[ RadSafe ] Two million Fukushima residents to undergo radiation health checks

Roger Helbig rhelbig at sfo.com
Tue Jun 21 07:53:36 CDT 2011

This was sent to activist lists - sounds very costly and like substantial
overkill, but certainly would provide a lot of good data to show that the
alarmists are off base.  By the way, one of our resident alarmists claimed
to have submitted a scientific article to the prestigious UK medical journal
"The Lancet", but they have no record of any paper having been submitted by
Christopher Busby.  I wonder if that is because "The Lancet" is
internationally known for rigorously reviewing submissions.


The claim of the Lancet article is in Le Monde, in this article that Busby
got planted about his ongoing false claims concerning depleted uranium in




Two million Fukushima residents to undergo radiation health checks

More than two million residents living in the region surrounding Japan's
damaged nuclear power plant will undergo longterm health checks starting
from this month.

By Danielle Demetriou in Tokyo

7:13AM BST 20 Jun 2011

The health of residents in Fukushima prefecture in northeast Japan will be
monitored over the next 30 years in order to ease growing concerns
surrounding radiation contamination.

The health checks will start at the end of the month, focusing firstly on
28,000 residents in the three communities currently nearest to the power
plant - Iitake village, Kawamata and Namie - before expanding across the

Plans for the health checks were confirmed at a weekend meeting by Fukushima
prefectural government authorities in response to growing local concern
surrounding the health implications of the on-going nuclear crisis.

"Everyone is included in this and will be tested over a long-term period,
for 30 years or longer," a spokesman for Fukushima prefectural government
told the Telegraph. "We will start with 28,000 residents, looking at their
daily behavioural patterns to determine risks levels."

The project is believed to be unprecedented in terms of the number of
residents involved and the predicted time span of three decades during which
their health will be monitored.

Residents are expected to receive questionnaires to determine the degree of
their contamination risks, with subsequent tests including examinations for
internal radiation contamination.

The findings will be stored on a database created by Fukushima Medical
University in order to monitor the longterm potential effects of radiation
exposure in the region.

Residents in the Fukushima region have expressed growing concern surrounding
the possible longterm health risks, in particular for children, triggered by
the on-going nuclear power plant crisis.

Officials are continuing to work around the clock to regain control at
Fukushima nuclear power plant after the tsunami knocked out crucial cooling
functions, leading to three reactor meltdowns and radiation leaks into the
air, soil and sea.

The new health plan was confirmed just days after the authorities also
announced that 34,000 schoolchildren in the region aged between four and 15
will be given radiation dosimetres to hang around their necks in order to
monitor their exposure.

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