FUKUSHIMA RADIATION LEVELS REMAIN HIGH, U.N. URGES EVACUATION ORDERS TO REMAIN

Written by Yao Quan

A U.N. human rights expert has called on the Japanese government to halt the return of women and children displaced by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

In wake of the disaster, the Japanese government raised the annual acceptable level of radiation from 1 millisievert to 20 millisieverts, which raised concerns for the health of residents.

Baskut Tuncak, the U.N. special rapporteur on hazardous substances, claims that radiation levels remain unacceptably high in Fukushima, and has thus criticised the government’s move to remove all evacuation orders within the next five years.

In response, Japan’s government refuted the statement and dismissed his claims as fanning “unnecessary fears” about Fukushima.

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