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Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Published on Jul 28, 2014 3:44 PM
 
An anti-nuclear protester holds a placard reading "Sendai NO", in reference to the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kyushu, during a rally in Tokyo on July 16, 2014. Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year, underscoring concerns about atomic power after the Fukushima crisis. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year, underscoring concerns about atomic power after the Fukushima crisis.

The move to distribute the pills - which help to reduce radiation buildup in the body - started Sunday for those living within a five-kilometre radius of the Sendai nuclear plant.

The site, roughly 1,000 kilometres from Tokyo on the southern island of Kyushu, recently cleared new safety standards and could start operations in a few months.

It comes despite vocal opposition to the plan, three years after the worst atomic crisis in a generation.

 
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