Here’s a cartoon that was apparently shown to young children in Japan, explaining their nuclear plant news.

For those wondering want this is doing on an adult’s science website, I offer in my defence the lame excuse that it is an example of science communication by analogy for the very young. While true, in reality I just find it a little surreal. Well, a whole lot surreal. You’ll see what I mean.

YouTube Preview Image

This copy of the original, which includes a translation, comes with this translation of the accompanying notes offered in the original:

Neither Mr. Hachiya nor video creator is an expert on the subject, and we advise you to obtain acurate information from the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

My thoughts and prayers are for those affected by the disaster.

And for us living outside of an affected area, should not take irrational action based on unofficial reports.

We’re hoping for everyone’s quick recovery so more people can have a smile.

(Personally, I’m not keen on the religious message in the final passages; the story had been told without it. I prefer kids’ educational material to be free of this sort of thing, so that families that would rather their kids not have a religious message don’t have to.)

Other articles in Code for Life:

Mapping connections in the brain

Message to Otago Daily Times: homeopath is not a sound career option*

Deleting a gene can turn an ovary into a testis in adult mammals

Printing a human kidney

Temperature-induced hearing loss