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Monday, 31 October 2011

Crisis spokesman drinks decontaminated water


Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office Yasuhiro Sonoda, who briefs the media about the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant, staged a reckless safety appeal Monday by drinking a glass of supposedly "safe" water — decontaminated from low-level radioactive water taken from puddles inside the buildings housing reactors 5 and 6 at the plant.
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Cesium light?: Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office Yasuhiro Sonoda drinks a glass of decontaminated water taken from the Fukushima No. 1 plant during a news conference Monday at Tepco headquarters in Tokyo. KYODO PHOTO

Sonoda, a Lower House member from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said he drank the water after freelance journalists repeatedly prodded him during previous news conferences to "prove" the environment around the stricken plant is safe, as claimed by the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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