DIY cesium scanning store may be 'new normal' - Japan
- DIY cesium scanning store may be 'new normal.'
By Jun Hongo Japan Times 1 January 2012
The surreal sight of a do-it-yourself radiation testing facility
standing next to a hardware store and an Internet cafe raises a question
for Japan: Is this the new normal? (Part 1 of 5)
The March 11 earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear disaster set the
unthinkable in motion in 2011. Teachers in Tohoku now carry Geiger
counters to check radiation levels on school grounds, and cesium
isotopes have shown up in baby formula, rice and tea. Just by tainting
the food chain, the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant
created a whole new generation of activists -- whether or not they
realized it at the time.
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