JAPAN | Radiation limit for children will be lowered

Posted on August 4, 2011


JAPAN | NHK | 4 August 2011

The Japanese government says the yearly radiation limit for school children will be lowered as early as this month.

The government has set the limit for accumulated external radiation for children involved in outdoor activities at 20 millisieverts per year, in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident.

But many parents and teachers want the figure to be lowered. Some schools are restricting outdoor activities by their pupils even if radiation levels are below the government-set standard.

Education Minister Yoshiaki Takaki will visit an elementary school in Fukushima Prefecture on Thursday. He will inspect progress on work to replace the topsoil of its schoolyard and talk to school staff.

The ministry says it will make a final decision based on the outcome of the minister’s tour and results of radiation monitoring in the areas near the troubled Fukushima plant. The limit will be most likely lowered in late August, when the ongoing summer recess is over.

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