Fukushima prefectural government stopped urine test for “peer pressure”

On 10/25/2012, Fukushima Diary reported Fukushima prefectural government commented they put higher priority to measure radioactive substance in beef than urine test of humankind. [Link]

Urine test is known to be more accurate to measure the internal exposure than WBC.

According to the report of Fukushima prefectural government released on11/19/2012, They decided not to conduct urine test of Fukushima people for the peer pressure.

In the assessment committee of people’s internal exposure on 6/18/2011, an executive manager of Cabinet office suggested to conduct urine test of the citizens as the major measurement method.

For this comment, Fukushima prefectural government commented like this,

Everyone says we should conduct WBC more than urine test, we can’t choose urine test.





Français :

Les autorités de Fukushima arrêtent les tests d’urine à cause de la “pression des pairs”

Le 25 octobre 2012, le Fukushima Diary a rapporté que la préfecture de Fukushima a dit qu’elle considérait comme priorité plus haute de rechercher la radioactivité dans le bœuf que dans les urines humaines. [Lien]

Les tests d’urine sont connus pour être plus précis pour la mesure de la contamination interne que le WBC (= Whole Body Counter = compteur Geiger de tout le corps).

Selon le rapport de la préfecture de Fukushima publié le 19 novembre 2012, ils ont décidé de ne plus faire d’analyse d’urine sur les habitants de Fukushima à cause de pression des pairs.

Dans le comité d’évaluation de l’exposition interne des gens du 18 juin 2011, un directeur délégué du bureau du Cabinet (des ministres) a suggéré de considérer les tests d’urine des habitants comme la première méthode de mesure.

A ce propos, la réponse des autorités de Fukushima est la suivante :

Tout le monde dit qu’on devrait faire plus de WBC que de tests d’urine, on ne peut pas choisir les tests d’urine.


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I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


December 2012