JP Gov refused to conduct complete checkup for thyroid exposure


Establishment of Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters refused the offer of Nuclear Safety Commission to conduct complete checkup of thyroid for highly exposed children in Iwaki shi.

Establishment of Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters conducted simple thyroid test for 1080 children, who were 0~15 years old from 3/26~30. The children were suspected to have been exposed out of 30km area.

One of the children turned out to have been exposed to more than 0.1 microSv, the total dose was 30mSc since 311.
Nuclear Safety Commission requested Establishment of Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters to give this child a complete checkup but they declined it.
Establishment of Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters states, “I don’t remember much about it, but looking back now, maybe we should have given a complete checkup.”
Nuclear Safety Commission states, “We didn’t understand their judgement but we didn’t want to violate our responsibility.”

As the reason not to give the complete checkup, they pointed out

1. The test facility is heavy. (1 tone)
2. The child has to take a long way to come.
3. The test may cause the local community an anxiety and discrimination.

Assistant Prof Matsumoto from Tokyo institute of technology says, based on the data, thyroid cancer won’t increase in Fukushima. but if they conducted complete checkup, it would have assured the citizens.


東日本大震災:福島第1原発事故 甲状腺高線量、国が追加検査拒否 昨年4月、安全委の要請に








毎日新聞 2012年2月21日 東京夕刊

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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.


February 2012