Japan’s Ministry of the Environment recently announced that Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company has conducted radiation tests in the area near the starting point of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Japanese media reported. Tests showed that the radiation value near the transmission starting point was more than 1,700 times higher than before the Fukushima accident.
According to reports, in November, environmental groups pointed out that the radiation level of the leaves near the starting point of the Torch Relay at the Tokyo Olympic Games was high, and Tepco immediately measured the amount of radiation in the area. The results showed that in a parking lot in the leafy area, the measurement of 1 meter above the surface was 1.79 microsieverts per hour.
Reported that although the measurement is lower than the nuclear power plant accident asylum standard of 3.8 micro-shivat/hour, but compared with the starting point of the flame monitored 0.1 micro-shivat/hour, or 18 times higher. In addition, the region’s radiation levels are more than 1,700 times higher than they were before the Fukushima accident, South Korea’s Central Daily reported.
For the measurement results, Tepco said on the 2nd, after the region again decontamination operations, radiation measurements have been reduced to 0.44 microsieverts per hour.
The Ministry of the Environment stated that “the reasons for the high level of radiation in the region are not yet known and that a more detailed (radiation) monitoring investigation is under way”.
Local government officials said the area is currently undergoing a regional renaissance because of the end of the pollution operations, “at this time this kind of thing is really regrettable”, and hope that Tepco “can effectively confirm the safety situation through data monitoring and other conditions.”
According to reports, the Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start on March 26, 2020.