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In Japan, a trial by water via The Hindu

A Japanese Member of Parliament has drunk water collected from a radioactive puddle inside the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, after journalists challenged him to prove it was safe.

Yasuhiro Sonoda, a Lower House member from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, appeared nervous and his hands shook as he downed a glass of water during a televised news conference.

The water he drank was taken from puddles under two reactor buildings. It is decontaminated before being used for tasks such as watering plants.

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami had wrecked the nuclear power plant, causing partial meltdowns in three of its reactors.

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