China said Friday that alarmingly high levels of radiation were detected on two Japanese passengers upon their arrival in east China from Tokyo, state media reported.
The announcement was made shortly after the country’s regulator said earlier in the day that the local quality control bureau found “abnormal” levels of radiation on a Japanese merchant vessel that berthed in east China’s Xiamen port, Fujian Province, on Monday, according to Xinhua News Agency.
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, China’s top quality watchdog, said the radiation was discovered on the two Japanese nationals when the local quality control bureau conducted radiation checks on passengers landed in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu Province, from Tokyo on Wednesday.
The administration said radiation on the two travelers was alarmingly high, and the case reported to the local environmental and health departments.
One of the two Japanese nationals came from Nagano Prefecture, about 350 kilometers west from the Fukushima Prefecture, and the other from Saitama Prefecture, about 200 kilometers south from Fukushima, where the radiation leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is located.
The two Japanese were sent to a hospital medical treatment, and their luggage and clothes were also detoxified, the report said, adding that the two Japanese tourists have not caused harm to others.
Earlier Friday, the watchdog also announced abnormal radiation was found on a Japanese merchant vessel that berthed in Xiamen port, east China’s Fujian Province, on Monday.
The vessel is still docked at the port, and the local quality control authority is working with other government departments to “take more measures” on the matter, the report said.
The Chinese authorities have asked the local quality control authority to monitor food imported from Japan for radiation following the nuclear disaster at its Fukushima Daiichi power plant.