Friday, 14th October 2011
In General Japan News,
Town's sigh of relief over radiation panic
Residents of Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, breathed a sigh of relief after fears radioactive materials stemming from the Fukushima nuclear plant turned out to be substances that can be used for luminous paint.
Discovered under the floorboards of an elderly woman's home, stores of bottles and test tubes containing white powder were shown to be emitting a radiation level of 600 microsieverts per hour, the Japan Daily reported.
They have now been stored in a wooden box and taken into custody by a radioactive isotope disposal agency, the science ministry revealed.
The woman, thought to be as old as 90, was surprised by the discovery after claiming she had never seen the bottles before.
It is believed she was exposed to roughly 30 millisieverts of radiation per year, however, that does not seem to have impacted on her health.
It is ten years since the woman's husband died, and since then her daughter has been in to check on her every couple of months.
Her husband was an office worker and there is no reason to believe he had any connections to radioactive isotopes.
Last week, the Japanese government approved a recovery budget worth £100 billion that will go towards restoring the nation's former economic glory.
Posted by Graham McPherson