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Japan to give radiation meters to children living near Fukushima plan via Global Post

Japan’s Fukushima city will give radiation meters to 34,000 children living near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in an attempt to calm public fears over exposure to radiation.

Children between the ages of four and 15 are to wear the radiation measuring devices, called dosimeters, around the clock for three months starting in September, a Fukushima education official told Agence France-Presse.

While Fukushima city is outside the Japanese government’s 12-mile no-go zone around the nuclear plant, many residents are worried about radiation exposure. The plant is less than 40 miles away from the city.

“We received the voice from the parents and citizens concerned about radiation exposure of the children. We decided to distribute them for the safety and assurance,” Masazo Kikuchi, officer of the city’s education board, told CNN.

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  1. norma field says

    The article goes on to say, “Since the March 11 disaster, Japan has raised the legal radiation exposure limit for people, including children, from one to 20 millisieverts per year. This matches the safety standard for nuclear industry workers in many countries, but has drawn concerns from parents and environmental groups.”

    What’s the “but” doing in there? Children are more susceptible than adults! Not that it makes any sense for nuclear industry workers to be “legally” exposed to excess radiation, either.



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