NHK: “Strong concerns” over 36% of Fukushima kids having thyroid lumps — Now testing outside Fukushima to begin

Published: August 26th, 2012 at 7:07 pm ET
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Title: Thyroid tests extended to kids outside Fukushima
Source: NHK
Date: Aug. 26, 2012
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Japan will conduct thyroid tests on children outside Fukushima Prefecture, to determine whether last year’s nuclear accident in the prefecture has anything to do with the discovery of lumps in the thyroid glands of one in three children in Fukushima Prefecture.

The decision has been made by the Cabinet Office’s team supporting people affected by the nuclear disaster.

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[Fukushima] prefecture had conducted thyroid checks on 38,000 children by the end of March.
No-one was diagnosed with cancer, but lumps were found in 36 percent of the children.

The prefecture explained that lumps can be found in healthy children, so no special measures are needed, but parents voiced strong concerns over the finding.

Thyroid checks will now be conducted on 4,500 children aged 18 years old or younger in 3 areas outside Fukushima Prefecture by the end of March.

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Cabinet Office says data will be collected in areas that are not affected by radioactive materials released from the crippled nuclear reactors. It says the move is designed not only to alleviate concerns, but also to detect possible effects of the nuclear accident on children’s health, if any, as early as possible.

Published: August 26th, 2012 at 7:07 pm ET
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30 comments to NHK: “Strong concerns” over 36% of Fukushima kids having thyroid lumps — Now testing outside Fukushima to begin

  • arclight arclight

    they tested 40,000 children in eight weeks and got the results in 6 months

    using a smaller cohort of children the whole process will take 7 months??
    thank heavens the World Health Organisation has statistical non fact based algorithm to rely on!! phew/sarc

    "not affected"?? good luck.. think meant "place that has no radiation monitoring"

    ugh!


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  • razzz razzz

    How considerate to use the population as lab rats. More humane to relocate citizens away from the most contaminated and affected areas before testing.

    Some evacuated from the no go zone into areas that were to become more contaminated due to fallout patterns controlled by wind and rain patterns. They should redraw the no go zone accordingly.


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  • BringoutYourDead

    "Japan will conduct thyroid tests on children outside Fukushima Prefecture, to determine whether last year’s nuclear accident in the prefecture has anything to do with the discovery of lumps in the thyroid glands of one in three children in Fukushima Prefecture." ????

    I must be dumb as a rock, lumps in thyroid glands might be related to being in close proximity to a nuclear disater?

    I would have thought this was a given. It's hell to be old, and stupid.

    BOYD


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  • lam335 lam335

    re: "… data will be collected in areas that are not affected by radioactive materials released from the crippled nuclear reactors."

    Where do they think they are going to find "areas that are not affected by radioactive materials" in Japan? Fallout linked to Fuku has been found as far away as Nagasaki, on the south western end of the island. All of Japan has been be "affected" (i.e., contaminated) by Fuku. The only difference among regions is one of degree–not if its contaminated, but how much, relatively speaking.


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  • BringoutYourDead

    "Where do they think they are going to find "areas that are not affected by radioactive materials" in Japan?"

    Western Japan is doing much better than the west coast of the USA.


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  • patb2009

    expect high numbers in the nearby prefectures of Tohuko and decreased numbers but north of 10% in both the chiba and tokyo area.


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  • RJ RJ

    The radiation in western Japan could have come from feeds and such sent down here. I can't believe cesium made it all the way to Shimane. A typhoon is the only reasonable reason except for what I mentioned above.

    I do feel sorry for those children in Fukushima, but those parents SHOULD have got the hell ouda there! I was shocked that there wasn't a mass migration south after the explosions. Now I understand better, what ever the government says, is always true.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Check Tokyo. And beyond. And don't think about how it'll be in five years.


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  • BringoutYourDead

    " Now I understand better, what ever the government says, is always true."

    What else do we have? Damned shame we can't trust it.

    BOYD


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  • arclight arclight

    NHK: Testing 10% of Fukushima kids thyroid lumps took 1 year — Testing outside Fukushima to begin, will take 7 months with UK University complicity?

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/08/27/nhk-testing-10-o-ffukushima-kids-thyroid-lumps-took-1-year-testing-outside-fukushima-to-begin-will-take-7-months-with-uk-university-complicity/

    ok its a long title.. im only learning..

    posted because its an old twist on a new article.. hope you like.. :)


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  • tasteslikedaniel

    Does anyone feel their hearts getting ripped apart from stories like this? Its hard to understand thats its happening right now and the whole world doesnt care


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    • arclight arclight

      hi tasteslikedaniel

      enenews has its own trail of tears.. unfortunately.

      some facts have surfaced and continue.. many things are afoot in japn via the ngo`s and local community organisations and the full details of efforts are not being brought out into the open

      on the positive side.. many children have been moved away voluntarily by the parents for their protection, though they would have been effected by the initial week of heavy active contamination, and the sad thing is that many children are left because of constraints on the parents..

      in fact it is best described by this teacher in this tear jerking film documentary

      In Containment 「格納容器の中」 part 5/5

      Published on Jul 21, 2012 by DocumentingIan
      In Containment: the people of Minamisoma, 15 months after the meltdown
      「格納容器の中」南相馬市民、メルトダウンから15ヶ月後

      camera
      Koji Fujita 藤田 浩二
      Ian Thomas Ash

      *** version Françaises: http://youtu.be/Kd1pjrBratE ***

      Part 5 STORY: After returning from the exclusion zone, the crew goes to a testing site to be measured for radiation exposure. Later, Ian visits a nursery school located just outside of the 30km radiation zone, where the head teacher opens up about her fears for the children's future. Finally, the children go out to play, but their conversation quickly turns shockingly real.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lnpPo1gQX8


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  • arclight arclight

    the japanese Diet and children huh?

    Justice ministry studies removing restrictions on sentencing minors

    TOKYO —
    "….The Ministry of Justice has announced that it is considering a reform bill that will change the ways minors can be punished in Japan.

    The move comes as the result of a series of high profile crimes committed by minors…."

    "…..At present, the maximum prison sentence for a minor is 15 years, a ministry official said. A crime that would result in a life sentence for an adult does not result in the same sentence for a child under the age of 18, nor can minors be given the death penalty.

    These are some of the restrictions the Diet will consider removing or changing, the ministry spokesman said….."

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/justice-ministry-studies-removing-restrictions-on-sentencing-minors?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2012-08-27_AM

    This report analyses Japan's compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its two Optional Protocols.

    "…In summary, the Japanese Government did not perceive a need to amend any legislation or enact new laws to bring Japan into compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Japan claims to use the Convention's goals as a cornerstone for improving policy measures to protect children. …"

    cont…


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    • arclight arclight

      "…Nevertheless, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the "Committee") views many of the Government's efforts to be either half-hearted or even in contravention of the spirit of the agreement. For example, a 2007 amendment to the Juvenile Law (少年法) that lowered the age of eligibility at which children may be admitted to juvenile training schools was criticized as violating the aims of the Convention. Critics call for specific time-targets and indicators, to better assess and evaluate relevant legislative and policy efforts. Among the lingering issues is the failure to illegalize child pornography that is hand drawn or created by computer, particularly in manga comic books and anime cartoons. Sexual violence against girls remains a serious issue for its promotion in manga, anime, and computer programs. This problem is further complicated by the low age of consent which in turn makes it more difficult to prosecute rape crimes. Additionally, the rigors of a Japanese education are considered to increase problems such as suicide. Finally, the Committee has found the National Youth Development Policy to be neither comprehensive nor rights-based…."

      more here

      http://www.crin.org/resources/infodetail.asp?id=21797


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Sickness and extermination is brought on by allowing nuclear plants. They must be outlawed, shut off, and decommissioned, worldwide.


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  • CB CB

    Is anyone more pissed the fuck OFF than ME? I've
    been nice, so as I don't get kicked off of ENENEews, I probably wont be so fortunate here, God help me.


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