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Japan probes under-reporting of Fukushima radiation dosage

Japan’s Health Ministry has said it will investigate reports that workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant were urged by a subcontractor to place lead around radiation detection devices in order to stay under a safety threshold for exposure.

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported Saturday that an executive from Build-Up, a subcontractor to plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), had told workers to cover the devices, called dosimeters, when working in high-radiation areas.

Dosimeters can be worn as badges or carried as devices approximately the size of a smartphone to detect radiation.

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