China's Toxic Air Pollution Now Affecting Japan [PHOTOS]
By Michelle FlorCruz | February 5, 2013 9:24 AM EST
China's thick smog has shown signs of clearing in some of the nation's big cities recently. But where does all the pollution go?
Japan, apparently. Japan's environment ministry is reporting that China's extreme smog is starting to affect some coastal areas on Monday, sparking worry among citizens. According to an AFP report, Japan's environmental offices are being bombarded by citizens hoping to get more information on the health risks that China has already been dealing with.
"Access to our air-pollution monitoring system has been almost impossible since last week, and the telephone here has been constantly dining because worried people keep asking us about the impact on health," an official said in the report.
As Japan and the rest of the world have been watching China struggle with its increasingly frequent air pollution problems, they likely never thought they would be affected as well. Now news and weather programs are showing a growing swirl of pollution that has started moving east.
As tensions between the two nations over the disputed Diaoyu/ Senkaku islands continue to rise, China's toxic pollution making its way to Japan will certainly not help relations. Though official statements out of a Japan are careful not to trigger another diplomatic conflict by attributing all the pollution to China just yet, the connection is hard to ignore.
"We can't deny there is an impact from pollution in China," Yasushi Nakajima, an official with the Japanese environment ministry, said in the report.
This isn't the first time China's pollution found its way to Japan. In 2007, a spike in 28 areas in western Japan in the number of people suffering from stinging eyes and throats as a result of pollution had many experts pointing their finger to China. Toshimasa Ohara, the head of the National Institute of Environmental Studies' regional atmospheric modeling program, said China has contributed to the sharp rise in photochemical smog in Japan since 1990.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Prince Harry & Camilla Thurlow Getting Serious, St. Tropez Holiday Before The Prince’s 30th Birthday [PHOTOS]
- Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Heads to Malta For New Movie After A Whirlwind French Wedding [PHOTOS]
- Prince William & Kate Middleton Caught Flirting In A Countryside Dinner Date [PHOTOS]
- Chris Martin Getting Serious With Jennifer Lawrence, Actress Joining Coldplay Tour [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Europe, US Next on ISIS’ Hit List, Says Saudi King; Seized ISIS Laptop Reveals Terrifying Bio-Warfare Plans
- Ukraine Crisis: Putin Dangles Nuclear War Threat, US Senators Advise Sending Defensive Weapons
- Australia Races Against Potential Genocide In Iraq
- James Foley Is A Spy – Jihadi Recruiter Reveals
- Australia's Renewable Energy Industry Braces for Removal of Support
- Apple iPhone 6 Actual Release Date after September 9 Confirmed 128GB Variant with New Resolution
- Moto G2 Release Roundup: Specs, Pricing, and Release Date Details
- PlayStation 4 Killing Xbox One Costing Microsoft Millions But It's Fine
- Google Chrome 64-bit for Windows 8 and Window 7 with Mac Beta Available
- Apple iOS 8 vs Android 5.0 L: OS Wars Puts Android to Lower while Apple to Higher
- Nexus 6 on Release Date Confirmed with Phablet-Size Display as FCC Filing Hints of 5.9-Inch Screen
- Google Can Kill Samsung with Android KitKat and Android One: Here's How