Recently, a Japanese civil group said that radiation hot spots were recorded outside 26 schools in Fukushima Prefecture.
The group said it obtained the information about the schools in Koriyama from municipal education board documents it obtained through an information disclosure request, Kyodo News reported Monday.
In January, the education board had nursery, elementary and junior high schools check air radiation levels in side ditches, hedges and drains on school property.
The results of those tests showed at least 14 elementary schools, seven junior high schools and five nursery schools had hot spots where the cumulative annual radiation dose could reach 20 millisieverts, or more than 3.8 microsieverts per hour.
When the new academic year began in April, the education board lifted a restriction that students play in schoolyards for less than 3 hours per day in the wake of the nuclear disaster last year.
Tokiko Noguchi, head of the civil group, told a press conference on Sunday, “there are many spots in schools where radiation levels still remain high,” calling on the education board to restore the restriction.
Last month, the Guardian news service in the UK reported that schools just outside the no-go zone had welcomed back its youngest residents with music, applause and speeches – but noted that they did not include a single reference to radiation.
The Guardians report only noted, that “The decontamination effort is far from complete, and authorities will have to keep a close watch on radiation levels. Areas in front of the schools measured between 0.114 and 0.16 microsieverts an hour last week – below the 0.23 microsieverts an hour the government considers safe. But in another part of the village the reading rose to 0.25 microsieverts an hour.”
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