Radiation testing has begun in Tokyo, with officials testing levels at 100 locations across the city. The capital is 240 kilometres south-west of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, where reactors were damaged following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
In a bid to reassure parents, the local government is monitoring areas including playgrounds and parks but some residents aren’t too impressed. Housewife Nakagawa Keiko is one of them. She said “it is a positive thing that Tokyo’s government has begun its own radiation checks, but we’ve been looking at radiation levels on foreign websites, so it’s a bit too late to start now.”
Tokyo Electric Power Company, operators of the Fukushima plant, have unveiled a plan to cover and seal the leaking reactors. The project will involve using remote-controlled cranes with an insulating material to wrap around the whole building, reducing the amount of radioactive substances contaminating water.