Japan’s radioactive farm levels

New research has found that radioactive material in parts of north-eastern Japan exceeds levels considered safe for farming.

The findings provide the first comprehensive estimates of contamination across Japan following the nuclear accident in 2011.

Food production is likely to be affected, the researchers suggest.

The results are reported in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal.

Read the rest of the story: BBC News – Japan farm radioactive levels probed.

Farmer’s suicide note shows Japan’s disaster impact

A farmer’s farewell, etched in white chalk, is echoing menacingly through Japan’s agricultural sector.

"Wish there was no nuclear power plant. My endurance has come to an end," the note says.

The farmer, in his 50s, then killed himself on the land he struggled to maintain since Japan’s tsunami and nuclear crisis began.

The dairy farmer’s suicide message was left on the wall of one of the man’s barns…

Read the rest of the story: Farmer’s suicide note shows Japan’s disaster impact.