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U.N. finds no adverse health effects from Fukushima disaster

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Is this a case of industry insiders policing themselves?

16 ( +21 / -5 )

can't detect cancer if you don't test.

Japan is very efficient at not-testing.

12 ( +21 / -9 )

UNSCEAR said that a sharply higher rate of thyroid cancers detected among children exposed to the radiation was likely due to better diagnostics.

The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, also said that there was no evidence that the disaster had had any detrimental effects on people's health.

There is a long history of cover-ups and running interference for the long term effects of above ground nuclear tests in the US, French Polynesia etc. so the revision could be suspect.

The news will be embraced by the LDP though, now they can focus on more important things like the Olympics.

10 ( +16 / -6 )

If the statement is true there was no need to evacuate the 160,000 people. But in many areas the radiation levels were higher than allowed by law, in need, the government raised the permitted levels from 1 millisievert per year to 20 millisieverts per year. Long-term testing is still required. Cancers can take 20 years to appear. The nuclear refugees were offered free healthcare for life. Don't know if that still applies.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

The IAEA had a hand in the nuclear disaster. it was part of the nuclear village that inspected the failed plant.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Agree with Mickelicious.....count me as a sceptic.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

The below article about thyroid cancer s 3 years back. Since the number has increased to well over 200

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180306/p2a/00m/0na/007000c

8 ( +11 / -3 )

"I think people here love to be scared." It's the air that they breathe, and the water in which they swim. It's the flip side of the learned helplessness that is inculcated in people here from a very young age. Fear of being alone, othered or standing out fosters dependency.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

the UN and WHO ...2 highly corrupted institututions!

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Stop it. Enough with the propaganda! Any positive news must be fake to you people.

This is too rich ... LDP propaganda crew complaining about propaganda, lol. Good one.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

The nuclear refugees were offered free healthcare for life. Don't know if that still applies. So Japanese, offered free health care for life......we don't know if it still applies. I will have to get my 140 page guide book out to check if there is a box I should tick in the 260 page application book. While trying to avoid the mold and water in my temporary (10 year) housing. Think I will move somewhere else. Oh now I'm not eligible, seems impossible. Thank god the Olympics with boost my feelings.

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And the possible reasons for this could include better diagnostics. So does that mean these thyroid cancers would not have been found if they had not been looking? Or does it mean that 'naturally' occurring thyroid cancers were only spotted because of the diligence of the testing?

Both things, which are basically the same, they would not have been found if they were not blanket testing people without any symptoms, but since they were the cases were found.

This has happened for this kind of cancer in other places, once you begin to look for it with more testing and better technology you find more cases, radiation exposure increases the risk for them but on a lifetime basis so it is understandable that the findings at this point are not higher than what would be expected without the disaster (and would explain why the cases are found without relationship with the calculated amount of exposure the person had). It is expected that following the exposed people during all their lives will eventually end up with a significant increase of the incidence, for now this is not yet the case.

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I think people here love to be scared. Live in fear of every new report on Covid-19. But a positive report on radiation from the UN - that's fake news

Agreed, Japanese are taught from birth to be fearful of everything so they can be kept in line and treated as less than human. That Japanese people rejecting the findings of a UN report and labeling it as fake news as you say is not surprising, it's their standard cultural behaviour

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Internal exposure to radiation was not taken I to account thus it's not accurate to judge harm to humans and other animals.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

U.N. is contradicting itself.

My guess is that  the U.N.'s Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) is trusting the Japanese numbers.

Serious mistake.

A child diagnosed with thyroid cancer after the Fukushima nuclear accident is missing from government checkup records, an aid group said Friday, raising questions about the thoroughness and transparency of the screenings.

3.11 Fund for Children with Thyroid Cancer submission to the UN CRC, October 2018

src: https://indianexpress.com/article/world/child-diagnosed-with-thyroid-cancer-after-fukushima-accident-goes-missing-from-govt-records-4593829/

4 ( +6 / -2 )

The IAEA mission is to promote the safe use of nuclear power. That should exclude them from any regulatory role - a conflict of interest.

It is even suggested in the later part of the article.

However, "an important lesson of Fukushima is that regulators must be strong, independent and adequately resourced," Grossi said.

They were very uncritical of the Fukushima NPP, with bland statements on the plant design, operation, and disaster response.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

The UN doesn't hold much credibility in my eyes these days anyway...

3 ( +12 / -9 )

Is this a case of industry insiders policing themselves?

UNSCEAR said that a sharply higher rate of thyroid cancers detected among children exposed to the radiation was likely due to better diagnostics.

I would say so.

can't detect cancer if you don't test.

Japan is very efficient at not-testing.

NAILED IT! As usual.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

Considering the average life span of Japanese people, the result is not unnatural.

Someone's reaction;

After release of the reports from the U.N. Commission on Human Rights --- Japan is terrible.

After this report --- U.N. is a fake organization.

“libenter homines id quod volunt credunt”, especially in the QAnon world.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

U.N. finds no adverse health effects from Fukushima disaster, so you've got zero chance of being compensated for sickness.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Same here @virusrex, thanks.

Was about to ask if those same diagnostics yielded same higher detection rates in other locations but moot now with yourvpost

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Mickelicious

Is this a case of industry insiders policing themselves?

No.

bokuda

can't detect cancer if you don't test.

True. But they have done extensive testing, specifically to try to find likely diseases like thyroid cancer. And they have found none that could be attributed to the disaster.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

One becheral equals one disinigration per second in your body. Measuring microsieverts and miliseiverts outside our bodies does not measure relevant effects on our bodies.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Measuring internal radiation

Tools for the job

https://www.env.go.jp/en/chemi/rhm/basic-info/1st/02-04-16.html

This paper was from 2013

Measurements of individual radiation doses in residents living around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24131040/

Another from 2018

External and internal dose assessments of Fukushima residents after the 2011 nuclear disaster

https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jniph/67/1/67_11/_article/-char/en

I think the free healthcare was for children

https://japantoday.com/category/national/fukushima-governor-wants-free-medical-care-for-young-residents

2 ( +3 / -1 )

One of the stated purposes of the IAEA is to promote nukes, and they do a good job of it.

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Quote: "UNSCEAR said that a sharply higher rate of thyroid cancers detected among children exposed to the radiation was likely due to better diagnostics."

I had to read this sentence three times before I got the meaning. At first it seemed to be saying that a higher rate was likely, but had not actually been found yet...

Now I see that it is saying that a sharply higher rate of thyroid cancers in children WAS found.

And the possible reasons for this could include better diagnostics. So does that mean these thyroid cancers would not have been found if they had not been looking? Or does it mean that 'naturally' occurring thyroid cancers were only spotted because of the diligence of the testing?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Good answer, rex, many thanks.

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Hmmmmm..... what about the mental health of all those still displaced residents. What about the health of the social structures destroyed by this? Typical UN nonsense, designed to protect the establishment over the people.

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didou

The below article about thyroid cancer s 3 years back. Since the number has increased to well over 200

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180306/p2a/00m/0na/007000c

As the article and other studies have concluded that these cases are not attributable to the Fukushima disaster.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5770131/

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Kind of depends on how one defines "health", doesn't it?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

The rates for children with thyroid cancer in Fukushima are higher than the national averages. Some state because of the increased testing rate. All have been treated and none have died. Some of those children would have developed thyroid cancer even without the nuclear disaster.

I know from my personal experience early detection of cancer is critical.

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UNSCEAR said that a sharply higher rate of thyroid cancers detected among children exposed to the radiation was likely due to better diagnostics.

Highly skeptical of this statement. Recently, UN leaked emails prove that (contrary to United Nations denials), UN Human-Rights officials did in fact give the names of Chinese dissidents to the communist regime in Beijing before those activists were set to testify in Geneva against the Communist Chinese Party’s abuses. Basically, the people who the UN Human Rights division are supposed to protect, turned them over to the CCP.

Sorry, I don't trust any of the international agencies like UN, WHO, Paris Accord, etc, etc much anymore.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Partially true. I've learned and observed over the decades here, that Japanese people believe TV and media blindly. It's like "if it's TV, it must be true". 

I don't think that behavior is confined to Japan. People live in fear everywhere, and are manipulated everywhere to do so.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Again more old news.... Dragging all the old people from their homes and disrupting their lives has killed hundreds. The radiation... ? I think the figure is still zero!

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

expatToday 10:58 am JST

"I think people here love to be scared." It's the air that they breathe, and the water in which they swim. It's the flip side of the learned helplessness that is inculcated in people here from a very young age. Fear of being alone, othered or standing out fosters dependency.

Partially true. I've learned and observed over the decades here, that Japanese people believe TV and media blindly. It's like "if it's TV, it must be true". And then it's word of mouth, later being "supported" again by TV. The fear was fueled last year and one could really see, how TV reports correlated with people's perception and behaviour.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

I value science & scientific findings.

Around 100,000 people had to flee their homes and 19,000 were killed in the disaster.

A bit misleading or confusing. Most were killed by tunami and earthquake. The Fukushima crisis killed none.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

I think people here love to be scared. Live in fear of every new report on Covid-19. But a positive report on radiation from the UN - that's fake news. Radiation is scary. And invisible.

Meanwhile, many of the same people smoke, drink too much, eat poorly and blithely do dozens of other things that are almost certainly more dangerous than Fukushima radiation and Covid-19 combined.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Stop it. Enough with the propaganda!

Any positive news must be fake to you people.

The only news JT uses consider real is negative news. That's when it's real and not fake.

Does it matter it was U.N. Researches who said this? Not for JT users. Fake news!

-14 ( +8 / -22 )

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