Senior adviser who resigned says Japan gov’t set public’s safe radiation limit 20 times too high

Sunday, May 1, 2011
By Paul Martin
May 1st, 2011

Japanese government nuclear adviser quits, CBC News, April 30, 2011:

A senior nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has resigned, criticizing the government for ignoring his advice on radiation limits and not doing enough to deal with the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. […]

The government has set 20-millisievert limit for radiation exposure as safe, but according to [Toshiso Kosako, a professor at the University of Tokyo], that is 20 times too high, especially for children, who are considered more vulnerable to radiation than adults. […]

Kosako went on to criticize the lack of transparency in Kan’s government in dealing with the radiation leak and blasted it for not taking long-term action.

“I cannot help but to think [the government and other agencies] are only taking stopgap measures.” […]

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