by James Corbett / FukushimaUpdate.com / July 17, 2012
On Monday Nakoso beach became the first beach in Fukushima Prefecture to re-open since the nuclear meltdowns of March 2011. The beach in Iwaki City is 65 kilometers south of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Joji Kimura, an Iwaki city official, was quoted as saying that airborne radiation levels at the beach have measured 0.08 mSv/hr, which the government maintains is far below dangerous levels. Water contamination in the area is being reported at under 1 bq/L.
About 1,000 people showed up at the beach on Monday despite widespread concerns over the fallout from the nuclear disaster that spurred a record 170,000 people to take to the streets of Tokyo in protest of the Japanese government’s ongoing support for nuclear power.