via The Asahi Shimbun / October 6, 2012 /

Citizens and scientists have raised concerns that the science ministry manipulated its measurement of radiation levels in Fukushima Prefecture to show figures lower than they really were.

The Association for Citizens and Scientists Concerned About Internal Radiation Exposures said on Oct. 5 that its survey this year of airborne dose levels found an average 10-30 percent higher than the ministry’s numbers, and in certain areas, the discrepancy was even greater.

The group measured radiation levels at about 100 monitoring posts set up by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology throughout the prefecture, which is home to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. It then measured radiation levels about 10 meters away from each of the posts.

The group’s readings at those locations averaged 40-50 percent higher.

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