Senior adviser who resigned says Japan gov’t set public’s safe radiation limit 20 times too high
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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A senior nuclear adviser to Naoto Kan, the Japanese prime minister, has submitted his resignation, alleging the government had ignored his advice on radiation limits and failed to follow the law.
Toshiso Kosako, a Tokyo University professor, who was named last month as an aide to Kan, said the government had only taken ad-hoc measures to contain the crisis at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
In a tearful press conference, he said the government and its commissions had taken “flexible approaches” to existing laws and regulations, and ignored his advice after he was named an adviser on March 16.
“I cannot help but to think (the prime minister’s office and other agencies) are only taking stopgap measures… and delaying the end” of the nuclear crisis, he told reporters.
Al Jazeera’s correspondent, Divya Gopalan, reporting from Tokyo, said the expert criticised the government’s handling of the crisis and said their action was knee-jerk.
Kosako said he could not stay on and allow the government to set what he said were improper radiation limits for elementary schools near the crippled plant.
Our correspondent said: “The expert was particularly critical of the government’s nuclear radiation exposure limit. His biggest attack was the government limit for children, which he said was 20 times too high in Fukushima Prefecture.”
“He said the radiation limit for children should have been much lower as they are being exposed to radiation, and that his recommendations were ignored.”
Source: Al Jazeera