Radiation levels exceeding official standards have been detected at a park in Tokyo, after a metropolitan government inspection carried out under pressure from the Japanese Communist Party.
The Tokyo metropolitan government said June 25 that it had detected a maximum radiation reading of 1.22 microsieverts per hour at Mizumoto Park in Katsushika Ward.
Officials took readings at two points in the shrubbery in the parking areas. Both readings exceeded the central government standard for decontamination of 1 microsievert per hour above background radiation. The metropolitan government said it will decontaminate the area.
The cause of the high radiation levels is still being investigated, but officials say both spots are likely places where rainwater and mud build up.
Metropolitan assembly members of the Japanese Communist Party demanded the radiation survey at the park, which is operated by the Tokyo government.
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