Sunday, March 20, 2011

Japan hit by another aftershock - World - CBC News

Japan hit by another aftershock - World - CBC News: "played down"

Concern over tap water

Also worrisome were the traces of radioactive iodine detected in tap water in Tokyo, 220 kilometres from the overheating nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture, and in several other prefectures, although again the government played down any safety concern.

The iodine in Fukushima tap water tested above safety limits on Thursday, the government said, but had fallen to within legal limits by Saturday.

The food and water reports were the first since the March 11 quake and tsunami knocked out power to cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. Four of the plant's six reactor units have experienced fires, explosions or partial meltdowns.

The contaminated milk was found on farms 30 kilometres from the plant, and the spinach was collected between 80 and 100 kilometres to the south, Edano said.

The government has banned sales and exports of food from the areas where the tainted food was found.

play down
  1. 軽視する、見くびる
    ・The company played down their role in the scandal. : 会社は、スキャンダルにおける彼らの役割を軽視しました。
  2. 調子を落とす[さげる]、控えめに扱う、謙遜する
  3. 宣伝しない、もみ消す

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