The government entity involved in manipulating the radiation data with the intention of releasing a different set of lower results was PM Abe’s cabinet.
Radiation levels in the cities of Tamura, Kawachi and Iitate were taken by JAEA and NIRS in late 2013. These new readings were taken by installing dosimeters in plastic boxes at various locations both indoors and outdoors for a number of days. This would gather data that would be more accurate for estimating how people would be exposed in their daily lives. But these new readings were much higher than previous measuring methods.
In Kawachi the cabinet office had estimated 1-2 millisieverts per day. The new monitors found it to be 2.6 to 6.6 millisieverts per day. After these new higher readings were found the cabinet office delayed making any information public. The cabinet office then made JAEA and NIRS recalculate the readings to make them look lower by lowering the amount of hours people spend outdoors. An academic expert cited this change to be very unusual and obviously an effort to manipulate the data for political reasons. Both Kawachi and Tamura are being prepared to allow people to return. The found range of 2.6 to 6.6 millisieverts per day is far higher than the ICRP exposure maximum of 1 millisieverts per year. The government is still planning to go ahead with the effort to send people back to Kawachi.
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