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Children from Fukushima come to Hawaii for summer

HONOLULU (AP) - Six children from the Japanese region most affected by the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl are in Hawaii for some rest and relaxation.

The Fukushima children landed on Hawaii Island in late June. They'll ill visit Oahu later this month.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the program was started by Fukushima resident Marian Moriguchi, who was born and raised on Oahu.

She says organizers want the children to spend their summer vacation outdoors and to breathe the clean, fresh air of the Hawaiian Islands. Moriguchi says many parents in Fukushima won't let their children play outside for more than 30 minutes to an hour because of radiation concerns.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant went into multiple meltdowns after the March 2011 tsunami. Decommissioning the plant is expected to take decades.

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