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Swedish tents save lives at stricken nuclear plant

Swedish-made equipment is being used in the rescue operation at the Japanese nuclear plant Fukushima and surrounding areas.

Swedish tents save lives at stricken nuclear plant

Swedish company Trelleborg Protective Products manufactures both protective suits worn by rescue workers and inflatable shelters used for decontamination.

“What is happening in Japan is terrible, but it is positive that our products are being used to help save people’s lives, “ CEO Magnus Andersson told Swedish Dagens Industri business daily.

The shelters are spacious and versatile and the Swedish armed forces have used them both as field hospitals and staff offices.

In Japan they are mainly used to decontaminate both rescue workers and civilians exposed to high levels of radiation.

“We have had these shelters on the market for a while, and they are used worldwide by both civilian and military organisations,” said Andersson.

According to DI, several countries close to Japan have been in touch with Trelleborg looking for security measurements that may suit their future needs.

Separately The Local reported last week that a request had come in from Japan to Swedish suppliers of prefabricated module houses, following the destruction wrought across the north of the country by the powerful earthquake and tsunami.

As domestic production will only be able to manage about 5,000 wooden homes of the estimated 350,000 needed, they turned to Sweden, a country with a strong tradition in building in wood.

Suppliers across the north of Sweden have showed willing to adapt production to meet the specific demands from Japan.

How many units will be needed is not yet known.

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NORTH KOREA

Swedish, Japanese PMs condemn North Korean missile tests

North Korea’s nuclear and missile testing is a violation of UN resolutions and a threat to global peace and security, Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Löfven and Japanese counterpart Shinzu Abe said after discussions between the two during Abe’s visit to Stockholm.

Swedish, Japanese PMs condemn North Korean missile tests
Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

“They [the missile tests, ed.] must cease and peace on the Korean peninsula must be restored,” Löfven said at a government press meeting.

Japan, like Sweden, is a member of the UN Security Council.

Löfven also said that the two countries had agreed two continue efforts to restore trust between the parties in the region, reports news agency TT.

“Exactly how it will happen is still unclear. There is only one way forward and that is through dialogue. To find a way to build confidence so that all sides can reduce the tension. Escalating this is very worrying for both North Korea and the world,” Löfven said.

Stockholm hosted bilateral talks between the two countries in 2014.

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