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Japan:High level of radioactivity in Tochigi mushrooms

Friday, November 11, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 11,2011

8 months passed since the March disaster

High level of radioactivity in Tochigi mushrooms

Radioactive cesium exceeding government standards has been detected in mushrooms grown outdoors in Tochigi Prefecture, about 120 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The Tochigi prefectural government said on Thursday that it had measured 649 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram of kuritake mushrooms grown outdoors in a city in the prefecture. This level exceeds the government limit of 500 becquerels.

Four other cities in Tochigi Prefecture, southwest of the nuclear plant, have already refrained from shipping their mushrooms.

The prefecture asked the city to voluntarily refrain from shipping its mushrooms and to recall those already on the market.
Earlier this month, levels of radioactive cesium exceeding the government standard were also found in shiitake mushrooms grown in Yokohama, about 260 kilometers from the nuclear plant.


8 months passed since the March disaster


It’s been 8 months since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. But there’s still a long way to go before full-fledged reconstruction is possible.

Police say 19,488 people have been confirmed dead or remain missing as of November 10th.

The number of those confirmed dead is 9,501 in Miyagi Prefecture, 4,665 in Iwate Prefecture, and 1,604 in Fukushima Prefecture. 1,995 people remain missing in Miyagi, 1,427 people in Iwate, and 226 in Fukushima.

Reconstruction plans for the disaster-hit areas have been drawn up in 8 municipalities in Iwate, and 7 in Miyagi.

The government’s newly established rebuilding subsidies and other funds will shoulder all costs for relocation of residents to higher ground or inland regions.

But the locals will need more time to form a consensus on the mass relocations and reconstruction projects.

Also, no criterion has been set to assess the value of flooded land the government will purchase from owners.


Laaska News.