Tamura city is one of the Evacuation order lifting preparation areas. (up to 20mSv/y)
In July, 2013 the Japanese government officials held a meeting in Tamura-city to explain to residents that they needed to look after themselves from now on. Originally they were aiming to reduce the level of contamination down to 0.23uSv/h (=added ionizing radiation 1mSv/y). However they have now abandoned this aim and are not going to repeat any more decontamination.
The officials have suggested to residents that it's OK to live there even if the level of radiation doesn't go down below 0.23uSv/h as long as they monitor their exposure level by wearing the dosimeter and manage to live carefully inside their house so as not to be exposed to more than 0.23uSv/h.
*Fukushima's Returning Residents 2013 Residents in Tamura-city were interviewd
*A Car filter that had been used running in Tamura-city was measured 2,444Bq/kg
The content of weight: 31g in total with 24g of content, 1.5 hrs length of measurement pic.twitter.com/7mnz9KArxO
I couldn't believe what's been said in this below article. The farmers were wearing masks and protective clothing while they were planting rice. Understandably, this article drew lots of comments. You will see them in the japantoday.com (link at the bottom), although the article has expired and is no longer available. (Mia)
*Farmers resume planting rice near crippled Fukushima site
It was the first time since the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster that farmers have gone inside the former 20-kilometer “no-go” zone around the doomed plant to sow rice intended for sale.
The zone has been redefined to let people access areas where the levels of radiation from the plant have been relatively low. Tens of thousands of people remain unable to return to their homes.
On May 18, three farmers started planting rice seedlings in paddies over an area of six hectares in the city of Tamura, a Fukushima regional agriculture official said.
“The work has progressed smoothly as the weather recovered,” Tsuneaki Onami told AFP by telephone.
The rice paddies are located in Miyakoji district where a few dozen farmers used to live before they were evacuated after the devastating quake and tsunami left the plant spewing radiation from its molten reactors.
Since April last year, former residents have been permitted to re-enter the district during the daytime—they are not allowed to stay there overnight.
Japanese regulation is 100Bq/kg (of cesium). So this could mean that contaminated food which they can’t sell in Japan could be exported outside Japan, claiming it's safe. USA (1200zBq) and EU (1250Bq). At least US tightened ban importing food from Tohoku area after the leaks of radioactive water into the sea. So EU citizens, you need to watch what's ending up on the food table. (Mia)
*CODEX and Food Safety? The hidden world of radioactive food! http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/codex-and-food-safety-hidden-world-of.html