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Did Japan Leaders Hide Nuke Data?

In the early days of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, a government computer showed that radiation was blowing directly into the northern town of Namie. But the government waited three days to alert the town’s residents. Those residents remained in their homes because they believed that the radiation was spreading southward. “We are extremely worried about internal exposure to radiation,” said Namie’s mayor, comparing the government’s inaction to “murder.” Japanese radiation expert Toshiso Kosako says he urged Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s office to consider the computer data when drawing evacuation zones, but it refused.

August 9, 2011 6:31 AM