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“Weather chief hit for putting lid on SPEEDI projections” via the Japan Times Online

The chief of the Meteorological Society of Japan has drawn flak from within the academic society over a request for member specialists to refrain from releasing forecasts on the spread of radioactive substances from the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

In the request posted March 18 on the society’s website, Hiroshi Niino, a professor at the University of Tokyo, said such forecasts, which he says carry some uncertainty, “could jumble up information about the government’s antidisaster countermeasures unnecessarily.”

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