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Sunday, 20 October 2013

US Bans Products from Japan Due to Radionuclide Contamination & Distrust in Japan's Handling of the Situation.

By Theodora Filis

Alert: New studies show radioactive materials being carried across the Pacific from Fukushima.

— The West Coast needs to monitor pockets of high contamination — Certain areas may be affected in a significant way.

Saturday, September 28, 2013, The Dong-A-Ilbo, Korea's top newspaper, reported: “Concerns over Japan’s radioactive contamination and its seafood is spreading to most countries in the Pacific basin. The United States has recently banned agricultural and fishery imports from 14 prefectures in Japan, up from eight. South Korea puts a similar ban on fishery imports from eight prefectures, while China and Taiwan does so for 10 and five prefectures, respectively. [... The IAEA's] upcoming probe needs to shed light on the cause and situation of soil and sea water contamination. [...] It would be much better if experts from South Korea, the United States and China participate in the investigation...”

Due to the public health concerns associated with radiation and nuclear contamination, FDA has increased surveillance of regulated products from Japan. The FDA will continue monitoring the public health risks due to radionuclide contamination, and when appropriate will remove the Import Alert and resume routine coverage of entries.

Fukushima - radioactive contamination/dispersion in the pacific sea

Although 30 months have passed since the Fukushima incident, the Japanese government continues to fuel anxiety and distrust. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a meeting of International Olympic Committee members on Sept. 8, 2013 that, “contaminated water leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant were "under control" within 0.3 kilometers of the area.

However, in an interview last week with Korean media, Kenya Mizuguchi, emeritus professor of maritime science and technology at Tokyo University, rebutted Abe`s remarks, arguing that large amount of contaminated water was being leaked into the sea. 

Tokyo Electric Power Co.`s announcement, last week, that it detected 400,000 becquerels per liter of radioactive materials in a well near the reactors of the Fukushima No. 1 and 2 Nuclear Power Plants also puts Abe to shame.

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