“Eye-Opener”: Under 3% of children exposed to Chernobyl radiation while in womb were diagnosed as healthy at age 7 -Asahi

Published: May 1st, 2012 at 4:24 pm ET


Title: Japan writers’ group gets eye-opener in Chernobyl
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: May 02, 2012

If the pen is mightier than the sword, then senior members of the Japan writers’ P.E.N. Club, who visited the shuttered Chernobyl nuclear power plant in mid-April, are now armed with some mighty ink. […]

At a hospital in Narodychi, 60 km from the Chernobyl nuclear plant, patients were taking radioactive iodine as a cancer treatment in an isolation ward with lead-embedded walls.

One man, who was 8 years old at the time of the disaster, developed cancer in his thyroid gland this year.

The Institute of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev told the delegation that only 2.5 percent of children, who had been exposed to radiation prenatally, were diagnosed as healthy at the age of 7. […]

[Jiro Asada, the president of the association said, “…] Be it in science and technology or in medicine, Japan’s prestige is in danger of falling to the ground. It’s a very crucial moment for us.”

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Published: May 1st, 2012 at 4:24 pm ET


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21 comments to “Eye-Opener”: Under 3% of children exposed to Chernobyl radiation while in womb were diagnosed as healthy at age 7 -Asahi


    If the reference to "mid April" is speaking about 2012 then this is very scary indeed. To have an entire hospital ward set up with lead paneled walls so a group of people/children can take radioactive iodine to kill their thyroids on purpose is unbelievable. We treat it the same way here in the US, but you have to go hide in a hotel for a few days……

    • jec jec

      Thyroid Cancer treatment on the "assembly line" levels!! When my daughter had ablation after surgery, she was in a lead lined room in the Colorado Hospital, a single sad patient with nurses outside observing her for three (might have been 7) days. Then the outfit she wore was tossed, she was allowed to shower –came home but had to stay in a basement, sealed off room for 10 days more, all items from her stored in special bags and then released as nuclear waste-clothes, laundry, hair/nail clippings, food items, drinking/eating materials. Room was then sealed off for several months. And even then, she needed to stay away from little children for a couple weeks. Even then..she was radioactive in that time..she sat next to a family aquarium with hermit crabs in it..the crabs immediately tried to leave their shells/washing or rubbing themselves..and died. So this is not an easy situation.Anywhere..

    • We Not They Finally

      Why would anyone be treating thyroid cancer with RADIOACTIVE iodine? This seems to make no sense. Radioactive idodine CAUSES thyroid cancer in the first place.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    This is all horrific. How soon before it affects everyone? Two, three, four generations? Fuku is still spewing over a year later. Chernobyl was capped within two weeks.

    [Jiro Asada, the president of the association said, "…] Be it in science and technology or in medicine, Japan’s prestige is in danger of falling to the ground. It’s a very crucial moment for us.” WTF???

    It's too late for that. The Japanese kill all these radioactive fetuses and children that aren't "perfect" at birth. Fuku will continue to burn until we see these effects in the children on the Pacific West Coast, within a couple of years at the most.

    And don't forget the 'Death Panels' buried in Obamacare. Oh, I'm sorry, 'Managed Care Panels'. If they decide the children aren't worth spending money on, then what??? It isn't just old people that aren't wanted.

    Buckle up, folks. We're in for a hell of a ride.

    • The Blue Light.

      Chernobyl took five months to cap and it still leaks today, it was never meant to be air tight.

      • The Blue Light.

        ADMIN: I think a good new rule would be a zero tolerance of RACIST and SEXIST remarks. continued offenders should be struck off.

      • We Not They Finally

        Newsflash: They ALL leak to some degree, it's just that a horrific accident makes things exponentially worse. But if anyone thinks that the population of ANYONE downwind from a nuclear plant has a normal health reading, especially as a group, they do NOT. As well as storage casks deterioriating and tons of nuclear waste not even in secure storage casks at all.

    • We Not They Finally

      You're right about Japan, but it is horrendous to mix that in with Obama Care. Do you want the uninsured to get NO care? And it's not even gone into effect! Oh, by the way (just hope it does not apply to you personally), MANY of the people who target the still-unimplemented Obama Care are just racists who don't like ANYTHING Obama does because he is black. Hope you are not amongst those. It's just offensive on its face to go mixing severe deliberate genetic damage in with giving more HEALTH care to the uninsured sick! You should be embarrassed and do a backtrack.

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    Prestige? Try year long shame…possible eternal shame. Regulations don't matter when humans don't have the capability of living 250km from the stricken plant.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    #Fukushima: 4/30/2012 and CYBER HARASSMENT | Fukushima Diary: http://bit.ly/IpXiuu

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      ↓ and they removed this picture of the man who died of nuclear accident. but it can’t be the reason of security check. When they remove a picture, they just remove it without a security check. and this picture was uploaded one year ago. Someone must have reported it to shut me up.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Stem cells are very vulnerable to radiation. In adult DNA, damaged cells are removed by the immune system and regrow healthy in the vast majority of cases. But in germ and stem cells, there is no replacement, the damaged cells replicate more damaged cells without replacement by healthy cells. Those 2.5% deemed healthy are probably not as healthy as they seems.

    • We Not They Finally

      This is just common sense, especially to anyone who cares. But the statistic itself is horrific. It means that as radiation spreads unchecked, how many people can bear healthy children at all?

  • arclight arclight

    "Some say that nuclear power benefits the economy," said Atsuo Nakamura, another P.E.N. Club board member. "That may be a joke in the opposite sense."

    The names of more than 100 abandoned villages, which remain uninhabitable to this day, are engraved on a monument in a park 17 km from the nuclear plant.

    "It has been demonstrated that it is impossible to decontaminate vast forested areas," Nakamura said. "And Japan is a country of forests and mountains."

    the truth will out!!

    Young Mothers' Reasons for Not Leaving Fukushima: "Scared of Leaving, Scared of Remaining"


    1985 – Peter Willcox on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior


    lest we forget!!

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      RT or your own
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      • Whoopie Whoopie

        #genpatsu #BBC #PBS @maddow #LAW #HumanRight

  • SteveMT

    The Japanese are apparently interested in Chernobyl's decontamination procedures, which were ineffective and now all abandoned. Have they learned enough yet?

    With clean-up around Chernobyl abandoned, what can Japan learn from 1986 disaster?

    CHERNOBYL, Ukraine — April 26 will mark the 26th anniversary of the worst case of nuclear contamination in history: the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Since the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in March last year, the Japanese government has shown interest in decontamination and other projects around Chernobyl as a reference point for efforts to deal with its own nuclear disaster.

    However in northern Ukraine, where the radioactive husk of the former Soviet power station lies, large-scale decontamination work has been abandoned as largely ineffective, and disaster refugees are no closer to going home.


    • We Not They Finally

      Chernobyl was immensing damaging. But at least they TRIED to contain it early on. In Japan, they have not figured out even that much. It's unabated, and there are SIX HUGE reactors there as opposed to ONE smaller one at Chernobyl. And the fuel at Fukushima had an immense amount MORE of plutonium than that at Chernobyl. All the Japanese seem to want to figure out is how to cover up mass criminal genocide.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    "Be it in science and technology or in medicine, Japan’s prestige is in danger of falling to the ground. It’s a very crucial moment for us.”

    Prestige my ass. Something else is in danger of falling to the ground, it's called spent fuel pool #4.

  • Myme

    May 5 is the Children’s Day in Japan. I feel deep sadness, knowing how little has been done to protect the children, while the country is about to celebrate the national holiday in devoid of real actions.

    Worse, school kids are often used like a pawn to prove adults’ egos and promote politics. There are school districts that forced kids to play sport in school yard, clean outdoor swimming pools, eat school lunches serving contaminated Fukushima food – all to prove to the world that things are back to normal in Japan.

    This may sound a little strange, but I have this protest action of mine: If we truly care about Japanese children, all of us adults around the world should refuse to visit Japan for now, be it for academic conferences, business meetings, pleasure, etc.

    The Japanese are now using the statistics of foreign visitors as a reasoning to justify their refusal to acknowledge the seriousness of Fukushima. They say, “See, all these foreign visitors are here, so there is no need to concern about radiation and Fuku safety, we are back to business as usual, no need to evacuate children, no need to take extra care for babies and women…”

    In fact, that is exactly what the conference chairs in Japan emailed to our office lately. Our colleagues in EU also report they’re getting awfully a lot of academic invitations from Japan with a similar line of reasoning. If you know of anyone planning to go to Japan, please talk to them.