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First Round of Fukushima Thyroid Examination Complete: Provisional Results Show 57 Confirmed and 46 Suspected Cases of Thyroid Cancer, A Total of 103 Cases.

Sixteenth Prefectural Oversight Committee for Fukushima Health Survey convened on August 24, 2014, releasing the latest results of the thyroid examination, consisting of the near-complete results of the preliminary examination over the last three years, intended to obtain a baseline, as well as the partial results from the regular examination, which will keep track of any changes.

Official English translation of the results are available here.

The initial round of thyroid examination, the preliminary examination, finished as of March 31, 2014. Although not all the examinations have been completed, the provisional results, as of June 30, 2014, were released.The second round of thyroid examination, the regular examination, testing everyone again beginning with areas exposed to higher radiation doses, has already begun.

A summary of the results of the preliminary examination is provided below:

Total number of children examined as of June 30, 2014: 296,026
Total number of children whose initi…

A Surprising Disclosure During the Ninth Session of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting

A Surprising Disclosure During the Ninth Session of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting
A Surprising Disclosure During the Ninth Session of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting
Shigenobu Nagataki appeared to be low-keyed during the ninth session of the Expert Meeting Regarding the Status of Health Management of Residents Following the Tokyo Electric Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident held on August 5th, 2014. Perhaps he was still reeling from the aftermath of the last sessioniii, held on July 16th, when he was bombarded with five outspoken expert witnesses.
During the ninth session, Nagataki's demeanor was hesitant yet assertive, trying to build a consensus as a chairman. At one point he reiterated the purpose of the Expert Meeting as the place for experts to seriously consider what is really the best way to manage the health of those who were affected by the disaster, as if he were trying to remind himself. He also made a few statements suggestive of…

Questioning the Very Status of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting Regarding the Status of Disaster Victims' Health Management

Questioning the Very Status of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting Regarding the Status of Disaster Victims' Health Management

Questioning the Very Status of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting Regarding the Status of Disaster Victims' Health Management
It might have been a slip of a tongue, but Chairman Shigenobu Nagataki, an emeritus professor at Nagasaki University, a former chairman of Radiation Effects Research Foundation, and a mentor to infamous Shunichi Yamashita, appeared to be speaking earnestly when he said, "Committee members, please do not hesitate to ask questions. Given what was just stated, it will be disastrous for this committee to have to conclude that there is an actual increase in thyroid cancer [due to the Fukushima accident]." Toshihide Tsuda, a physician and an epidemiologist at Okayama University, has just emphatically stated that in certain Fukushima municipalities there was a clear evidence of a thyroid cancer epidemic i…

The Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting: Witnesses Propose “A Drastic Overhaul of Medical Checkups and Dose Assessment”

(This is a translation of an article on the website of OurPlanet-TV, a Japanese independent media, which summarized the eighth session of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting Regarding the Status of Health Management of Residents Following the Tokyo Electric Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plan Accident which was held on July 16, 2014. Tokyo Shimbun article regarding the same session is translated here). *****
The Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting: Witnesses Propose "A Drastic Overhaul of Medical Checkups and Dose Assessment

Fukushima Thyroid Examination Fact Sheet: May/June 2014

Below is a synopsis of the thyroid ultrasound examination, being conducted in Fukushima Prefecture since October 2011. The synopsis is intended to organize and clarify available information regarding thyroid cancer cases discovered in Fukushima residents, who were ages 18 or younger at the time of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. It also includes some information gathered from various committee meetings, conducted and streamed live online only in Japanese.  Fukushima Thyroid Examination Fact Sheet: May/June 2014


Fukushima Thyroid Examination Fact Sheet: May/June 2014
In October 2011, seven months after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant meltdowns and explosions, Fukushima Prefecture began thyroid ultrasound examination, as part of Fukushima Health Management Survey1 (now called Fukushima Health Survey), in over 360,000 children. These children were younger than 18 at the time of the accident, and most of them did not receive adequate protection of stable iodine tablets …