The Japanese government has detected small amounts of radioactive iodine in drinking water in Tokyo and five other regions, officials said, in a climate of fear generated by the radioactive leak from a damaged nuclear plant.
The substance was detected on Friday in Tokyo and other prefectures for the first time since the government ordered the daily sampling of water at national level due to the crisis in the nuclear power plant in Fukushima Dai-ichi, said the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.
The detected amounts do not exceed government safety limits, the ministry said in a statement. “You can drink all the water you want without limit,” said Masayuki Kubo, environmental protection officer in Tochigi Prefecture.
In contrast, the authorities said they had detected radiation levels that exceed safety limits in spinach and milk from farms near the damaged nuclear plant.