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Japan using lessons learned from Chernobyl


The Japanese government on Tuesday said it has used lessons learned from the Chernobyl disaster to tackle its own atomic crisis.

The Fukushima nuclear plant was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and has been leaking radioactive material ever since. Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of the nuclear explosion in Ukraine.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said: “The studies and research on what health problems could emerge based on Chernobyl have became an asset and knowledge shared by all humanity.”

He said those studies helped the government decide how to allocate evacuation and no-entry orders. Edano added that the Japanese plant had leaked about one-tenth of the radioactive material which was released at Chernobyl.

Two weeks ago, the government raised the disaster level to 7, the highest possible according to a ranking devised by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Officials said the reason for the raised alert was due to the amount of radioactive particles released into the atmosphere.

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