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Iodine availability

May 9, 2014


Areas near reactors checked for iodine supply




Japan's government has begun checking whether 24 of the country's prefectures have supplies of iodine tablets required for people living within 30 kilometers of nuclear power plants.

The prefectures' governments must store such tablets to be distributed to residents in case of nuclear emergencies. The central government finances such supplies.

Iodine is said to be useful in preventing the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive substances.

The government began the investigation after Niigata Prefecture was found to have failed to store more than 1.3 million tablets necessary for residents within 30 kilometers of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant.

A prefectural official admitted to forging documents and pretending to buy the tablets. His boss did not confirm delivery.

Government officials in charge of nuclear disaster prevention are to visit Niigata Prefecture next week to look into the case.

May 9, 2014 - Updated 06:46 UTC

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