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Radiation ‘Bias’ Threatens Fukushima Manufacturers Recovery

More than two months after Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima nuclear plant started leaking radiation, manufacturers in northern Japan are still trying to dispel rumors their industrial products are tainted.

“We lost a deal worth several hundred million yen” because a customer was concerned about radiation, Yoshimasa Sekiguchi, an executive at Tohoku Bolt Manufacturing Co., a parts maker based in Iwaki about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the crippled power plant, said in an interview. “For us, it’s a significant amount of money.”