TOKYO, Oct. 20 — The government has deliberately raised radiation thresholds in order to minimize the economic impact on Fukushima prefecture, said Hiroaki Koide, an assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, according to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur’s Takehiko Kambayashi.
The government could not make the radiation limit any lower than 20 millisieverts per year because if they did most of the prefecture would then have to be evacuated, leading to a “national-level crisis”.
“So they believed that they had no choice but to expose residents to radiation,” said Koide.
Published: October 21st, 2011 at 5:35 am ET
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