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May 28, 2014

Fukushima given UN report on effects of radiation




The head of a UN scientific panel has submitted to Fukushima Prefecture its report on the effects of radiation exposure on humans from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident 3 years ago.

Chair of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation Carl-Magnus Larsson visited the Fukushima vice-governor Fumio Murata on Wednesday.

More than 80 experts across the world worked on the report released by the committee last month.

The document says no deaths or serious illnesses have so far been reported from radiation exposure from the accident.

The report also said no future increase of the rate of cancer is expected from the exposure Fukushima residents received. It cited a 1 year-old child's exposure at between 1.6 to 13 milisieverts.

As for thyroid cancer in children, which increased after the Chernobyl accident, the UN report said it will not rise in the same way as their exposure was far below Chernobyl levels.

Larsson told reporters that the team's assessment of residents' health is based on scientific data and reports collected over time.

He related that he believes their report gives an overall picture of the possible impact. Larsson added their predictions may not be perfect as it's only 3 years since the accident.

The UN committee is considering holding explanatory sessions in the prefecture to help people understand the report's contents.

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