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    JT Completes Pre-purchase Radioactive Material Testing Of This Year's Japanese Domestic Leaf Tobacco

    Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has been conducting pre-purchase and a number of other tests at each stage of its production process for radioactive materials in Japanese domestic leaf tobacco, using a standard value, since the accident at the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in 2011. Prior to this year’s Japanese domestic tobacco harvest, the Company has again been conducting radioactive material testing on leaf tobacco before purchase, with the support of tobacco growers. Testing of this year’s Burley has now been completed, showing none of the leaf tobacco tested exceeded the JT standard value (Radioactive cesium: 100Bq/kg). Furthermore, JT will continue with its scheme of testing domestic leaf tobacco after purchase, and testing and monitoring a number of times at each stage of the production process.

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