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Greece checking Japanese imports for radiation

Greece is to begin checking imports from Japan for radiation levels and has advised its citizens to leave Tokyo amid fears of a worsening nuclear crisis.

Customs officials have officially been notified by the Finance Ministry to scan all food products and animal feed that have been imported from Japan and to only issue import licenses if their radiation levels are within permissible limits.

Greek authorities have also advised Greeks living in Japan to move away as far as possible from the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear power plant as radiation levels in the surrounding area continue to be high.

Greece?s Atomic Energy Committee has advised that people should move at least 80 kilometers from Fukushima. It has advised Greeks to either leave Japan or move south of Tokyo until the situation at the power plant settles down.

The committee says that it has arranged for radiation scans at Athens International Airport for those returning from Japan. It has invited citizens who have any questions to contact the organization at +30.210.650.6700, +30.210.6506.803, +30.210.650.6714 or [email protected]

The Foreign Ministry has asked Greeks in Japan ? it is estimated there are some 300 living in the country ? to contact it at +30.210.368.1730, +30210 368 1259 or [email protected] to let officials know of their intentions. The ministry has already booked seats on flights out of Tokyo on behalf of Greeks who might want to leave.