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Regional Distribution of Fukushima Thyroid Cancer Cases (Confirmed and Suspected) Analyzed by Citizen Scientists

The first round of thyroid examination concluded in March 2014, and its results are nearly complete, except for some of the secondary examination results which were still not available as of August 24, 2014. Fukushima Medical University denies any regional difference in the incidence of thyroid cancer amongst Fukushima children and considers it unlikely that the current incidence of cancer is related to radiation exposure.  Although it might not be possible to epidemiologically assess the radiation health effects until the second round of thyroid examination is finished at the end of March 2016, the currently available data could still be analyzed in more detail.

As the nature of Japanese language allows significant amounts of information to be shared in a tweet using 140 letters, there has been an active discussion going on regarding the thyroid examination results on Twitter. When the results are released by Fukushima Medical University, citizen scientists--some professionals and som…

19-Year-Old Fukushima Woman Says, "Please Let Me Be the One to Decide on My Own Life."

This is a translation of an interview article posted online on August 30, 2014, by a Japanese freelance journalist, Hiroki Suzuki. Suzuki runs a site called, "Tami no Koe Shimbun," or "People's Voice Newspaper," where he posts interviews of various people in Fukushima. The article was translated with permissions from Suzuki and the interviewee.

Tami no Koe Shimbun (People’s Voice Newspaper)
Let’s protect children from radiation exposure. Let’s protect people. That’s why I keep writing.

“Please let me be the one to decide on my own life.” A 19-year-old Date City woman talks about “nuclear accident,” “radiation exposure,” and “evacuation.”

I understand there is a danger of radiation exposure. I learned about dangers of nuclear power plant. But I don’t want to destroy my current life.... A 19-year-old college preparatory school student from Date City, Fukushima Prefecture, talked about how she really felt now that a little over three years have passed since the Tokyo…

Details of Fukushima Thyroid Cancer Cases Revealed at the Japan Society of Clinical Oncology Meeting

On the first day of the 52nd Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Clinical Oncology which is being held on August 28 - 30 in Yokohama City, Japan, Shinichi Suzuki, a thyroid surgeon from Fukushima Medical University in charge of the Fukushima thyroid ultrasound examination, presented some details of the surgical cases in a presentation titled "Treatment of childhood thyroid cancer in Fukushima" during the Organ Specific Symposium 03: Up-to-Date Thyroid Cancer Treatment - Thyroid Cancer in Children and Adolescents. Suzuki has consistently declined to reveal these details during sessions of the Prefectural Oversight Committee Meeting for Fukushima Health (Management) Survey as well as the Fukushima Thyroid Examination Expert Subcommittee meetings. 

From the news report, which is the only material available online containing information revealed by Suzuki, Fukushima Medical University operated on 54 of the 57 surgical cases, with 45 meeting the criteria for absolute surgical indi…

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…