Cover-up allegations hurting Japanese gov’t — Only 1% say Prime Minister is exercising sufficient leadership

Published: May 2nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm ET
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Fukushima parents dish the dirt in protest over radiation levels, Guardian, May 2, 2011:

[...] A group claiming to represent 250 parents in Fukushima visited the upper house of parliament and presented government officials with a bag of radioactive dirt from the playground of one of the affected schools. A geiger counter clicked over it with a reading of 38 millisieverts. [...]

Mori Yuko, an upper house member, said she was disgusted by the decision to loosen the safety limit [from 1 to 20 millisievert/year]. “Would politicians and bureaucrats allow their own children to go to a contaminated school,” she said. “This makes me furious.” [...]

[T]he allegations of cover-ups and shifting safety baselines are taking a heavy political toll. A mere 1.3% of respondents in a weekend poll by the Kyodo news agency thought Kan was exercising sufficient leadership. [...]

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