Radiation-free ‘certificates’ coveted in Fukushima, Japan

At the entrance to a gymnasium in the city of Fukushima, a doctor wearing a white hat, mask and gloves held a radiation monitor over the hands of a visiting resident.

The doctor then passed it over the person’s forehead, abdomen and back. The resident was then asked to raise heels to check the back of the shoes at the end of the procedure to get a reading on the monitor.

These screenings have been conducted at the entrance of shelters since March 13, two days after the crisis erupted at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. They are intended to check for radiation exposure.

"Certificates" are then issued by the doctors to those who have been declared free of any abnormalities.

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