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Five successive prime ministers saying that “many children suffer from thyroid cancer”

February 4, 2022

Environment Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi has complained about five successive prime ministers saying that “many children suffer from thyroid cancer.” However, pediatric thyroid cancer is a rare disease that only occurs in one million people, but after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, 266 people (10 years) have been diagnosed out of 38,000 people. Why don’t you say a lot of this?” (Attorney Takayuki Fujioka)

We received a letter of protest from Mr. Yamaguchi, Minister of the Environment, regarding the joint statement by five former prime ministers compiled and released by JAERI. In response to this, JAERI has released a rebuttal and questions. In this video, Hiroyuki Kawai, the secretary general of JAERI, talks about the issues involved. Click here for the full text of the rebuttal and questions

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February 7, 2022 Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , , , | Leave a comment

Release] Protest against the condemnation of the letter of the five former prime ministers

Protest Statement

Feb. 4, 2022

311 Children’s Thyroid Cancer Trial Lawyers: Kenichi Ido, Chief of the Defense Team, Hiroyuki Kawai, Vice-Chairman, Yuichi Kaiwata

Five former prime ministers who are truly concerned about the future of Japan (Junichiro Koizumi, Morihiro Hosokawa, Naoto Kan, Yukio Hatoyama, and Tomiichi Murayama) sent a letter to the President of the European Commission on January 27, 2022. In a letter dated January 27, 2022, five former prime ministers (Ichiro Koizumi, Morihiro Hosokawa, Naoto Kan, Yukio Hatoyama, and Tomiichi Murayama) wrote to the President of the European Commission entitled “Nuclear and Carbon Free: Excluding Nuclear Power from the EU Taxonomy is Possible. -In the letter, he talks about the current situation in Fukushima. In response to the passage in the letter that “many children are suffering from thyroid cancer”, Goshi Hosono, a member of the Diet, tweeted about the current situation in Fukushima, So Yamaguchi, Minister of the Environment, wrote a letter to five former prime ministers, Takaichi Takai, Chairman of the General Affairs Committee of the Liberal Democratic Party, expressed his protest, Uchibori, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, made an appeal, and Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan, responded to the Budget Committee. The LDP Fukushima prefectural federation has sent a letter of protest, and the government and the LDP have attacked and condemned each other. The reasons for this are that the above passage is “erroneous information” (Minister of Environment, Prime Minister Kishida), “erroneous content” (Chairman of the General Affairs Council Koichi), “contrary to scientific facts” (Hosono Rep.), “encourages unwarranted discrimination and prejudice” (Minister of Environment, Prime Minister Kishida), “brings anxiety to the youth of Fukushima” (Hosono Rep.), and “causes (Hosono), and “spreading rumors based on false information” (Takaichi, Chairman of the Board of Governors).

However, it is an undeniable fact that pediatric thyroid cancer, which was said to occur in only one or two children per million people per year before the Fukushima nuclear accident, has increased in Fukushima Prefecture in the 11 years since the accident, with 266 cases in the Fukushima Prefectural Health Survey and 27 cases in other surveys, for a total of at least 293 cases.

The above accusation by the Liberal Democratic Party may be an attempt to say that radiation exposure is not the cause of the high incidence of childhood thyroid cancer, but this is not a scientifically settled issue and their statement is “inaccurate information. The Fukushima Prefectural Citizens’ Health Study Review Committee and UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation) UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation) deny the existence of a cause-and-effect relationship, it does not mean that these organizations have the authority to determine the existence of a cause-and-effect relationship. On the other hand, there are many experts who argue that a causal relationship should be recognized.

In this regard, the Ministry of the Environment seems to be based on the so-called over-diagnosis theory that the screening of the Fukushima Prefectural Health Survey only finds a large number of latent cancers that do not progress even if left untreated, but the over-diagnosis theory is not a proven theory. However, the over-diagnosis theory is not a proven theory. On the contrary, the scheme of the Fukushima Prefectural Health Survey was carefully designed to avoid over-diagnosis and over-treatment while fully recognizing the existence of latent cancers among thyroid cancers. When a cancer is found, it is not removed in a hasty manner. Rather, the progress of the cancer is assessed and its invasion into the surrounding tissues and metastasis to the surrounding lymph nodes are carefully investigated, and surgery is performed only in cases that meet the indications for surgery stipulated in the thyroid treatment guidelines. The thyroid surgeon who performed the removal of pediatric thyroid cancer in Fukushima Prefecture has clearly denied that he overdiagnosed the disease.

Pediatric thyroid cancer is said to progress more rapidly than thyroid cancer in adults. Although Fukushima Prefecture has not disclosed the total number of cases, it appears that a significant number of children have had recurrences after surgery. Of the six pediatric thyroid cancer patients who filed a claim for damages against TEPCO on January 27, four of them had their cancers recur after surgery. Is the Ministry of the Environment saying that these cases are also overdiagnosed?

All of the children in Fukushima Prefecture were exposed to a certain amount of radiation. It is natural for children who suffer from extremely rare diseases caused by exposure to radiation to suspect that exposure is the cause. According to a survey conducted by the NPO 3.11 Thyroid Cancer Children’s Fund, the number of children and adolescents suffering from thyroid cancer has been increasing. According to a survey conducted by the NPO 3.11 Children’s Fund for Thyroid Cancer, about 60% of children and their families affected by thyroid cancer believe that the cause of the disease is exposure to radiation. However, lawsuits claiming compensation for damages by pediatric thyroid cancer patients have only just been filed. One of the plaintiffs stated at the press conference for the lawsuit that he could not even tell that he had thyroid cancer. I strongly fear that this series of bashing will make it harder than ever for pediatric thyroid cancer patients and their families to speak out about their feelings and questions. They should be aware that their comments are the ones that “promote discrimination and prejudice” and cause secondary damage to the young people and their families in Fukushima.

What the government and the administration should do is to conduct a thorough investigation into whether or not the high incidence of thyroid cancer in children is caused by exposure to radiation, make the data public, have open discussions with the public, and if a cause-and-effect relationship cannot be denied, have TEPCO promptly compensate the victims. We also need to establish a permanent support system to relieve the suffering of the young people in Fukushima. Rather than suppressing the anxiety of pediatric thyroid cancer patients and their families and silencing them, the role of the government should be to eliminate any discrimination and prejudice that may be caused by the revelation of the facts.

The cause of the high incidence of pediatric thyroid cancer in Fukushima Prefecture must continue to be investigated in order to reach a scientific conclusion. The lawsuit filed by patients against TEPCO has just started. The Lawyers Committee strongly protests against this series of unjustified bashing of the five former prime ministers by the government and the Liberal Democratic Party.

That is all.

Source: Support Network 311: Children with Thyroid Cancer

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February 4, 2022 Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Environment Minister Yamaguchi flirts with five former prime ministers: “Thyroid cancer has nothing to do with the nuclear accident.

National Diet of Japan, House of Representatives, Budget Committee, General Questions, Environment Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi

February 2, 2022

Environment Minister Sou Yamaguchi announced on Wednesday that he had sent letters of protest to five former prime ministers, including Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa, for spreading false information about the health effects of radiation on children in Fukushima Prefecture.

 Koizumi and Hosokawa, as well as Naoto Kan, Yukio Hatoyama and Tomiichi Murayama, are opposed to the European Commission’s decision to include nuclear power plants as a “green” investment that contributes to decarbonization, as many children are suffering from thyroid cancer due to the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co. He had sent a statement to the chairman of the committee dated last month 27. In his letter, Mr. Yamaguchi complained that the wording of the statement by the former prime minister and others “may lead to discrimination and prejudice and is not appropriate.
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February 4, 2022 Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , , , | Leave a comment

[Urgent Release] Examining the Significantly Reduced “Oral” Thyroid Radiation Exposure in the UNSCEAR 2020 Report

February 3, 2022

In a letter sent by five former prime ministers, including Junichiro Koizumi and Naoto Kan, to the European Commission, they stated that “many children are suffering from thyroid cancer” due to the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida responded at the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives on February 2 that the letter was inappropriate because it could spread false information that children in Fukushima Prefecture are suffering from health problems caused by radiation and promote unwarranted discrimination and prejudice. He responded. The governor of Fukushima Prefecture, Masao Uchibori, also wrote a letter to the former prime minister and others urging them to disseminate objective information based on “scientific findings,” saying that according to the opinions of experts, no causal relationship with radiation exposure has been recognized.

The basis for the current denial of thyroid cancer by the national and prefectural governments is that the thyroid exposure associated with the Fukushima nuclear accident is much lower than that of Chernobyl. However, the exact thyroid absorbed dose from the Fukushima nuclear accident has not been measured. All the figures currently being produced are merely estimates based on simulations and other data.

The same is true for the 2020 report of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), which the government places particular emphasis on. In particular, the 2020 report released in March last year is based on the same estimates as the agency’s 201 In particular, the 2020 report, which was released in March last year, is characterized by a significant decrease in the estimated radiation doses to the public compared to the report released in 2013. In the 2013 Report, the thyroid exposure from oral intake (infants (1 year old)) was uniformly 32.79 mGy in Fukushima Prefecture, but in the 2013 Report, it was significantly reduced from 1 to several mGy.

OurPlanetTV obtained 15,000 pieces of radioactive measurement data and meeting minutes from the Nuclear Regulation Authority and Fukushima Prefecture in the early stages of the accident. We added our own coverage and published the article in September last year.
Free release of Iwanami “Science” articles. https://www.ourplanet-tv.org/40513/

In response to the fact that the national government and the prefectural government have expressed the view that they deny the existence of thyroid cancer patients despite the fact that there are as many as 300 thyroid cancer patients, Iwanami Shoten will release the September 2021 issue of Science, which reports on the contamination of food immediately after the accident, in digital format free of charge.
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February 4, 2022 Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , , , | Leave a comment

Open letter from five former Prime Ministers of Japan to the EU on nuclear power

February 2, 2022

Five former prime ministers of Japan wrote an open letter on 27 January to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen asking her to review the proposal to consider nuclear energy as a possible alternative to fossil fuels.

The reasons for this demand lie in the consideration that nuclear energy is dangerous and uncontrollable, as the Three Mile Island disaster in the United States, Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union and the TEPCO plant in Fukushima have dramatically demonstrated.

This taxonomy also promotes the misconception that nuclear energy is a possible alternative to climate-altering sources when in fact the unresolved problem of nuclear waste and the danger inherent in nuclear power plants poses a risk to the environment and the very survival of mankind.

In the same letter, the German government’s decision to abandon nuclear energy, motivated in part by the Fukushima disaster itself, is considered courageous, and the European Union is urged to show the same courage by favouring only renewable sources among its energy conversion choices.

The letter in full

https://www.pressenza.com/2022/02/open-letter-from-five-former-prime-ministers-of-japan-to-the-eu-on-nuclear-power/

February 4, 2022 Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , , , | 1 Comment

Kishida says statement by five former prime ministers ‘inappropriate’: Thyroid cancer caused by Fukushima nuclear accident

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (left foreground) speaks at the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives in the afternoon of February 2.

February 2, 2022

 Prime Minister Fumio Kishida criticized a statement issued by five former prime ministers, including Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa, at the House of Representatives Budget Committee on Wednesday, saying that the statement was inappropriate because it included the suggestion that many children are suffering from thyroid cancer due to the accident at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

He was responding to a question from Yasushi Adachi of the Japan Restoration Association. The prime minister cited the fact that there is an assessment by experts that “at this point it is difficult to believe that this is an effect of radiation.
 The other five former prime ministers are Naoto Kan, Yukio Hatoyama, and Tomiichi Murayama. The statement, dated Jan. 27 and addressed to European Union (EU) Commission President VONDE ALAEN, objected to moves within the EU to promote nuclear power. The statement objected to moves in the EU to promote nuclear power generation, saying that “many children are suffering from thyroid cancer and an enormous amount of national wealth has disappeared” due to the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
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February 3, 2022 Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , , , | Leave a comment