Record radioactivity found in Fukushima fish

March 16, 2013

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

A new all-time high radiation level has been detected in a fish near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

A fat greenling, Hexagrammos otakii, a high-end delicacy in Japanese cuisine, was found to contain radioactive cesium 7,400 times the government's food safety standard.

The fish was caught at the port adjacent to the nuclear site, the plant's operating company said March 15.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the reading of 740,000 becquerels per kilogram is the highest ever recorded in its sampling surveys of marine life since the March 2011 disaster.

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The port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, seen in July 2012, where the highly radioactive fish was caught. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

The port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, seen in July 2012, where the highly radioactive fish was caught. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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  • The port of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, seen in July 2012, where the highly radioactive fish was caught. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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