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Radiation posts to be set up in Western Japan

July 26, 2017


Radiation monitoring posts to be set up in Japan




Japan's nuclear regulator plans to set up 2 monitoring posts in western Japan to detect radioactive fallout from abroad.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority will set up both posts inside Self-Defense Force bases. One will be on the island of Unijima, which lies about 70 kilometers from the Korean Peninsula and is part of the city of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture. The other will be on Okinawa's Yonaguni Island.

The authority plans to install them by the end of this year and put them into operation by March next year.

The monitoring posts will be the first set up to prepare for the possibility of a nuclear test by North Korea or a nuclear plant accident in South Korea or Taiwan.

The NRA secretariat says the aim is to detect airborne radioactive fallout quickly and accurately, so appropriate response measures can be taken.




July 24, 2017

NRA to put radiation posts on Tsushima, Yonaguni to monitor atomic plants in South Korea and Taiwan






The Nuclear Regulation Authority will open new radiation monitoring posts Tsushima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture and Yonaguni Island in Okinawa to broaden its ability to detect power plant accidents overseas, sources say.


The new outposts will be closer to South Korea and Taiwan, respectively, which both host multiple atomic plants. The NRA looks to have the outposts up and running by March, sources close to the NRA said Sunday.


The installation on Tsushima will be about 70 km from the Kori nuclear power plant in southern South Korea, while the Yonaguni installation will be roughly 130 km away from a nuclear power plant in northern Taiwan.


Both South Korea and Taiwan have several nuclear power plants, and nuclear accidents there could produce radioactive fallout that lands in Japan.


Japan reinforced nuclear safety measures in the wake of the triple core meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 plant in Fukushima Prefecture in March 2011.


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