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Radiation Detected in Used Vehicle for Exports in Kawasaki

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Radiation levels of up to 58.86 microsieverts per hour have been detected in a used vehicle stored in a port facility here for exports, Kawasaki city government officials told local media.

The vehicle, now kept by its owner, was brought to the port facility in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, Monday after being auctioned in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

Kawasaki city is located in Kanagawa, Japan. It lies between Tokyo and Yokohama and forms a division of the Greater Tokyo.

The vehicle reportedly measured between 6.034 and 58.86 microsieverts in radiation, and the amount of radiation in the air around the vehicle was at 0.163 microsievert per hour.

Japanese authorities ask freight forwarders to report when 5 microsieverts or more in radiation per hour are detected in vehicles.

Radiation fears have prompted the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) to begin testing vehicles for radiation prior to shipments at home and abroad.

Meanwhile, the secretariat of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan proposed on Thursday expanding the zone where intensive disaster countermeasures are to be taken to a 30-kilometer radius of a nuclear power plant from the current 8-10 km in the event of a future nuclear accident.

The proposal was presented to the commission's working group reexamining evacuation rules for nuclear accidents in the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

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