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Disagreement over Fukushima radiation contaminating fish

Disagreement over Fukushima radiation contaminating fish

Updated 20 November 2012, 10:32 AEDT

It was the largest radioactive contamination of the sea in history, …but Japan's government is disputing a study by a respected international research group suggesting that radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is still entering the food chain.

Last month the US-based Woods Hole Institution revealed that about 40 per cent of the fish caught off Fukushima is contaminated with radioactive caesium above the government's own limit.

But Japan's Fisheries Agency says the contamination is sinking deeper into the seabed and is not entering the food chain, while the nuclear plant operator TEPCO denies any tainted water is leaking from the facility.

Presenter: Mark Willacy

Speaker: Kozo Endo, Fisherman; Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, United States; Yoshimi Hitosugi, TEPCO spokesman; Koichi Tahara, researcher, Japanese Fisheries Agency;

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