Fukushima school radiation monitoring equipment failure causes delay
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology says that a government project to operate real-time radiation monitoring devices at schools and other public
facilities in Fukushima Prefecture will be delayed.
According to NTV, the project, financed under the first supplementary budget for fiscal 2011, calls for the installation of 600 radiation monitoring devices at elementary schools, parks and community centers near Tokyo Electric Power Co’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
The ministry also revealed it had terminated its contract with Tokyo-based supplier Alpha Tsushin after the firm failed to meet a deadline for correcting a problem in the system, NTV reported. The launch of operations, originally scheduled for mid-October, will be delayed to
around mid-February, the ministry said.