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Radiation found in Tokyo water, infants shouldn't drink
Radiation exceeding health limits for infants was found in a Tokyo city water purifier and authorities are advising that the water not be given to babies, a Tokyo Metropolitan Government official said, confirming an earlier report by NHK public TV.
Tokyo water 'unfit for babies' due to high radiation
Officials in Toyko say that radiation levels in the city's tap water make the water unfit for babies to drink.
Iodine levels in some areas are twice the recommended safe level.
The authorities have also imposed new restrictions on food from areas affected by leaks from the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States also announced restrictions on certain food imports.
Levels of radioactive iodine-131 in some areas of Tokyo is 210 becquerels per litre; the safe level for infants in 100 becquerels per litre.
People have been warned not to give the water to infants, although there is no immediate health to adults.
Asian Stocks Retreat on Iodine in Tokyo Tap Water
Asian stocks fell, with the regional benchmark index set for its first loss in four days, after levels of iodine unsafe for infants were reported in Tokyo tap water as worked struggled to reconnect power to a damaged nuclear reactor.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. slumped 6.4 percent after rising as much as 7 percent before a Tokyo official warned against allowing infants to drink tap water. Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s biggest carmaker, declined 2.1 percent after extending production halts. Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd. plunged 6.1 percent in Sydney after Australia’s second-largest airline forecast an annual loss. China Coal Energy Co. slumped 7.6 percent in Hong Kong after earnings missed estimates.
“Investor focus has moved to the medium-term consequences of the natural disaster to the Japanese and global economies,” said Tim Schroeders, a money manager in Melbourne at Sydney- based Pengana Capital Ltd., which manages about $1 billion.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.5 percent to 132.32 as of 2:47 p.m. in Tokyo. About five stocks dropped for every four that rose on the index. The gauge last week recorded its biggest weekly drop since the height of the European debt crisis in May, as Japan fought to prevent a nuclear disaster after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and as tensions escalated in Libya.
“There are still a lot of uncertainties surrounding the nuclear fallout, as well as aftershocks, and we won’t be seeing a stable market for a while,” said Yoshinori Nagano, a senior strategist in Tokyo at Daiwa Asset Management Co., which oversees about $104 billion. “No one thinks the nuclear crisis has ended completely.”
Originally posted by loam
Does someone know where Tokyo's water supply comes from?edit on 23-3-2011 by loam because: (no reason given)
Radiation Scare Spreads To 11 Types Of Fukushima Vegetables
The Japanese government on Wednesday urged people not to eat 11 types of vegetable grown near the quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeast Japan after levels of radioactivity in the produces, were found to have far exceeded legal limits, reported Jiji Press.
According to the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry, 82,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium-134 was detected in one kilogramme of "kukitachina" leafy green vegetable grown in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture.
The figure is 164 times the 500-becquerel limit prescribed under the Food Sanitation Act.
The ministry said the consumers should avoid eating for time being some contaminated vegetables grown near the faltering power plant such as broccoli, spinach, cabbage and cauliflower.
The advisory which from the ministry came following consultations with the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan, also said that the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations has stopped shipments of the contaminated vegetables as of Monday.
Health Ministry said consuming 100 grams of the most contaminated vegetable for 10 days, is the equivalent of ingesting half the amount of radiation a person would typically be exposed to in the natural environment in one year.
The prefecture has been instructed to refrain from consuming and shipping turnips and similar green leaf vegetables grown in the prefecture including, "shinobufuyuna," "santona," "chijirena," "kosaitai" and "aburana" rape vegetables.
Fukushima Prefecture previously received an official order from the government to halt all shipments of parsley and raw milk and on Wednesday neighbouring Ibaraki prefecture received the same order to halt its shipments of raw milk and parsley.
Meanwhile, radioactive iodine in excess of the safety limit was found in raw milk produced in two municipalities of Ibaraki Prefecture, which borders on Fukushima Prefecture.
Higher-than-allowed radioactive substances were also detected in parsley grown in two other cities of Ibaraki.
Originally posted by silent thunder
reply to post by BeatSymphonic
Supposedly the official limits in Japan are 100 becquerels per kg for infants and 300 for adults. I'm hearing readings of 250 found in some drinking water.edit on 3/23/11 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by BeatSymphonic
I'm on the verge of telling my family in Tokyo to stock up on bottled water.
Originally posted by Jinglelord
reply to post by Noscible
Infants and children in particular are extra susceptible to any kind of radiation because their cells are in the process of rapidly dividing and growing. Radiation causes a disruption in this and can cause much more severe issues than in adults.
Plus if you're in your 40s and the radiation levels will give you cancer in 30 years nobody cares... if you're a newborn and get cancer in 30 years it is a big deal...