Asahi: High radiation levels found at possible Olympic sites — Japan Professor: Radioactive materials have spread throughout greater Tokyo; Region remains in “emergency situation”?

Published: October 8th, 2013 at 4:22 am ET
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Title: High radiation levels found at possible Olympic sites; Tokyo dismisses data
Source: Asahi Shimbun (Weekly Aera)
Author: Shoji Nomura
Date: October 8, 2013

A citizens group said it measured high radiation levels at candidate venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the metropolitan government disputes the data and the International Olympic Committee has shown little interest. [...]

The group said some of the potential venues for the Summer Games had radiation levels exceeding the Tokyo metropolitan government’s standards for decontamination [...]

Kunikazu Noguchi, an associate professor of radiation protection at Nihon University

  • “There is no doubt that some Olympic venues with higher than normal airborne radiation levels have been contaminated”
  • He believes that radioactive materials have spread throughout the greater Tokyo metropolitan area
  • “In both the Tohoku and Kanto regions, we are now at a stage of moving from an emergency situation to a more normal one”
  • “In order to move back to a normal situation as quickly as possible, the basic principle for radiation protection is to quickly decontaminate any area where readings exceeding 0.23 microsievert per hour are found”
  • “Saying there is no problem without even measuring for radiation is the same response as the Democratic Party of Japan government immediately after the Fukushima nuclear accident”
  • “As host nation for the Olympics, it is imperative that radiation levels at the venues be released to the world”

See also: Study: Contamination in Tokyo suburb 3 times higher than area 1 mile from Fukushima Daiichi -- Nuclear Scientist: Significant contamination in Tokyo, a serious problem (AUDIO)

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