Fukushima nuclear disaster

300 radioactive Japanese cars stopped at Russian border

Russia, Vladivostok: A sign with the nuclear hazard symbol stands in front of cars from Japan which were halted by customs officials in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on April 14, 2011 (AFP Photo / Gennady Shishin)

Russia, Vladivostok: A sign with the nuclear hazard symbol stands in front of cars from Japan which were halted by customs officials in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok on April 14, 2011 (AFP Photo / Gennady Shishin)

Customs officials have stopped 300 radioactive cars from getting into Russia from Japan since the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, as part of an ongoing monitoring operation.

We have inspected 150,000 vehicles as part of this monitoring mission. Three hundred units that have been seized indicated a level of radioactivity,” said Gennady Onishchenko, the head of Russia’s consumer rights watchdog.

After the Fukushima Daichi nuclear disaster in March 2011, the Russian government has implemented a monitoring mission whereby all imports from Japan, including food and consumer goods, are checked for radioactive contamination.

Since the mission’s inception, experts have checked 500,000 shipments, 908 ships, 473 aircraft and more than 42,000 people that have arrived from Japan.

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