Experts urge great caution over radiation risks, Japan Times, June 26, 2011:
[...] “I think some municipal governments have only recently begun to release soil data in response to mounting calls from the public,” [Akira Sugenoya, mayor of Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture and a medical doctor who spent 5½ years from 1996 in the Republic of Belarus treating children with thyroid cancer] said. “But the central government should have taken the initiative to release them much earlier … . What the central government must do now is release all data, no matter how bad, because if it doesn’t it can only add to people’s suspicions that it is manipulating information.
“So many people in Japan are now saying that they can’t trust their own government.”
Adding to such concerns are the views of Richard Broinowski, a former Australian diplomat who is now adjunct professor at the University of Sydney. [...]
Specifically, he said, “What I am anxious to know is: Are qualified Japanese epidemiologists and public health experts (that is, those not in the pay of the nuclear industry) undertaking objective and impartial research into how deeply and to what intensity, radiation dispersal of cesium-137, strontium-90, iodine-131, noble gases and plutonium-239 … has spread, and how much the general population of the Tohoku region and other regions of Japan have been exposed?”
He added: “I also suspect that full disclosure of such data is not in the interests of the Japanese nuclear industry.” [...]
Published: June 25th, 2011 at 2:15 pm ET