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Japanese issued with anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 July, 2014, 11:20pm
UPDATED : Monday, 28 July, 2014, 11:20pm
 

Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year, reflecting concerns about atomic power after the Fukushima crisis.

The move to distribute the pills - which help to reduce radiation build-up in the body - started on Sunday for those living within 5km of the Sendai nuclear plant. The site, roughly 1,000 km from Tokyo on the southern island of Kyushu, recently cleared new safety standards and could start operations in a few months.

It comes despite vocal opposition to the plan, three years after the crisis.

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said earlier this month that two atomic reactors at the Sendai plant were safe enough to switch back on, marking a big step towards restarting nuclear plants which were shuttered after Fukushima.

Officials in Satsumasendai city and the Kagoshima prefecture said they were handing out iodine tablets to about 4,700 people in the area, some as young as three years old.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been trying to persuade a wary public that the world's third largest economy must return to an energy source which once supplied more than a quarter of its power.

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barry.cohen.716
This is nothing then a poor public relations move that means nothing! First of all Potassium iodide and iodine has to be taken before becoming radiated not after! If its taken after being radiated its does absolutely NOTHING! If it is taken before being radiated it only protects the thyroid gland for 24 hours of time. It does not protect any other part of the body and it you keep taking Potassium iodide or iodine it will make you sick! The best way to remove both radiation and the toxic heavy metals that go with it AFTER you have been radiated which is most likely going to be the case is with the natural mineral called Zeolite that has been proven to safely remove both radiation and heavy metals from the body! Anyone living anywhere close to a nuclear power plant should have enough Zeolite on hand to detox the radiation from the entire family! For more information do a simple search for the single word Zeolite.

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