JAPAN | Checking internal radiation of people begins

Posted on July 12, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 12 July 2011

An atomic energy research facility in Ibaraki Prefecture has begun screening residents from neighboring Fukushima in northeast Japan for internal radiation.

Fukushima Prefecture plans to check its entire population of about 2 million to assess the effect of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

It is now checking internal radiation levels for residents in the evacuation zone and areas near the nuclear plant as well.

Similar checks have also begun at the government-affiliated Japan Atomic Energy Agency in Tokai Village, Ibaraki where a total 28 pregnant women, parents and their small children from Namie Town arrived on Tuesday.

A piece of equipment called a Whole Body Counter will be used to determine if they have absorbed radioactive materials through food and drinks.

The facility will examine about 2,800 people from Fukushima through next month.

Takumaro Momose at the facility says he knows that people in Fukushima are fretting about internal radiation and that he explains to each person the details of their test results to help ease their anxiety.

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