Japan Newspaper: Fukushima Daiichi worker reports developing cancer

Published: September 29th, 2012 at 5:05 pm ET


Sept. 28, 2012 article in the Nippon Shimbun translated by EXSKF:

[…] The Ministry [of Health and Welfare] also disclosed that a worker who had worked in the restoration work during the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident submitted the application for workers’ compensation this month, claiming he developed a cancer. According to the Ministry, it is the first time that a worker at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant has submitted the application because of cancer after the March 11, 2011 disaster.

Published: September 29th, 2012 at 5:05 pm ET


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15 comments to Japan Newspaper: Fukushima Daiichi worker reports developing cancer

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    First of many. Jesus wept.

  • Maggie123

    Farawayfan: yes.

  • markww markww

    There re going to be millions of graves from people exposed to Fukushima world wide

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      millions or billions and uncountable mutations.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        According to RK there are already millions of excess deaths of babies in India due to Fukushima.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          China has 27 new reactors planned. Their materials and workmanship are so inferior, this is a real travesty and should be stopped by the world community. I large earthquake in the recent past in China was in their nuclear location.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            Sorry, "more than 70 planned units"

            China, Also on Fault Lines, Faces New Atomic Scrutiny

            “China is in the midst of a nuclear-power building binge, with 25 plants under construction in addition to the 13 now in operation. The plan is to expand China's current installed production capacity by nearly seven times—to 86 gigawatts in 2020 from 10.8 gigawatts now—and increase nuclear power to 5% of China's energy output, from around 1%….
            “But China National Nuclear, the country's top nuclear-power developer, said this week it planned to build a new nuclear plant in the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing, which is around 480 kilometers from the epicenter of a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in 2008 that left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing in neighboring Sichuan province. The company said it wanted to build the plant in the next five years, although the plant doesn't appear to be among the more than 70 planned units that have already been approved by regulators.
            “And major quakes have hit the coast, too. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake in 1976, thought to have killed at least a quarter of a million people, destroyed the city of Tangshan, which sits near China's northeast coast about 300 kilometers across the Bohai Sea from the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant under construction in the city of Dalian….

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

              “Installing the right equipment isn't China's only challenge. Critics allege that operators of existing Chinese nuclear-power plants have sometimes been reluctant to disclose problems. Operators at the Daya Bay nuclear plant, about 80 kilometers from Hong Kong, denied Hong Kong media reports of a radiation leak last May. Several weeks later the provincial government acknowledged an increase in radioactivity but said it wasn't up to levels deemed a ‘nuclear incident.’

              “Aspects of the industry are also cloaked in secrecy, including the handling of uranium and radioactive waste, and links to the weapons-development side of China's nuclear equation.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            Western Experts Monitor China’s Nuclear Sites for Signs of Earthquake Damage

            “China’s main centers for designing, making and storing nuclear arms lie in the shattered earthquake zone, leading Western experts to look for signs of any damage that might allow radioactivity to escape….”

  • Mack Mack

    "According to Tokyo Electric Power Co., as of the end of August, 167 workers involved with recovery work at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had been exposed to over 100 millisieverts of radiation."


  • andagi andagi

    Dear Mack,
    'To qualify, workers must have been exposed to at least 100 millisieverts of radiation in total, with five years having passed since they began engaging in nuclear work — conditions that would indicate a strong relationship between nuclear work and the three types of cancer. Different standards exist for other cancers such as leukemia.

    According to Tokyo Electric Power Co., as of the end of August, 167 workers involved with recovery work at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had been exposed to over 100 millisieverts of radiation.

    In December 2009 and February 2011, before the Fukushima disaster, there were two applications from nuclear plant workers seeking recognition of stomach, esophagus, and colon cancer as work-related illnesses. Based on past records, a MHLW panel investigated the issue and put together a report stating that recognition of raised risk for these three types of cancer started within the range of 100 and 200 millisieverts, with the minimum latent period of related cancers ranging between roughly five and 10 years. The newly announced standards are based on this report.

    The MHLW has not disclosed whether it approved the two compensation applications.'

    I have no words. This 'industry' has become hell on earth.

  • patb2009

    TEPCO will pay nothing in terms of compensation to anyone.

    Their rules are such that they push people to not wear dosimeters
    and they have an incentive to drive exposure so you get cancer fast
    and they won't payout for cardiac illness.