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Children in Fukushima attend their first day of elementary school

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Children attend a ceremony on their first day of school at Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima, northern Japan on April 6. Over 70 schools began their regular classes on Wednesday in the city of Fukushima, after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11.

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A girl walks with her mother after her first day of school at the Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima on April 6.

Carlos Barria / Reuters

Children sit inside a classroom on their first day of school at Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima on April 6.

As Alan Boyle reports on Cosmic Log, the Fukushima nuclear disaster's long-term impact on Japan is expected to be considerable. I find myself wondering how these children's lives will be affected as they go through their school careers.