NAHA, Japan – Okinawa is about as far away as one can get from Fukushima without leaving Japan, and that is why Minaho Kubota is there.
She was petrified of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant that went into meltdowns last year. So she grabbed her children, left her skeptical husband and moved to the small southwestern island. More than 1,000 people from the disaster zone have done the same thing.
Experts and the government say there have been no visible health effects from the radioactive contamination from Fukushima Dai-ichi so far. But they also warn that even low-dose radiation carries some risk of cancer and other diseases.
Okinawa has welcomed the people from areas affected by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that set off the nuclear disaster.