Researchers at Fukushima Feel Stymied by Authorities

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Michio Aoyama says his supervisor at a government-supported research institute asked him to remove his name from a short article on the possible reach of radioactivity after the Fukushima disaster.

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Michio Aoyama says his supervisor at a government-supported research institute asked him to remove his name from a short article on the possible reach of radioactivity after the Fukushima disaster.

In the chaotic, fearful weeks after the Fukushima nuclear crisis began, in March 2011, researchers struggled to measure the radioactive fallout unleashed on the public. Michio Aoyama’s initial findings were more startling than most. As a senior scientist at Japan’s government-funded Meteorological Research Institute, he said levels of radioactive cesium 137 in the surface water of the Pacific Ocean could be 10,000 times higher than after Chernobyl, the world’s worst nuclear