Eight more Fukushima kids found with thyroid cancer; disaster link denied

JIJI

Eight more Fukushima children have been confirmed as having thyroid gland cancer following the prefecture’s checkups, a local panel of experts said Friday, ruling out any link to the Tepco triple-meltdown calamity.

The prefecture began the checkups in 2011 due to the nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 power station. Those subject to the measure were 18 or under at that time.

The panel, made up mainly of doctors and other medical experts, said it is unlikely the disease was caused by exposure to radiation from radioactive materials from the stricken power station.

The panel said 75 people were suspected of having thyroid gland cancer as of the end of last year, of whom 33 were confirmed as having the disease. Three months before, the number of confirmed patients stood at 25.

The total number of people eligible for the checkups is 375,000, of whom about 270,000 have been examined.

  • goatonastick

    This is just the beginning of the bullet dodging we will see the japanese government pull off to avoid as much fallout as possible.

    • anon

      >fallout

      apt choice of words

  • Conrad Brean

    To think that these ‘doctors’ probably go to bed sleeping comfortably, knowing they have lied through their teeth to support their careers.

  • zer0_0zor0

    Years of corruption and cronyism associated with TEPCO resulted in the nuclear accident, and more corruption and cronyism are going to be used to cover up the injury suffered by the victims of the disaster.

  • Starviking

    I love the loaded words in the headline “disaster link denied”. “Disaster link unlikely” would be more appropriate… Unless someone wanted to suggest something was being covered up.