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Addressing a lower house budget committee, Kan said that the situation “continues to be unpredictable” and that the government “will tackle the problem while in a state of maximum alert,” AFP reported.
Kan’s remarks come as traces of radioactivity from damaged nuclear facilities in Japan have been detected in rainwater in the northeast United States.
Ohio reported elevated radiation levels in rainwater on Monday, a day after monitors for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found similar cases in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Experts at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio reported small amounts of Iodine 131 from Japan in precipitation on Monday.
“In theory, the Iodine 131 could have come from any radioactive waste processing facility. But we know it’s from Japan. The isotope is being seen worldwide,” said geology professor Gerald Matisoff, who monitors rainwater carried into Lake Erie for the EPA.
The EPA has been monitoring radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was battered in the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, and had previously detected “very low levels of radioactive material” in the United States.
The agency said that these levels “were expected as a result of the nuclear incident after the events in Japan since radiation is known to travel in the atmosphere,” and that “the levels detected are far below levels of public health concern.”
The US institute has, however, stepped up its monitoring of precipitation, drinking water, and other potential exposure routes for radiation as a precaution. (*)
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November 17, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Wednesday that a possible visit to the disputed Kuril Islands, called the Northern Territories by Japan, deserved careful consideration.
“Given how important the prime minister’s visit [to the islands] is, it must be considered seriously. At the moment I do not have any concrete plans,” Kan said in a speech to the Japanese parliament.
Earlier this month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev aggravated a long-standing dispute over four of the islands, by becoming the first Russian or Soviet leader to visit one of them.
Both countries have laid claims to the islands since they were occupied by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II and the dispute has prevented them from signing a peace treaty to formally end wartime hostilities.
The Japanese premier reiterated Japan’s stance on the status of the islands.
“Japan’s principal position that the Northern Territories are part of our country and that the territorial dispute must be resolved through the signing of a peace treaty, has not changed,” he said.
Last week Medvedev met with Kan during the APEC summit in the Japanese city of Yokohama. Medvedev invited Kan to visit “any part of Russia, including the Far East.”
Kan said he “wanted to develop friendly relations between Russia and Japan on a basis of trust, as between two partners.”
TOKYO, November 17