Japan Forest Agency to investigate cesium movements in pollen and leaves next month

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In preparation for the spring pollen season, the Forestry Agency announced that starting from late November it intends to investigate the cedar forest near the Abukuma Mountains, to check the cesium movements from the leaves of Japanese cedar.

In the MEXT survey there are over 7,000 datapoints measured that could be potentially contaminted, but experience has shown that many more undocumented locations exist.  This is the first study ever on this type of contamination migration, and was in response to a series of inquiries that questioned the impact on a wide range of areas and people due to pollen flying.

In Kawamata, cesium up to 170,000 bq/kg were detected in leaves of cedar trees in the area.

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