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Japan continues to struggle from the effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and one of the biggest issues facing the nation has been the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The facility is now a grade seven nuclear disaster, which puts it on the same scale as the Chernobyl disaster in Russia during the 1980s.

Radiation from the plant has been found in agricultural sources, too, which has prompted 29 countries and regions to suspend or tighten controls on food and dairy products. Bloomberg reports that radiation fears have prompted the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) to begin testing vehicles for radiation prior to shipments at home and abroad. The move follows steps already being taking by Nissan to test all vehicles prior to shipment.

JAMA has mainly decided to perform the radiation checks to calm the nerves of some customers who have asked if their products are still safe, and so far radiation has been negligible. JAMA tells Bloomberg that, at least so far, foreign countries haven't introduced suspensions or strict measures. One container ship was asked to head back to Japan from China after radiation levels of 3.5 microsieverts per hour were detected. The typical X-ray is 100 microsieverts.

[Source: Bloomberg via The Wall Street Journal| Image: AFP/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      For those that don't realise how little radiation that is: http://imgs.xkcd.com/blag/radiation.png
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ha, you know its bad when China rejects shipments of contaminated goods.
      • 4 Years Ago
      People have such an almost religious fear of radiation, it'd be entertaining if not so sad. I live in Montana and a friend of mine who works in a clinic said they had people coming in because they were concerned about the radiation in Japan!! It doesn't help when the media says it's 1000 times background levels.... which probably means its still 1000 times lower than a dangerous dose. Also I find it ironic that people blame the nuclear power plant for the problem, when the huge earthquake was obviously the catalyst. Do we blame the transportation industry when an overpass collapses killing people due to an earthquake?? How about the building industry when a highrise collapses?? Let's ban all overpasses and highrise buildings!!! /steps off soapbox.
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        • 4 Years Ago
        Blame it on STUPID people like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncey9ShigUs People that should never be given attention/power. If you check my link below, you'll see that if you were in an average town near the Fukushima plant on March 17th, you wouldn't even double your daily background radiation dosage, let alone multiply it by 1000 times!
      • 4 Years Ago
      In Russia? Smbd has geographical issues?=)) It was Ukraine and, more precisely, USSR
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh yea they will definably make sure there is no radiation, after all they don't care about their business, as Toyota has proving, they really care about their customers,. lol If they want to sell cars here, they should be made to make the cars here. That is why I have no grips with Hyundai or Kia. Hyundai has more of their sold products in this country made here in the USA then any other automaker which is a sad statement for the big 3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota, Honda, and Nissan build plenty of their cars here. Not so many for Mazda, but they don't sell a whole lot of cars here, either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Hyundai has more of their sold products in this country made here in the USA then any other automaker which is a sad statement for the big 3." WTF? Honda and Toyota are the two "import" automakers that rival the Detroit 3 in domestic parts content.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not that Japan would like to send any "payback radiation" to the USA..... I just don't trust them. They've been lying to their own people about the radiation levels. If China, with their lack of giving a crap about its own people turned away Japan's cars, you know this is a lot bigger than being said. I hope we do our own testing on the ships carrying all merchandize from Japan while the ship is still far from our coasts. We have enough problems.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And what do they do with the cars when radiation is detected?
        • 4 Years Ago
        With this much radiation, you will have to go through car wash once, or leave it in the rain for 10 minutes.
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