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Japan to Plant Sunflowers to clean up Fukushima's radioactive soil Updated: 2011-05-07 00:00:00 KST

The Japanese government will plant sunflowers around Fukushima Prefecture to see if they can absorb the radioactive materials in the soil that came from the nuclear plant disaster there.
Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported Saturday that the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries decided to plant them sometime this month to verify a theory that sunflowers absorb radioactive cesium from contaminated soil and eventually purify the land.
According to the paper, sunflowers were used to decontaminate soil in Ukraine after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
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