Japan’s government has lifted restrictions on vegetables and milk from some parts of the country’s north after inspections found radiation levels below legal limits for three straight weeks, a top government official announced Friday.
The move lifts a ban on spinach and kakina, another leafy green vegetable, from Gunma Prefecture, southwest of the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Milk from the Aizu area of Fukushima Prefecture, inland from the plant, will also be allowed for sale, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters.
From the IAEA’s Fukushima Accident Update Log for April 8th.
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
No changes have been observed at the on-site radiation monitoring posts. The injection of water into the reactor pressure vessels of Units 1, 2 and 3 was not interrupted.
Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant
No changes have been observed of the readings at the on-site radiation monitoring posts.
Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant
All reactors have been in cold shutdown since 11 March earthquake.
Two out of the three lines supplying off-site power to the site were lost following the 7 April earthquake. Off-site power continues to be supplied through the third line.
Cooling of the spent fuel pool was temporarily lost, but has subsequently been restored.
In the link are sections on Current Situation and Radiation Monitoring as well.
Asahi: Soil samples reveal high radiation level in soil beyond Fukushima 30 km zone – http://bit.ly/ffcbPs
The Daily Yomiuri
Transport ministry: Tsunami-hit Sendai Airport to reopen to some domestic service from Wednesday.
That sounds pretty good to me.
And in the small wins column, here’s an article about foreign rescue teams helping out.
The Daily Yomiuri
Foreign aid workers offer strong support in quake, tsunami-struck areas – http://bit.ly/icMxd5