Japanese Government Witholds Information about Radiation Levels from the Public
U. S. provided maps showing radiation levels around the Fukishima nuclear power plant were hidden from the public by the Japanese government.
Keeping vital information under wraps
The United States, three days after the Fukishima nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011, provided the Japanese government with maps showing the scope of radiation spread throughout the region. The maps revealed that residents living in an area northwest of the Fukishima Daichi nuclear power plant were being exposed to eight times the yearly normal dose of radiation every eight hours, or twenty-four times the normal yearly dose every single day. Despite the information made available to the Japanese government, no order was given to evacuate the area affected.
Now they say they are sorry
Japan's Industry Minister, Yukio Edano, apologized yesterday, June 18th, saying "It is extremely regrettable that this information was not shared or utilized properly within the government and I have no words to apologize, especially to the disaster victims."
This news comes only two days after the government announced, despite the strong opposition of the majority of the Japanese people, that it would restart two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant. The Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, said that "We are determined to make further efforts to restore people's trust in nuclear policy and safety regulations." I am not certain anyone would want to buy a used car from that man.
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