Fukuoka Prepares for China’s PM2.5 Smog cloud

The average daily amount of the toxic air pollutant PM2.5 was forecast to reach 42 micrograms per cubic meter in the city of Fukuoka on Friday, topping the national environmental standard of 35 micrograms, city officials said.

PM2.5, or hazardous particulate matter measuring below 2.5 microns, or 2.5 thousandths of a millimeter, in diameter is drifting from China and the Fukuoka Municipal Government is urging people with respiratory disorders to wear masks and citizens in general to be careful about air pollution.

This is the third time the daily PM2.5 level has been projected to top the allowable level since Feb. 15, when local governments began daily forecasts. The city of Fukuoka also projected the daily amount of PM2.5 would top the allowable level on Feb. 23 and on Tuesday.

Read the rest of the story: Fukuoka gears up for China’s smog cloud.


Environment Ministry of Japan huddles on what to do about China smog

Officials of the Environment Ministry and about 130 municipalities nationwide met Monday in Tokyo to boost cooperation on measures against possible high concentrations of toxic smog spreading to Japan from China.

The ministry briefed the officials from major cities and prefectures on the current air pollution situation and its possible impact on people’s health in Japan, caused by so-called PM2.5, an air pollutant found in such smog that covered 25 percent of China in January.

PM2.5, hazardous particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns, or 2.5 thousandths of a millimeter, in diameter, can be absorbed by the lungs and lead to heart and lung disease.

The Environment Ministry also explained measures listed under the emergency action program it announced Feb. 8, including a plan to create guidelines for municipalities to issue alerts in case of high concentrations of toxic smog.

Read the rest of the story: Environment Ministry, regions across Japan huddle on PM2.5 countermeasures.