Japan Apologizes For Setting High Radiation Limits For Children

Japan apologizes for setting safety limits that allowed high radiation doses for children despite parental objections and warnings from nuclear experts.

Last year Japan set the Fukushima fallout radiation limit safety limit to 20 millisieverts per year which in effectively forced school children to be subjected to high levels of radiation.

If the government set radiation limit was lower steps would have been taken to assure school children not be subjected to the high dose.

Instead parents who objected were treated as ‘conspiracy theorists’ and social outcasts even as the government ignored warnings from many nuclear experts who pointed out the limit was too high.

Japan waited until after the radiation levels fell below 1 millisieverts per year to lower the safety limit to internationally accepted 1 millisievert per year level.

The government is now apologizing for setting the safety limit so high with the caveat that just because they set the limit so high doesn’t mean they were actually condoning children to be exposed to such high levels of radiation.

Undoubtedly we will eventually see the same apology issue for food safety limits which declares food safe to eat that was considered nuclear waste before Fukushima.

Of course the apology does nothing after the fact besides admit ‘Yeah, we lied to you because we had to protect the economy. Your children were dosed with high levels of radiation and we are sorry. ‘

Ministry sorry for school radiation limit flipflop

Japan’s education ministry says it is sorry that it initially set the radiation exposure limit for schoolchildren at a high level that drew parents’ concerns.

The ministry has drafted a report reviewing its response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that was triggered by the quake and tsunami on March 11th last year.

The report refers to a decision made in April to set the safety limit of radiation exposure for outdoor school activities at no more than 20 millisieverts per year.

At the time, the ministry said it was following recommendations by the International Commission on Radiological Protection. The ICRP advises limiting people’s exposure in a post-emergency phase to between one and 20 millisieverts per year.


In the draft report, the ministry says its initial announcement gave parents the mistaken impression that it was condoning exposure, and that it failed to respond seriously to their concerns.

Japanese nuclear experts had also pointed out that the ministry’s initial limit was too high.

The education ministry’s report does not say whether officials considered the opinions of nuclear experts, or why the ministry did not adopt the lower limit from the start.


Source: NHK

Update – Article And Video Have Been Scrubbed

For the record, this article and this video have been scrubbed from the NHK website and that is sad because the video was even more damning than the article.

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