Fukushima children found to have thyroid irregularities

2 years ago by in Japan Archives, National

A test conducted among children from within the no-go zone of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and nearby towns has revealed hormonal and other thyroid irregularities, the Kyodo News reported.

The Japan Chernobyl Foundation and Shinshu University Hospital conducted the testing of 130 children up to the age of 16, including month-old babies. Out of this number, 10 were found to have thyroid irregularities.

The testing discovered that 8 of the 10 children were found with abnormal thyroid hormone levels while two children were diagnosed with “slightly high blood concentrations of a protein called thyroglobulin”.

Of the ten children found with irregularities, 3 used to live in the no-go zone of the damaged plant, 1 from an area within the 20 to 30 kilometers from the plant, and 6 came from more distant towns.

Minoru Kamata of the Japan Chernobyl Foundation said that while the children are not considered “ill”, it would be necessary to put them into long-term observation.

The Foundation undertook the test until the end of August in Nagano where these children have been living after they were evacuated from the crippled nuclear plant.

The March 11 quake and tsunami caused a nuclear accident in Fukushima Daiichi power plant which has since dispensed radioactive materials into the environment. It is said that radioactive iodine is likely to accumulate in the thyroid glands of babies and children which increases the possibility of cancer in later years.


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