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    One-hundred and twenty-two children fell ill in Tokyo, Japan Thursday (June 1) from photo-chemical smog.?

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    One-hundred and twenty-two children fell ill in Tokyo, Japan Thursday (June 1) from photo-chemical smog. The smog problem has become critical within the last few weeks as hundreds of students have succumbed to its effects.

    The Tokyo metropolitan government is considering a complete ban on all but emergency traffic on inner city streets during heavy smog.

    In this latest incident, primary and secondary school students were affected. They suffered from headaches, sore threats, and some with convulsions. Some students were taken to hospital and after being treated with pure oxygen were released the same day.

    Japan is a highly industrialised country with few standards for pollution control. The photo-chemical smog is caused by automobile and factory emissions being acted on by sunlight.

    The photo-chemical pollution problem is not restricted to Tokyo. On the same day that the 122 students were struck in that city, 517 were affected in the city of Osaka.

    The Japanese pollution problem will be one of the areas discussed at the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment which opens in Stockholm, Sweden on Monday (5 June).

    Tokyo, Japan is one of the world's largest cities, and has one of the most critical pollution problems. Sunlight acting on automobile and industrial fumes creates a dangerous combination called photo-chemical smog. Children are among the most susceptible. At this school 122 students complained of disorders on Thursday. They were treated for headaches, acre threats, chest pains, and some with convulsions in their arms and legs. The problem of photo-chemical pollution has become so critical that the metropolitan government of Tokyo is considering plans for banning all traffic from the down-town area during heavy smog.

    A government investigation team was at the school to evaluate the conditions of the pupils.

    The students suffering from convulsions were taken to hospital. They were given treatment with pure oxygen and their condition carefully monitored.....This pollution problem doesn't exist just in Tokyo. On the same day these children were being treated, over 500 others were suffering the same ill effects in Osaka, in the southern part of the country.

    While these patients were kept in hospital for only part of a day, and then released, the problem facing Japan is a continuing one; a highly industrialised country suffering the consequences of its prosperity.

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