22,000 becquerels of plutonium detected in n-research center staff

The agency said 220 becquerels of radioactive americium-241 was also found in the lung of the person in his 50s.

He was exposed to radiation with four other staff members in an accident that occurred when they were checking containers of plutonium and uranium oxide at the agency’s Oarai Research and Development Center in the town of Oarai on Tuesday.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Keiji Ishikawa, a senior JAEA official in charge of nuclear security, said, “As far as I can remember, no one has inhaled plutonium at this level.”

As of Tuesday night, up to 24 becquerels of radioactive substances had been detected in the nasal passages of three of the five, according to the agency.

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that 22,000 becquerels of radioactive plutonium-239 was detected in the lung of a staff member exposed to radiation at the agency’s research facility in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. (Jiji)

The rainy season appears to have started in wide swaths of eastern, central and western Japan, the weather agency said Wednesday, warning of downpours and natural disasters during the roughly six-week period. (Japan Times)

The long arm of the law may be reaching out to Japan’s largest criminal syndicate and its breakaway gangs. (tokyoreporter.com)

Koki Tanaka, a former member of boy band KAT-TUN, was released from custody on Wednesday following his arrest for possession of marijuana, reports NHK. (tokyoreporter.com)

Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player at age 14, extended his series of wins on Wednesday since turning pro to 23, the third-longest winning streak on record. (Japan Times)

The Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education said Tuesday that 379 students at 61 schools in the prefecture felt sick after drinking milk served during lunchtime at school the previous day. (Japan Times)

Japan’s nuclear regulator says 5 workers at a nuclear research facility have accidentally been exposed to a radioactive substance. (NHK)

A 38-year-old woman and her two children were found dead in their home in Ogori, Fukuoka Prefecture, police said Wednesday. Police said the mother, Yukiko Nakata, her son Ryosuke, 9, and her daughter Miyu, 6, were strangled to death, Fuji TV reported. (Japan Today)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 29-year-old male employee of advertising firm Dentsu for allegedly molesting a woman in Bunkyo Ward earlier this year, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

The submission of a bill to strengthen measures to curb secondhand smoke in Japan is now likely to be deferred until after the current Diet session, as the health ministry and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party remain apart over restrictions on smoking in restaurants, senior LDP members said on Tuesday. (Jiji)

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