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Fukushima says radiation poses no threat to Olympic torch relay

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By Kiyoshi Takenaka

Fukushima Prefecture, home to the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, has reassured participants and spectators at the Olympic torch relay this year that they would not need to worry about radiation exposure.

The four-month torch relay ahead of the 2020 Olympics will begin on March 26 at J-Village, a soccer training centre in Fukushima that served as a frontline operations base for workers who battled the 2011 nuclear crisis.

Of more than 24,000 monitoring spots along the relay route in Fukushima, one in Iitate village, 240 km northeast of Tokyo, had the highest reading, at 0.77 microsieverts per hour, the prefecture's December survey results showed.

A four-hour stay there would bring radiation exposure to 3.08 microsieverts, or 0.003 millisieverts, well below the government's target of keeping the public's annual exposure arising from the nuclear accident below 1 millisievert.

By comparison, an air traveller is exposed to 0.1 to 0.2 millisieverts of radiation during a round trip between Tokyo and New York.

"This won't be posing any problem for holding the torch relay," Fukushima Prefecture said in a statement.

The radiation level in Iitate is about 20 times higher than that of downtown Tokyo, which registered at 0.037 microsieverts per hour on Tuesday, according to the web page of Japan's nuclear watchdog, the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

A magnitude 9 earthquake and massive tsunami hit eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, triggering the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

The buildup of contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power, has hampered what will be a decades-long recovery and alarmed neighboring countries.

Athletes from at least one country, South Korea, are planning to bring radiation detectors and their own food this summer.

The torch relay will take place in Fukushima for three days to March 28, during which more than 260 people will carry the flame, before it starts to crisscross Japanese archipelago in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics starting on July 24.

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Yeah, right! And, we believe them because......?

If this is so, why not invite and pay a team of international experts in to make a non-biased assessment of the radiation levels?

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Cut drama.. loool !!..

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In related news, it's perfect safe to swim in Tokyo Bay for the triathlon competition LOL. Here, take some antibiotics pills :)

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Lololololol yeah sure and I've got five bridges to sell you

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hahaha... just like "it's all under control".... how's that water situation doing?

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By comparison, an air traveller is exposed to 0.1 to 0.2 millisieverts of radiation during a round trip between Tokyo and New York.

so your point is; Don’t fly from Tokyo to New York everyday? Okay, I’ll stick to my once every 4 years or for others never.

A four-hour stay there would bring radiation exposure to 3.08 microsieverts, or 0.003 millisieverts, 

if that is 4 hours, what is 24? What is the exposure for people living in the area? Will the readings change with wind directions? ( windy.com )

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Only TEPCO officials should run these legs.

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The high levels of e-coli bacteria in Tokyo bay were only addressed after an independent entity reported it. How about we see an independent report of the radiation in Fukushima? One that has nothing to do with TEPCO, the J-Gov or the Japanese IOC committee.

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Phew! TODEN also said as much before the explosions of the reactors, and then again as Shimizu fled to Osaka. China has said it is not spying on its citizens in Hong Kong and elsewhere, and Putin has said he did Nothing to interfere in American politics. Trump also says he won the popular vote, while we're at it. I mean, you Simply must not question a person or entity when they are defending themselves. "Wasn't me!" and "There's Nothing wrong" cannot be questioned at all. These guys would never, ever lie to benefit themselves at all. Unheard of.

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Why would anyone really want to go near the site of a nuclear disaster?

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Fukushima says radiation poses no threat to Olympic torch relay

I'll pass thanks

Why would anyone really want to go near the site of a nuclear disaster?

beats me

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Listen to that. What a shocker... Trolls have been saying otherwise for weeks now. They are experts in pointing out the worse case scenario living in their fantasy and dreams. What's next an asteroid? Zombie apocalypse?

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