Chinese smog bomb floats toward Japan
Japan Times -- Feb 09

Smog in China has reached alarming levels as its rapid industrialization spews ever-more toxic particles into the air. Over the past month or so, the problem has become particularly acute, raising health concerns in neighboring parts of Asia, including Japan.

The beginning of China's current air pollution problem that affects Japan has been traced back to early January and centers on Beijing and areas east of the capital.

As smoke from coal-burning power plants combines with vehicle exhaust and factory emissions, it produces a toxic smog that can become especially bad in winter.

So far, western Japan has taken the brunt of the pollution.

Fukuoka has reported that PM2.5 levels exceeded the daily maximum of 35 micrograms/cu. meter on three days in January.

中国で大気汚染が深刻化していることを受け、日本製の空気清浄機の販売台数が急激に伸­びている。

News sources: Japan Times, FNNnewsCH

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