Title: Government sat on survey of radiation in Fukushima children’s thyroid glands
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: February 22, 2012
The thyroid glands of children in Fukushima Prefecture were exposed to radiation doses of up to 35 millisieverts following the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan said Feb. 21.
The estimate is based on results collected in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture [over 40 km SOUTH of meltdowns], late last March, but not released by the government at the time.
The government’s local response headquarters tested the thyroid glands of 1,080 children in Fukushima Prefecture on the advice of the commission. According to materials released by the commission, 11 of 137 under the age of 15 checked in Iwaki had relatively high radiation doses in their thyroid glands of 5 to 35 millisieverts [...]
The commission said that it advised the government’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters late last March to conduct additional surveys on children with high doses, but that the recommendation was rejected on the grounds that such measures could cause alarm among the children and their families.
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Published: February 22nd, 2012 at 9:40 am ET