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Tokyo insists it’s “absolutely safe” as Fukushima’s radiation levels surge

Radiation readings around the water storage tanks at Fukushima have spiked by a fifth to their highest-ever levels, Japan's nuclear regulator said today. But 150 miles away in Tokyo, the city insists radiation levels are comparable to London, Paris and New York.

Speaking to the International Olympic Committee today, Tokyo's bid chief attempted to assuage concerns about the contaminated water leaking from the disaster site. In a letter sent to the committee a few days back, he wrote: “Life here, for all 35 million residents, is completely normal and safe and we do not foresee any change to that. The city’s air and water are monitored daily and there remains no evidence at all of any issue, as confirmed by the Japanese government.”

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