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Japan -Namie To Conduct Independent Radiation Exposure Exams with some history.

January 29th, 2013 | 

Simply info team

Namie town has teamed up with Hirosaki University to do independent examinations for any children from the town who want to have them done.

A pig rests in a puddle on main street near the train station in central Namie, Japan. (June 18)

In this June 18, 2011 photo, a farmer’s pig rests in a puddle on main street near the train station in central Namie, Japan less then 10 kilometers (six miles) from the crippled nuclear reactor. Farmers across the area had to hastily leave their homes and were unable to evacuate livestock, or return to the irradiated zone to care for them. (AP Photo/AP Photographer David Guttenfelder on assignment for National Geographic Magazine)

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Doubts about the impartiality and practices used by the Fukushima Health Survey has caused many to distrust the project sponsored by the prefecture government.  Hirosaki University had begun an exposure dose reconstruction study back in 2011 but was pressured by the prefecture government to terminate the study. They cited that the study “might fuel concern among residents”. The results of that study showed levels considerably higher than the official government numbers and found certain people had quite high thyroid doses.

This new study being done long after the initial exposure will look at changes in the shapes of chromosomes in lymphocytes using blood samples.

Further reading here on Hirosaki university and Thyroid cover up information, including some evidence from Chernobyl.

Fukushima Study: People inhaled up to 85,000 becquerels of radioactivity… in just 4 hours — Includes only iodine-131

Published: July 18th, 2012 at 12:59 pm ET

(.pdf) Thyroid doses for evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear accident
Shinji Tokonami, Masahiro Hosoda, Suminori Akiba, Atsuyuki Sorimachi, Ikuo Kashiwakura, Mikhail Balonov
Published July 12, 2012

We made I-131 activity measurements in the thyroid for examinees from two different areas. Seventeen were residents in Tsushima District of Namie Town, heavily contaminated with radioactive materials released from the crippled plant. Forty five were those evacuated from coastal areas including Minami-soma City located to the north of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. We measured activity in the thyroid during the period from April 12th to 16th, 2011…

The maximum I-131 activity detected in the thyroid of an adult was 1.5 kBq. Assuming the inhalation exposure took place for 4 hours on the afternoon of March 15th (see above), we estimated that this person could inhale as much as 85 kBq of I-131. Using the thyroid activity and breathing rate, the maximum atmospheric I-131 concentration was estimated to be 23 kBq m. In our data analysis, we did not consider I-132 exposure due to lack of information.

“We did not consider I-132 exposure due to lack of information”

>> Information:

Now 35.8% of Fukushima children have thyroid cysts or nodules — 13,646 do and 24,468 don’t

Published: July 15th, 2012 at 9:35 am ET

Follow-up to:

The thyroid examination section of the sixth report of Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey (Section 7 here) translated by Fukushima Voice:


Fiscal Year 2011 Thyroid Examination Summary (as of the end of March, 2012)

[...] breakdown by size of nodules [...]

  • Of 38,114 examined, 37,729 (19,036 boys and 18,693 girls) had no nodules.

  • 201 had nodules graded A2, smaller than 5.0 mm.

  • 184 had nodules graded B, larger than 5.0 mm.


[...] breakdown by size of cysts [...]

  • Of 38,114 examined, 24,730 (12,890 boys and 11,840 girls) had no cysts..

  • 12,414 had cysts smaller than 5.0 mm.

  • 969 had cysts graded A2, smaller than 20.0 mm.

  • 1 had cysts graded B, larger than 20.0 mm.

SOURCE: Fukushima Voice

UpdateJust 0.8% of children in 2001 Japanese control group had thyroid cysts or nodules — 36% in Fukushima study

This article shows some of the main players in the cover up of the Fukushima disaster. There is evidence below to show that Mikhail Balonov in the article below has been central to the cover up and is favoured by the BBC when they need Chernobyl related advice on any thing from thyroids to recovering Reactor 4 Chernobyl etc.. Also, he is quoted extensively in Nature and the New Scientist as well as other publications.. No voice of dissent is allowed on these journals and corporate media outlets like the BBC. (Arclight)

Scientists revise radiation dose estimates from high to safe

July 13, 2012

By YURI OIWA/ Staff Writer

Scientists said high doses of radiation found in the thyroid glands of evacuees from areas near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were actually well within international safety limits.

A team of Japanese and Russian researchers led by Shinji Tokonami, a professor at Hirosaki University’s Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine, revised the previous estimates they presented in March ( The latest results were published July 12 in British scientific journal Scientific Reports.

The latest study estimated the maximum dose at 33 millisieverts. The previous estimates, based on assumptions that maximized the doses, were 87 millisieverts for adults and 47 millisieverts for children. Those dose estimates exceeded the international 50-millisievert reference level for taking iodine tablets to prevent a negative health impact in five of the subjects.

No dose estimate exceeded that level in the latest results.

To produce the latest estimates, the scientists teamed up with Mikhail Balonov, a professor of radiation protection at the Institute of Radiation Hygiene in St. Petersburg, and evaluated the doses under more realistic assumptions. Balonov has experience in dose evaluation for residents in the Chernobyl area.

The scientists re-analyzed the radioactive iodine concentration data taken between April 12-16 last year in the thyroid glands of 62 residents and evacuees in Fukushima Prefecture. Forty-five of the subjects had evacuated from coastal areas around the damaged nuclear plant to Fukushima city, the prefectural capital, while the remaining 17 continued to live in Namie, a town close to the nuclear plant.

During the re-analysis, the researchers evaluated the thyroid gland doses using international standards and took into account up-to-date information, such as the movement of radioactive plumes and dosimetry data immediately following the onset of the nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011.

The previous estimates were based partly on domestic standards of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan.

The revised dose estimates exceeded 20 millisieverts in only seven subjects, and were under 10 millisieverts in 70 percent of all subjects.

However, the scientists warned that children could have been exposed to thyroid doses of 40-60 millisieverts if they had been in the part of Namie where the doses were high.

The scientists plan to communicate the revised analysis results to residents of Fukushima Prefecture in the near future.

More on Mikhail Balonov here from a Ukraininan Newspaper from 2006


Published by the Ukrainian National Association Inc., a fraternal non-profit association


No. 19
SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2006

Beauty is truth, truth beauty.

With these words penned by Irish poetJohn Yeats, First Lady of UkraineKateryna Yushchenko began her April 24 remarks at the international conferenceon Chornobyl organized by the Ukrainiangovernment.

As much as the truth about the cata-strophe\u2019s effects on human health issought, the conference proved that find-ing it will demand a struggle, as it will becontested for decades to come, if notremain elusive altogether.

Twenty years after the largest man-made disaster in the history of mankind,we Ukrainians don know enough, andwe haven properly grasped the reasons,scope and consequences of this event,President Viktor Yushchenko himself acknowledged at the April 24 opening.

Depending on one view, a window into the truth either creaked opened or slammed shut when the United Nations -affiliated Chernobyl Forum issued its now famous report, Chernobyl Legacy: Health, Environmental and Socio-Economic Impacts.

At the April 24 ceremony, Mikhail Balonov of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reviewed the forum carefully phrased conclusions,which were initially announced in September 2005:

… among the 600,000 persons receiving more significant exposures (liquidators working in 1986-1987, evacuees and residents of the most contaminated areas), the possible increase in cancer mortality due to this radiation exposure might be up to a few percent.

This might eventually represent up to 4,000 fatal cancers in addition to the approximately 100,000 fatal cancers to be expected due to all other causes in this population.

This conclusion sharply contrasts with those made by a coalition of scientists and medical experts commissioned by   European parliamentary groups and…..

The alternative report is Greenpeace below with some 500,000 casualties and the Russian later study (claiming  some 1 million deaths overall) that was dropped in the USA after the Fukushima Daichi disaster in 2011

Consequences of the Catastrophe
for People and the Environment (click for PDF) (2011)

And This other report
Consequences on Human Health – Greenpeace (click for PDF)(2006)

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