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Fukushima officials sacked, rice tested for radiation

Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 01:24

Aug. 4 - Three officials lose their jobs over Japan's nuclear disaster as radiation fears prompt geiger tests for rice. Lily Grimes reports

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The shadow of Fukushima lengthens. Five months after the worst nuclear crisis in 25 years the fallout continues - literally and politically. Japan's Trade Minister Banri Kaieda fights for his political life, saying he will fire three officials in charge of nuclear power. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE TRADE MINISTER BANRI KAIEDA, SAYING: "I'm planning to breathe fresh air into the ministry with a large-scale reshuffle." In rural Japan radiation tests are being carried out on the country's staple - rice. Tako Town Agriculture Committee Chairman, Shigehide Oki says losing the crop is unthinkable. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) CHAIRMAN OF TAKO TOWN AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, SHIGEHIDE OKI SAYING: "If radiation was found, it would be absolutely devastating. There are no words to describe it. We wouldn't be able to live." There've been reports of excessive radiation in vegetables, milk and water since the disaster on March 11. The government is working hard to counter fears over food safety. But consumers are now seriously worried a staple of their diet may also be contaminated. Lily Grimes, Reuters

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Fukushima officials sacked, rice tested for radiation

Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 01:24