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Before March last year, if you’d asked a child in Japan about nuclear radiation you would probably have been told about Godzilla, the monster powered by mutations caused by radiation, or Tetsuwan Atomu, aka the nuclear-powered robot Astro Boy. Not any more.

As Japan goes nuclear-free (probably temporarily, though many outside the infamous “nuclear village” would prefer if it were forever) with the last of its 54 reactors shut down last week at Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s No. 3 unit, at its Tomari plant, the population — children included — has become only too well aware of the pros and cons of nuclear power. In fact you could say people in Japan are hyper-aware of the risks.

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