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Nuclear spin – about Fukushima radiation – theme for June 2013

.  The recent World Health Organisation Report, though very conservative, did in fact confirm that increased cancer rates were to be expected, amongst the population exposed to low level Fukushima radiation. Girls, especially infants would be vulnerable to thyroid cancer: clean-up workers at Fukushima would get higher rates of leukaemia.

Nevertheless, all this can be spun for headlines such as “No Fukushima Radiation Problems”  – How do they do it?

They do it with clever choice of words, and with omissions:



June 1, 2013 - Posted by | Christina's themes


  1. ……and 10, including the three thyroid cancer cases, are believed to be suffering some form of cancer. The average age of the 10 is around 15, and SEVEN are female…….

    Fukushima disaster panel so far reports three young people have thyroid cancer
    Feb 14, 2013

    FUKUSHIMA – A Fukushima Prefectural Government panel said Wednesday that two people who were 18 or younger when the triple-meltdown crisis started at the Fukushima No. 1 atomic complex in March 2011 have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, bringing the total cases to three.

    Reporting at a meeting on the health impact from the catastrophe, professor Shinichi Suzuki of Fukushima Medical University said it is too early to link the cases to the nuclear disaster, because it took at least four to five years for thyroid cancer to be detected after the Chernobyl meltdown calamity that started in 1986.

    The three people have been doing well since undergoing surgery, according to Suzuki.

    Radioactive iodine released in fallout tends to accumulate in thyroid glands, particularly in young people. In the Chernobyl disaster, a noticeable increase in thyroid cancer cases was detected among children in the affected area.

    Local authorities in Fukushima Prefecture are examining the thyroid glands of those who were under 18, who numbered around 360,000, at the time the nuclear crisis started to check if they have been affected by the radiation.

    Of the 360,000, around 38,000 were checked in fiscal 2011, and 10, including the three thyroid cancer cases, are believed to be suffering some form of cancer. The average age of the 10 is around 15, and seven are female.

    The remaining seven are undergoing medical examinations at the university.

    Comment by arclight2011 | June 2, 2013 | Reply

  2. ICRP, WHO and UNSCEAR and their effect on the Fukushima children

    Below are some extracts from the recent report responding to the report that Anand grover compiled in November 2012. The extracts describe The Japanese Governments responses and requests for amendments. As i read through the document and especially the section at the end of the document, highlighting all the changes that were requested and acted on, it became apparent that the ICRP, WHO and UNSCEAR were quoted.

    Doses were not including internal doses of released radionuclide’s. The Japanese Government also noted that they had no interest in specific isotopes such s Strontium 90 .

    The normal background level in Japan is said to be 2.1 mSv/y and the USA and Europe are quoted as being nearly as bad at approx 3 mSv/y, making an extra 1 mSv/y from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan seem normal.

    Oddly enough, as i sit here typing i am getting a steady 0.11 mcSv/hr after rain in London (one of the worst polluted cities in Europe because of nuclear MOX processing and waste – NO2 and associated radon Daughters), that gives me a normal background of just under 1 mSv/y. So how do the Japanese (supported by the ICRP and UNSCEAR) work the annual doses out to 3 mSv/y?

    Also, according to Safecast citizen radiation monitoring, the levels are more in line with my London reading in many parts of Japan presently. The Japanese officials would have us believe a 3 mSv/y is only 1mSv/y more than background??

    So, the citizens of Fukushima and Myagi have three times normal (not including hot spots – A term banned on the Japanese critique) than measured in the “real world” and added to that locals are also more likely to accumulate isotopes through their environment (food, air and water).

    It is likely that these areas have statistically higher than the nationally estimated 50 percent of contaminated food (the reason for the lower allowable levels of Cesium in Japan at 100 bq/kg as opposed to the standard 1000 bq/kg elsewhere)

    The blood tests that were mentioned may have included the recent chromosome based blood test for damage from ionising radiation that the Japanese government has recently rejected for the People of Fukushima on ethical grounds (It might find illegitimate children) . In this reports response the Japanese representatives do not want any blood tests at all it would seem.

    I hope this helps to stimulate some discussion. The children of Fukushima need us to discuss this health issue as the nuclear lobby is having a lot of meetings and not telling anyone. They are changing the rules to suit the nuclear industry and mitigate any future legal claims made against them. No media are challenging this or even reporting it.

    Comment by arclight2011 | June 2, 2013 | Reply

  3. Internal radiation emitters – cesium and iodine – far more dangerous than external exposure

    Risk from internal exposure is 200-600 times greater than risk from external exposure. See this, this, this and this.

    cesium-137 and radioactive iodine – the two main radioactive substances being spewed by the leaking Japanese nuclear plants – are not naturally-occurring substances, and can become powerful internal emitters which can cause tremendous damage to the health of people who are unfortunate enough to breathe in even a particle of the substances, or ingest them in food or water.

    Comment by arclight2011 | June 2, 2013 | Reply

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  5. And so after the WHO report and UNSCEAR findings we now get the real figures on thyroid cancers..

    12 children developed thyroid cancer and 15 children with suspected cancer甲状腺がん「確定」12人 がんの疑い15人。

    The Japanese Government should support the Fukushima disaster victims financially by giving them more regular and full examination and evacuating them into safer area.

    (Abstract translation by Mia)


    Fukushima Health Management Survey Team announced that 12 children under 18 years old developed thyroid cancer and 15 children with suspected to develop it. (So far 174,000 out of 360,000 children were examined.)


    Fukushima Medical University denies the relation to the effect of the Fukushima fallout, saying that it was 4 to 5 years in the case of the Chernobyl disaster when thyroid cancer was developed.
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    Dr. Yury Bandazhevsky’s comment on this news:

    Dr. Bandazhevsky has been warning the effect of the Fukushima fallout since he visited Japan last year. Mr. Kouta Kinoshita, one of popular blog on Fukushima disaster sent his recent thyroid news as follows:

    “12 children developed thyroid cancer and 15 children with suspected cancer” So far about 170,000 children were examined. It means 1.6 in 10,000 after 2 years if you include suspected children.

    I believe normally 1or 2 in 1million children develop thyroid cancer which means about 160 times more than normal were found in Fukushima.”

    According to Mr. Kinoshita, he was shocked to hear the news and asked him to pass this information to all the other Japanese people.


    “In 1991 5 years after the Chernobyl disaster, ratio of children developed thyroid cancer was 11.3 in 100,000, girls among them were 16.8 in 100,000 in Gomel district in Belarus.”
    Mr. Kinoshita left his comment in his blog, saying:
    “According to Dr. Bandazhevsky’s reply, I think the ratio of the children developing thyroid cancer in Chernobyl in 5 years is similar to the one in Fukushima in 2 years: If I apply it to Fukushima case, it is 1.1 in 10,000, 1.7 girls in 10,000.
    The number of children developing cancer will increase as the time passes on, therefore there would be more serious consequences in Fukushima than in Chernobyl in the future.”
    Dr.Akira Sugenoya, Matsutomo Mayor in Nagano prefecture since 2004, had worked with Chernobyl children at in the Cancer center in Gomel district in Belarus.
    Dr. Akira Sugenoya’s comment on Thyroid examination

    We should not conclude on the result of thyroid examination as nothing to do with Fukushima fallout. Normally 1 to 2 in 1 million children develop thyroid cancer. However in Chernobyl, 4 children developed thyroid cancer in the following year. Also we should be well aware that cancer spread into lung in one in six cases in Chernobyl. Nuclear disaster is a national crisis. We haven’t learned a lesson from the Chernobyl disaster and been neglecting the danger of Nuclear energy. The Japanese Government should support the Fukushima disaster victims financially by giving them more regular and full examination and evacuating them into safer area.

    Comment by arclight2011part2 | June 28, 2013 | Reply

  6. Hi, I reblogged several articles from nuclear news. I wanted to say thank you but somehow I couldn’t leave message. hope this one is ok.

    Comment by Mia June | June 28, 2013 | Reply

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