Japan cuts radiation limits for kids

Japan’s Education Ministry has decreased radiation exposure limits for all school children across the country to below one millisievert per year.

The ministry announced on Friday that the new instructions comprise all schools including those in Fukushima where high levels of radiation were released after the nuclear plant crisis, AFP reported.

Following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami which caused radioactive leakage at Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japanese authorities took measures to reduce nuclear exposure in the area and increased exposure limits from one to 20 millisieverts per year.

Protests were mounted in April after the Education Ministry set a radiation exposure limit of 20 millisieverts per year for children, the same dosage the International Commission on radiation Protection recommends for nuclear plant workers.

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