Russia Sends 61 Products Back To Japan Over Radiation Fears
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Kyodo) -- Low-level radiation was
detected in 235 Japanese products that arrived at Russian
ports and 61 of them were sent back to Japan between April
and late July, a Russian customs official said in a written
response to questions from Kyodo News.
The products returned to Japan included used vehicles,
automotive parts and heavy machinery, Far East Customs
Department head Sergei Pashko said.
Russia has enhanced radiation screening of imports from
Japan since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled the
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, leading to radiation leaks.
However, there have been no reports of high levels of
radiation being detected in Japanese manufactured products
from countries other than Russia, according to Japanese
The levels of radiation detected in the Japanese products
were several times natural levels and Russian customs
refused to clear them for importation in line with official
Russian standards, Pashko said.
The remaining Japanese products were cleared after
decontamination by importers, he said.
Ships transported the 235 products from such Japanese
ports as Niigata, Osaka, Toyama, Yokohama, Hakata and Otaru
to six ports in the Russian Far East including Vladivostok
and Nakhodka, Pashko said..