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“Disbelief”: Japan gov’t discontinued radiation monitoring program weeks after meltdowns — Had been operating for over 50 years, a world record

Published: February 6th, 2012 at 10:45 am ET
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Title: The Prometheus Trap / Order to Suspend Radiation Monitoring
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: YUMI NAKAYAMA
Date: Feb 6, 2012

On March 31, 2011, Michio Aoyama, a 58-year-old researcher at the Meteorological Research Institute of the Japan Meteorological Agency, was attending an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference in Monaco when he received an e-mail from Japan. [...]

As he read the message, Aoyama could not help but shake his head in incomprehension and disbelief.

“We’re discontinuing radiation monitoring? Now? But we’ve been doing it for more than half a century!” [...]

The undertaking had already set a world record as the longest of its kind, and the institute had earned the respect of many countries for it. [...]

Pandemonium broke out in the office of planning. [...]

Yasuhito Igarashi, 53, of the Atmospheric Environment and Applied Meteorology Research Department, received a phone call from a planning office staffer

“The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology informed the meteorological agency that a budgetary adjustment is necessary to cope with the nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The situation requires urgent radiation monitoring, for which the ministry has decided to use our radiation research budget …”

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Published: February 6th, 2012 at 10:45 am ET
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