Thyroid Cancers Surge Among Fukushima Youths

Tyler Durden's picture

It seems US sailors aren't the only ones who three short years after the Fukushima disaster are being stricken by cancers and other radiation-induced diseases. For once, the media blackout surrounding the Japanese nuclear power plant tragedy appears to have crumbled, and at least a portion of the truth has been revealed. Hong Kong's SCMP reports that fifty-nine young people in Fukushima prefecture have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having thyroid cancer. Notably, all of newly diagnosed were younger than 18 at the time of the nuclear meltdown in the area in March 2011. They were identified in tests by the prefectural government, which covered 239,000 people by the end of September.

And while it is not rocket surgery to put two and two together, now that the data is in the public domain, here come the experts to explain it away.

On one hand, there are those who seemingly have not been bribed by the Abe government to "bend" reality just a bit in the name of confidence. People such as Toshihide Tsuda, a professor of epidemiology at Okayama University who has called upon the government to prepare for a possible increase in cases in the future. "The rate at which children in Fukushima prefecture have developed thyroid cancer can be called frequent, because it is several times to several tens of times higher," Japan's Asahi Shimbun quoted him as saying.

He compared the figures in Fukushima with cancer registration statistics throughout Japan from 1975 to 2008 that showed an annual average of five to 11 people in their late teens to early 20s developing cancer for every 1 million people.

And then come those who probably would still be touting the great job Tepco is doing in containing the worst nuclear catastrophe in history, even though Tepco itself has now admitted the exploded nuclear power plant is out of control.  

Tetsuya Ohira, a professor of epidemiology at Fukushima Medical University, disagreed. It was not scientific to compare the Fukushima tests with cancer registry statistics, he argued. Scientific? Or not politically feasible for a prime minister who is desperate to restart domestic nuclear power plants, since Abenomics is getting monkeyhammered thanks to soaring energy and food import costs (and, among other factors, leading to a crash in Abe's popularity rating), and any reality leaking, pardong the pun, from Fukushima will end both that ambition, and his political career prematurely.

Shockingly, a month ago, prefectural officials deemed it unlikely that the increase in suspected and confirmed cases of cancer was linked to radiation exposure. Their "logic" is that in the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, it was not until four or five years after the accident that thyroid cancer cases surged. Apparently the thought that the local cancer victims may have been subject to radiation orders of magnitude higher than Chernobyl thanks to a lying government which consistently repeated that "all is well" has not crossed anyone's mind.

"It is known that radioactive iodine is linked to thyroid cancer. Through the intake of food, people may absorb and accumulate it inside glands," said Dr Choi Kin, a former president of the Hong Kong Medical Association.


Children might absorb more of it than adults because they were still growing, he said, but it remained to be proven that the radioactive iodine came from the nuclear disaster instead of the normal environment.

Bottom line "experts" are divided about whether the Fukushima cancers are caused by nuclear radiation... which, perhaps, is why they are experts. As everyone else knows, a surge in thyroid cancer in a population in close proximity to an exploded power plant, can only be due to one thing: non-participation in the ponzi stock market. So start buying stocks, or else the p53 mutations are coming for you too!

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knukles's picture

Quelle surprise!


(It's really due to the nasty Chinese chicken laced with MSG which Only US Kinetic Action in the Sudan can Help.. It's for the chillen')

LetThemEatRand's picture

No, it's the sun that's causing the cancer rates.  And I would note that we've only been studying cancer for a hundred years or so.  Maybe kids got a lot of cancer a long time ago.  The scientists pushing for high cancer rates want grants.  It's Al Gore's fault.   He's trying to profit from it.  Man is too puny to affect his own population.

wisehiney's picture

No seriously, algore invented the sun.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Correct.  Al Gore invented the moon and the stars while he and his anti-explicit lyrics fascist wife were collecting fireflies (in a most humane fashion).  The Sun is a star, ergo, Al invented it.   

knukles's picture

Thats it thats it thats it, got it...

Tax radiation levels and cancer in the same manner taxing carbon and everything's fine.

Plus, gotta remember, the Japs just adore taxes.

Spungo's picture

We should start buying and selling cancer credits.

DeliciousSteak's picture

Certainly the Japanese must be held collectively responsible for allowing the construction and operation of nuclear power plants on a fault line plagued with earthquakes should there be a harmful effect on the rest of the world. Luckily the Japanese are known for extremes when it comes to personal and collective responsibility.

suteibu's picture

Well, personal responsibility for everyone except politicians and bureaucrats and those in the private sector who support them.  I don't think anyone falls on their sword anymore.  Too much Western influence.

LetThemEatRand's picture

If you haven't figured it out yet, personal responsibility is for the little guy.  Always has been.  Or did you fail to notice that the heads of corporation by definition and by law do not have any?  Ask Mozillo about personal responsibility.  And Jamie.  And Lloyd.  Ad infinitum.

suteibu's picture

You should direct your comment to DeliciousSteakI was merely clarifying his comment.

malikai's picture

Children might absorb more of it than adults because they were still growing, he said, but it remained to be proven that the radioactive iodine came from the nuclear disaster instead of the normal environment.

Indeed. Because as we all know, with a half life of about 31 days, i131 is abundant in nature.

chemystical's picture

"Luckily the Japanese are known for extremes when it comes to personal and collective responsibility"

Yep, prime examples are Nanking and Bataan.  You mean that kind of mea culpa?  The Chinese should hire the Jews as PR agents; then we'd have also Nanking museums worldwide.

chemystical's picture

and Obama invented tides.  Or does he have the ability to stop them?  I can never remember

suteibu's picture

Right.  Climate change and thyroid cancer in Fukushima children are exactly the same thing.

The problem is children are actually getting thyroid cancer even thought the same government which is aggressively pushing climate change (they are still raising the environmental taxes even as they renege on their promise to lower emissions) refuses to acknowledge it.  You see the real issue of cancer is a political problem while the unproven climate change agenda is a political windfall. 

LetThemEatRand's picture

Confirmation bias much?

Which studies do you rely upon for these conclusions?  Oh right.  You don't need any.  You just know that what you said is true because, well, you know it.

suteibu's picture

Cancer is self evident and becoming more so in the Tohoku region of Japan every day.  However, despite the claims of politicians and taxpayer-funded scientists and advocates for taxing the very air we breathe, the evidence for global warming (the original climate change) does not appear to exist, at least the record of the past 15 years which runs counter to the models used to sell the hoax. 

So who you gonna believe, a sleazy politician who refuses to protect children from sickness and/or death and lies about it to your face or your own lying eyes?

knukles's picture

The politician, especially Al Gore

Tapeworm's picture

Yeah Knuckles, if you can get AlGore to shovel me out and chip in for the heat bill I'll vote you up.

 (I know it was /sarc)

divide_by_zero's picture

Yep, there are no non-model based studies that show evidence of global warming. Global warming was always a con game by the progressive elite (soros, rockefeller etc) to extract first world tax dollars to their third world holdings

DaveyJones's picture

Science 3 December 2004:
Vol. 306 no. 5702 p. 1686
DOI: 10.1126/science.1103618

  • Essays on Science and Society


The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change


ice core data (and the timing and never seen pace of change) is pretty "self evident"

this isn't just a handfull of wacky scientists, nor the IPCC (which was specifically picked to give conservative consensus, its a diverse spread of many disciplines and numerous, numerous groups far beyond the "international panel"

it's a little bit of common sense given what we've been mining and burning into a fixed system for the last 150 years 

"the last 15 years" actually give some of the most overwhelming evidence (if you know how to look at the eivdence) It's not slowed at all, its shifted into the oceans which will deliver it back with a vengence and, no surprise is changing the game in the most powerful and influential mass on the planet..

See also the massive thawing of the permafrost:

This is a press release from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

One- to two-thirds of Earth’s permafrost will disappear by 2200, unleashing vast quantities of carbon into the atmosphere, says a study by researchers at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

“The amount of carbon released is equivalent to half the amount of carbon that has been released into the atmosphere since the dawn of the industrial age,” said NSIDC scientist Kevin Schaefer. “That is a lot of carbon.” 

I know our government is a bunch of liars but remember they're really just a bunch of whores, but whose whores? What "power sources" carry influence, can create and motivate wars, kill the concept of infinite expanding credit (and modern economic theory). It's really not that complicated.  

Just scary as hell

Mankind is his own worst enemy, he always has been. He's always late to the game and late to take responsibility. Do you really think it stops with the bankers?

The_Prisoner's picture

The Earth is not a closed system as far as climate is concerned. It is important not to disregard the impact of the weakening of Earth's magnetic shield in the extreme weather patters, one of the more pronouced being the increased amount of precipitation.



DaveyJones's picture

happens all the time 

(but digging out and burning all that stuff doesn't)

because more energy reflects back, especially with the rapidly increased water content, we're actually making it more and more of a "closed system" by what we're putting up there

The_Prisoner's picture

The polution effects of the use of fossil fuels are of concern, but they must not be takes as the the main contributing factor in the increased freuqency of extreme weather. As this allow them to assign blame to human activity and givem the "elites" such as Al Gore and Bill Gates moral grounds to unleash all sorts of fun and games. From making people live into Agenday 21-style urban paddocks to all-out eugenics a-la BIll Gates.

The magnetic pole shift is more like a symptom.

The weakening of the magnetosphere allows the entry of more energy from space, such as cosmic rays, which have been found to be linked to increase in cloud formation. Other solar born energy forms such as coronal-mass-ejections have also been found to correlate with earthquakes.



Lore's picture

Superb reality check:  "Climate Change Reconsidered II"

malikai's picture

In their PDF on models, I'm surprised to find their first issue is one of the ones I've been having for a long time:

Properties inherent in models make dynamic predictability impossible. Without dynamic predictability, other techniques must be used to simulate climate. Such techniques introduce biases of varying magnitude into model projections.

What they're saying is that as time and conditions evolve, static models fail to account for changes in relations within model properties (i.e. model constants need to be variables). This problem is intractible, as attempts to solve this problem quickly increases dimensionality (complexity) of the model - leading to the curse of dimensionality.

Fundamentally speaking, some simple climate models are probably good (i.e. 2box, etc), so long as linearity remains. Once linearity breaks down, (say there's a few years of warm winters at the poles or something, large volcanic activity, superstorm season), it's over for the model.

DaveyJones's picture

pick your whores carefully 

The Heartland Institute is also the original designer of what is now coined Obamacare - which, what do you know, is the largest gift to insurance and drug lobbyists ever

The NIPCC vs. IPCC Process

"The IPCC is supported by hundreds of scientists, think tanks, and organizations around the world that assess and synthesize the most recent climate change-related science. The IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), published in 2007, involved more than 500 Lead Authors and 2000 Expert Reviewers from more than one hundred participating nations. These authors and reviewers were all unpaid volunteers, and are required to identify and show consideration to theories that differ from conventional wisdom.

Unlike the IPCC, the NIPCC examines literature published exclusively by climate contrarians who are paid to contribute their findings to NIPCC reports, according to leaked internal documents of the Heartland Institute. The 2009 NIPCC report Climate Change Reconsidered had two lead authors, Fred Singer and Craig Idso, and 35 contributors. Similarly, the 2011 Interim NIPCC report had three lead authors, Fred Singer, Craig Idso, and Robert Carter, and only eight contributors. The NIPCC does not employ the same rigorous standards and approval process used by the IPCC to ensure its assessment reports are accurate and inclusive.

The Heartland Institute’s Credibility

The Heartland Institute has a long history of valuing the interests of its financial backers over the conclusions of experts. It has campaigned against the threats posed by second-hand smoke, acid rain, and ozone depletion, as well as the Endangered Species Act. With its aggressive campaigning using tools such as billboards comparing climate change “believers” to the Unabomber, Heartland makes no pretense at being a scientific organization.

Heartland’s funding over the past decade has included thousands of dollars directly from ExxonMobil and the American Petroleum Institute, but a large portion of their funding ($25.6 million) comes from the shadowy Donor’s Capital Fund, created expressly to conceal the identity of large donors to free-market causes. The Koch brothers appear to be funneling money into Donor’s Capital via their Knowledge and Progress Fund.

Heartland’s credibility has been so damaged that mainstream funders have been abandoning the organization, and it has been forced to discontinue its annual climate conference."


"An anonymous donor calling him (or her)self "Heartland Insider" has released the Heartland Institute's budget, fundraising plan, its Climate Strategy for 2012 and sundry other documents (all attached) that prove all of the worst allegations that have been levelled against the organization.

It is clear from the documents that Heartland advocates against responsible climate mitigation and then uses that advocacy to raise money from oil companies and "other corporations whose interests are threatened by climate policies." Heartland particularly celebrates the funding that it receives from the fossil fuel fortune being the Charles G. Koch Foundation."


"Heartland also continues to collect money from Philip Morris parent company Altria as well as from the tobacco giant Reynolds American, while maintaining ongoing advocacy against policies related to smoking and health.

Heartland's policy positions, strategies and budget distinguish it clear as a lobby firm that is misrepresenting itself as a "think tank" - it budgets $4.1 million of its $6.4 million in projected expenditures for Editorial, Government Relations, Communications, Fundraising, and Publications, and the only activity it plans that could vaguely be considered policy development is the writing of a curriculum package for use in confusing high schoolers about climate change.

There will be more comment and analysis to follow on DeSmogBlog and elsewhere, but we wanted to make this information available so that others can also scrutinize the documents and bring their expertise to the task.

Attachment Size (1-15-2012) 2012 Fundraising Plan.pdf 89.87 KB (1-15-2012) 2012 Heartland Budget (2).pdf 124.62 KB 2 Agenda for January 17 Meeting.pdf 7.4 KB 2010_IRS_Form_990 (2).pdf 2.7 MB   Binder1 (2).pdf 55.36 KB Board Directory 01-18-12.pdf 11.28 KB Board Meeting Package January 17.pdf 6.84 KB


THe IPPC is just one of many many academic groups that conclude anthropogenic global warming and they are on the very conservative end of concern. It is not a shock to know the industires to lose would erect and pay whores to form puppet counter groups. As we say, follow the money. While it is true there are plenty of other whores trying to make money off the fear, it does nothing to deny the existence and power of the traditional energy groups and business as usual.  

Lore's picture

Amazing how far people will go to paint bullshit as something other than bullshit.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

How long does the average family dog or cat live? What do they die of? Cancers in large part you say? Why is that I wonder ...

suteibu's picture

My grandfather and grandmother died of old age.  The race for research funds to support the growing human desire to be immortal changed that dynamic forever. 

And in responding to your post, I hope I left you as confused as your post made me?  What are you trying to say?

Ident 7777 economy's picture

"Don't live a dog's life." "Don't think you need to live on the hairy edge." "Curiosity killed the family cat."

Clearer now?

suteibu's picture


"Don't think you need to live on the hairy edge." "Curiosity killed the family cat."

This family has a cat.  She's curious as hell and not dead.

You got one life to live.  What are you saving it for, old age under Obamacare? 

Are you one of those people who think we should give up freedom for the government's idea of security?  I'm just curious about that since I still have no idea why you responded to a comment of mine.


caShOnlY's picture

Buy STAWKS and save yourself!!  "your either with the irradiated, or your with the STAWKS"...GBush

Ident 7777 economy's picture




Hong Kong's SCMP reports that fifty-nine young people in Fukushima prefecture have been diagnosed with __or are suspected of___ having thyroid cancer. "


The 'report' sounds less than definitive ... 





LetThemEatRand's picture

Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!  Tell him what he's won, Don Pardo.

He's won a lifetime supply of Fukushima Rice A Roni, and an all expense paid vacation to the corporate propaganda island motel!!!!!  

Jack Burton's picture

Ha! Ha! If I hadn't know it was you Rand, I would have taken the first part of your post as serious! Knowing the science literacy of many Americans. Oddly enough I had a pre christams dinner session here with the kid's friends last night, one of whom is finishing up his advanced degree in nuclear physics. I asked about Fukushima, and as he is not yet working for a nuclear involved firm, he was willing to talk about Fukushima. Though he sounded uncomfortable when I asked HOW the three meltdown cores would or could be dealt with. He danced around the subject quickly and changed the subject. I take it then  that he hopes for a job in nuclear power design and is fearful that Fukushima might hurt his future career. This tells me that anyone in the nuclear field is going to be evasive and elusive. They can't be trusted as far as I am concerned. Who writes your paycheck seems to be tho makes your opinions. I told the budding nuclear physist that I thought that the cores were beyond control. He did not counter argue it when I said that. This makes me think I am at least partly right when I say the cores are still critical and there is no safe way yet to make contact with the material, remove it and find a save storage place for it. How do you dig down, grasp melted nuclear fuel and dispose of it. My guess is that it will sit in the ground and simmer, spewing radioactive water for a century or more. Nobody has given me any reason to believe otherwise. The government and industry liars are working hard to shut down news of Fukushima.

And, Rand, I am with you. the solar cycle is causing this cancer, only liberals are too stupid to know that. Al Gore is behind the lies coming out of the meida who seek to destroy nuclear industry with scare stories. Just like Canadaclaiming the north pole, according to FOX there is no global warming. So Canada claimed the North Pole because they like ice and snow, not the oil underneath the sea bed. Russia, USA, Norway, Canada, Denmark are in open conflict over who owns the arctic seabed. They are arguing over ice and snow, not the soon to be open sea with access to the sea bed for drilling.

Merry Christmas Rand, always enjoy you posts, even when when don't always see eye to eye.

Duc888's picture

Move along folks, nothing to see here.


Stay tuned over in Cali though.  Headed your way.


If you like your radiation you can keep your radiation.


Hope and change bitchez.

disabledvet's picture

all the gold in the world won't turn that off either. And of course when it's time to work together...

caShOnlY's picture

all the gold in the world won't turn that off either

Thats why we buy STAWKS!!  STAWKS!! Maestro says

Pairadimes's picture

I think TEPCO is Japanese for Umbrella Corporation.

are we there yet's picture

That would explain the Tepco Zombie executives eating newsmedia brains.

savedbyfreethought's picture

They all should have been advised to have their thyroid gland removed immediately after the accident as a precaution, taking T3 T4 for the rest of your life is relatively a small price to pay, surely the government knew that but who gives a fuck about young people having cancer ...

i-dog's picture

"saved by free thought" .... ?? ... I think not!

savedbyfreethought's picture

Neither do I, this process is meant to be endless.

Rukeysers Ghost's picture

59 kids with devistating cancer out of 239K checked ain't bad. That is only .02% of the sample tested.

Keep up the great work TEPCO. You really got a handle on this problem.

Jim in MN's picture

The iodine and xenon releases are similar to the TOTAL from the Nevada Test Site program start to finish.  That, it was concluded decades later (recently), probably led to over 12,000 US fatalities.

Tip of the iceberg?   More like the first ripples of an emerging volcano.

divide_by_zero's picture

Not likely that the numbers are similar as they've not fessed up to any real numbers for Fuku, just from a pure inventory tonnage number Fuku far exceeds especially over a short term and eventually long term. To get to the bottom of the 12,000 number truthiness find out who did the study and most importantly who paid for the study. We do know that after US and ROW nuke tests started in earnest in the 50s there was a virtual epidemic of cancer started in the US about 20 years later.

Checkout Ernest Sternglass "Secret Fallout" as he investigated AEC data colllection during the tests over the US, we were/are guinea pigs. This book is now downloadable

Here in San Diego going by my GSM500 background radiation has doubled from low 20s to mid 40s CPM on a 10 minute average. There were days that first year 1200 to over 3000 cpm GTFO range for sure

bobert's picture

Imagine a nuclear free world.

Ident 7777 economy's picture



What are you made of - Play Dough?


Long-chained polymers of undetermined origin or composition?


Something else able to be shaped, derived from an amorphous, colorless mass into a human form and shape?


Are we not all but electron, Neutron and Proton comprised?


scraping_by's picture

How about, a world without a large piles of radioactive materials gathered and concentrated in structures by nature to fragile to hold them?