05 Apr '12, 2am

Swiss treks across Japan to boot radiation fears

Swiss treks across Japan to boot radiation fears

The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 A Swiss man who walked from Hokkaido to Kagoshima Prefecture on foot in five months to dispel fears of radiation in the country among people overseas is receiving worldwide attention. Thomas Kohler, 44, worked at a travel agency in Zurich before the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. He was in charge of arranging trips to Japan, but was forced to quit after many customers canceled trips to Japan because they believed the entire nation had become contaminated. His journey has been reported by national and foreign media, and Japan's Tourism Agency issued a note of appreciation to him in February for his efforts to alleviate deeply rooted radiation fears among people abroad. His blog, on which he recorded his encounters with local residents in Japanese, English and German, has also gained popularit...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1S...

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