Does this sound familiar? It might, this was the level the government tried to slap on children in Japan before international outrage made them rethink that idea.
Now the incoming LDP government politicians are suggesting that 20 mSv/year be considered a safe level all around. Why? So life can get back to normal in Fukushima. The ICRP guideline documents 1mSv/year as the maximum people should be subjected to. Many researchers and rights groups think the ICRP guideline may be too relaxed at 1mSv/year.
Former TV journalist Yoshiko Sakurai told a group of officials of Futaba county, one of the hardest hit areas of the disaster, this new idea to loosen safety rules. This looser safety rule also allows the government to declare more areas “safe” or not in need of decontamination. These levels are well above the radiation evacuation zones in Chernobyl. There is considerable speculation that these loosening of safety rules will allow the government to declare an area “safe” then refuse to fully compensate those who lost their homes by claiming it is safe to return, the resident simply doesn’t want to. This all leaves some wondering if Sakurai will be appointed to Abe’s incoming cabinet in a position that deals with the disaster.
Levels in Japan vs. Chernobyl Evacuation Zones: JapanRadzonesVsChernobyl
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