Fukushima Residents Go Green For Patricks Day



FINAL preparations are taking place today in Fukushima, Japan, for St. Patrick’s Day, where residents have ‘gone green’ to mark the event.

Keeping with tradition — alongside the Niagara Falls, the TV tower in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, the London Eye and Table Mountain in South Africa — Fukushima mayor, Sum Yung Guy, said locals have ‘greened up’ for the second year in a row.

“Everyone in Fukushima has just gone green.” he told Waterford Whispers News earlier. “Their skin is green. Their eyes are green. Everything is green!”

Tourism Ireland said the ‘over the top celebrations’ in Fukushima were probably part of the boards successful promotional drive to grow overseas tourism, and not some ill side effect of the 2011 nuclear disaster.

“Its great to see people as far away as Japan going all out by colouring their bodies green for Saint Patricks day.” said Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s chief executive. “They have obviously seen one of our many advertising campaigns to ‘green up’ for Paddies day.”

However, Japan state media reported the residents have been green for quite some time and suggested that many residents may be in need of serious medical attention.

Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar responded by saying: “Whatever the case may be, there will be some sick heads all round this Sunday in Fukushima!”