Fukushima to holiday in the Byron Bay area.
The Bridge to Fukushima project is working closely with the Fukushima Mothers Group, a group of women who want to protect their children from further radioactive contamination.
The project was formed as a follow-up to anti-nuclear activist Dr Helen Caldicott’s recent talk in Byron Bay, while another spinoff is a move to declare the Byron Bay area nuclear free.

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  1. According to n-tv a report states that the Japanese Government misappropriated
    funds that were meant for Fukushima. A lot of the 15 Billion Yen aid fund
    went to projects, that had nothing to do with Fukushima whilst the people there still suffer. While I congratulate the local effort and the personal contact to groups over there, you have to question the approach of the Japanese Government.


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