TOKYO: A Japanese government-backed researcher said today no health effects from radiation released by the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have been seen in people living nearby.
The pronouncement by Kazuo Sakai of Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences is the latest by authorities seeking to quell fears over the long-term effects of the disaster.
But it was dismissed by campaign group Greenpeace who said the government should not seek to play down health worries.
Sakai said since the accident in Fukushima, no health effects from radiation have been observed, although they have heard reports some people fell ill due to stress from living as evacuees and due to worries and fears about radiation.
His comments came as the Fukushima prefectural government panel said this week three people who were 18 or younger when the nuclear crisis erupted in March 2011 have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.