Workers examine soil near a supermarket in Setagaya, Tokyo, where a high level of radiation was detected, in this picture taken in on Nov. 1. (Mainichi)

Workers examine soil near a supermarket in Setagaya, Tokyo, where a high level of radiation was detected, in this picture taken in on Nov. 1. (Mainichi)

 

Residents wary about radiation in the wake of the ongoing the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant have been uncovering abandoned radioactive substances, with repeated discoveries of radium-266 in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward.

Radioactive materials were used widely in the past, including in medical products and luminous paints. After World War II, a law requiring people to obtain the government’s permission when using such materials was put into effect, but the law was not always strictly abided by. Now, with many residents armed with dosimeters in the wake of the Fukushima crisis, it is possible that more radioactive materials may be uncovered.

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