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Radiation-proof vehicles for police

May 2, 2013



Japan police introduce radiation-proof vehicles



Japan's National Police Agency has deployed radiation-proof vehicles at headquarters in Tokyo and Fukushima to better prepare for nuclear-related trouble.

The agency says the vehicles have lead on their bodies and windows, are air-pressurized, and can monitor atmospheric radiation levels. Each is 10.5 meters long, weighs 21 tons, and costs more than 1.5 million dollars.

The vehicles are to be mobilized in the event of terror attacks on nuclear facilities or nuclear accidents.

Since the 2001 September 11th attacks in the United States, Japan has been deploying police units at 22 of the country's nuclear facilities.

The police stepped up their alert for possible attacks on nuclear facilities after the Fukushima Daiichi plant accident showed the widespread affect of nuclear contamination on people's lives.

The agency says one of the vehicles will be used at the Fukushima plant, while one in Tokyo will be on standby for use in emergencies across Japan.

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