The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has come under fire from residents and local authorities in Fukushima Prefecture for using faulty radiation measurement devices that indicate lower than actual readings.
Local residents tested the radiation at 545 of the prefecture’s 3,200 portable monitoring posts and discovered that each was reporting a figure around 10% lower than the actual amount, Sankei Shimbun reported Friday. Some locals even went so far as to accuse the government of tampering with the devices in order to report artificially low numbers.
It is thought that battery packs and other equipment situated around the monitoring posts may be responsible for disrupting the readings.
The ministry has yet to make an official statement regarding the matter.