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He said it was disturbing to see many people still living close to the exclusion zone despite the serious risk to their health after the nuclear meltdown sparked by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
The death toll from the quake - Japan's biggest on record and the world's fourth largest tectonic event since 1900 - has topped 23,000 including the missing.
"Many people really don't care because they cannot see the radiation, they cannot smell the radiation," Mr Adachi told reporters in Adelaide today.
"But the impact of the radiation will come maybe 10 years later.
"It will be a silent killer into the future."
Mr Adachi said he had come to Australia to urge the country to withdraw itself from the nuclear cycle.
"The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the Fukushima nuclear power plant, gets much of its uranium from Australia, including the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia," he said.
"I think it is important for people in South Australia to realise that the nuclear problem is a global problem and that the most responsible thing for South Australians to do is to leave the uranium in the ground."
South Australian Greens MP Mark Parnell said his party backed Mr Adachi's call.
Originally posted by CitizenNum287119327
yeah, 10 years is an understatement.
I am picking they will see birth defects within 2 years.