Chernobyl's Lessons for Japan: Laurie Garrettâ€™s NYT Op-Ed
Unlike the Soviet authorities of 1986, who released biased information to downplay the situation, the Japanese government has responded swiftly to each stage of their disaster: they have evacuated citizens and been relatively transparent about radiation levels. They have “tried to convey information that directs the Japanese people to a rational response.” As Garrett, an eloquent voice on global health care and infectious diseases, reminds us, “while the fallout levels so far have been well above normal background radiation for Japan, they have not yet come close” to those produced at Chernobyl in 1986.
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