GENEVA – Japan’s health survey on the effects of the March 2011 nuclear crisis should be expanded to include areas outside Fukushima Prefecture, a U.N. expert said.
The health management survey should be provided to residents in all affected areas by radiation exposure higher than 1 millisievert per year, Anand Grover, the U.N. special rapporteur on health, said in a report.
The report disputed the Japanese government’s decision to allow business activities to resume in areas with an exposure of 20 millisieverts or less per year.
“Evacuees should be recommended to return only when the radiation dose has been reduced as far as possible and to levels below 1 millisievert per year,” the report said.
Epidemiological studies “conclude that there is no low-threshold limit for excess radiation risk to non-solid cancers such as leukemia,” it said.
The report will be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday.
The report criticized the Japanese government for failing to give prompt orders for administering stable iodine to the public after the core meltdowns began at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
The report also said Japan failed to utilize the System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Information, the computer simulator dubbed SPEEDI that projects the environmental spread of radioactive fallout, in a timely manner.
Many people who evacuated Fukushima to escape the fallout from the meltdowns ended up fleeing to places that were directly in the fallout paths projected by SPEEDI.
Atomic plan suspense
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won’t clarify his plan to reactivate nuclear power plants until it appears in the growth strategy to be released in mid-June just before the Upper House election in July, sources familiar with the matter said.
The draft energy policy states that steps will be taken to restart reactors deemed safe by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the sources said Saturday.
The government will pledge to make utmost efforts to ensure safety at atomic power stations to gain support for restarting them in the municipalities that host them, they said.