19 Mai 2014
May 18, 2014
Abe seeks to dispel radiation concerns stirred by Japanese manga
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday sought to dispel concerns stirred by a famous Japanese comic which linked radiation exposure from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex to nosebleeds, saying there is not a single case of someone's health known to have been damaged through exposure.
In a recent edition of the long-running comic "Oishinbo," the main character is shown having a nosebleed after visiting the plant, where three nuclear reactors melted down and buildings exploded days after a huge earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan in 2011.
"There is no confirmation that someone's health has been directly affected by radioactive substances," Abe told reporters after visiting Fukushima Medical University to be briefed about radiation effects in the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima plant.
"There is a need for the state to make all-out efforts to deal with baseless rumors," Abe said and vowed to provide accurate information to eliminate such concerns.
The premier also said his government will study whether the way it has been providing information to the public was sufficient.
During his one-day trip to Fukushima, Abe watched a simulated thyroid examination at the medical university. Radioactive iodine released in nuclear accidents can accumulate in thyroid glands due to breathing or ingestion, and increase the risk of thyroid cancer.