Fukushima Kids Suffer Thyroid Cancer Up To 50x Normal Rate, New Study Finds

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Children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, according to a new study. As AP reports, most of the 370,000 children in Fukushima prefecture have been given ultrasound checkups since the meltdown and thyroid cancer is suspected or confirmed in 137 of those children. "This is more than expected and emerging faster than expected," according to the lead author of the study, and raises doubts about the government's less fearful view.


Right after the disaster, the lead doctor brought in to Fukushima, Shunichi Yamashita, repeatedly ruled out the possibility of radiation-induced illnesses. The thyroid checks were being ordered just to play it safe, according to the government. But, as AP reports, a new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring...

Most of the 370,000 children in Fukushima prefecture (state) have been given ultrasound checkups since the March 2011 meltdowns at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The most recent statistics, released in August, show that thyroid cancer is suspected or confirmed in 137 of those children, a number that rose by 25 from a year earlier. Elsewhere, the disease occurs in only about one or two of every million children per year by some estimates.


"This is more than expected and emerging faster than expected," lead author Toshihide Tsuda told The Associated Press during a visit to Tokyo. "This is 20 times to 50 times what would be normally expected."




But Tsuda, a professor at Okayama University, said the latest results from the ultrasound checkups, which continue to be conducted, raise doubts about the government's view.


Thyroid cancer among children is one sickness the medical world has definitively linked to radiation after the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. If treated, it is rarely fatal, and early detection is a plus, but patients are on medication for the rest of their lives.

Scientists are divided on Tsuda's conclusions. Conclusions about any connection between Fukushima radiation and cancer will help determine compensation and other policies. Many people who live in areas deemed safe by the government have fled fearing sickness, especially for their children.

An area extending about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the nuclear plant has been declared an exclusion zone. The borders are constantly being remapped as cleanup of radiated debris and soil continues in an effort to bring as many people back as possible. Decommissioning the plant is expected to take decades.


Noriko Matsumoto, 53, who used to work as a nurse in Koriyama, Fukushima, outside the no-go zone, fled to Tokyo with her then-11-year-old daughter a few months after the disaster. She had initially shrugged off the fears but got worried when her daughter started getting nosebleeds and rashes.


"My daughter has the right to live free of radiation," she said. "We can never be sure about blaming radiation. But I personally feel radiation is behind sicknesses."

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So once again, despite all the promises from officials that everything is under control, the fact is that Fukushima has devastated a generation and continues to leak radioactive material into the groundwater (and ocean).

Still... at least The 2020 Olympians won;t be swimming in shit like in Brazil next year.

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JustObserving's picture

How about the kids on the West Coast of the US? How about the kids in Hawaii?

MsCreant's picture

Well if there is no water in California to grow veggies, maybe the rest of the kids in the US can be spared, so we got that going for us...

TeamDepends's picture

Not to worry the thyroid gland, like the pineal gland, is completely optional.

Son of Loki's picture

So we're all safe now, right?  After all, the PM of Japan did tell all of us, "It's just a tiny leak."

RafterManFMJ's picture

I'd recommend finding out what "normal" cancer rates are NOW, before that data mysteriously changes, or disappears.

steveo77's picture

In 1900 it was 6%

Prior to Fukushuma it was 50% women 66% men.

it started skyrocketing in 1945, imagine that



Wile-E-Coyote's picture

So how are they going to hide birth defects? Throw the babies in a pit like the Spartans used to do, they will need to dig a lot of holes.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Nah - they'll have guys like Denninger scream in your face that you are ALL LYING (and then swing the ban hammer indiscriminately). 

Nenad's picture

Obama will not finish his second term! Current Events Linked to Ancient Biblical Prophecy!


old naughty's picture

wheatgrass can help thyroid (sorry no remedy for pineal)...

grown all over US, Canada, and Northern China.

CC Lemon's picture

Which is nice, I think...

remain calm's picture

Really sad, They already inherited small dicks for life and now they have to live with cancer too. 

Never One Roach's picture

All part of the NWO -- increased cancer rates, moar birth defects and much much lower IQs.

sgorem's picture

"government's less fearful view."..............kinda sums it up in a nut shell..............wtf...is it time to start singing 'Waltzing Matilda' yet?

Creeps's picture

Sang that as kid, had no clue what it meant.  I looked it up, so thanks.

Jim in MN's picture

You already know the answer....just by asking the question.


Fukushima is multiples of Chernobyl.  More comparable to the above-ground testing in Nevada than to anything else.  Tens of thousands of deaths being the most likely scenario.

U.S. coastal Pacific will end up with several times previous background radiation levels.  The current background includes nuclear testing etc.  No one knows how that will translate into dose-response relationships, but the only qualified professional groups hold the view that there is no safe level of incremental radiation exposure.  And of course no one will study or measure concentration mechanisms that can deliver higher doses in certain places, either 'hotspots' via drift/current or via the food chain.  Cesium can bioaccumulate without natural limit. 

But hey, at least we still have running water, potato chips and beer.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

I think you will find there is plenty of data on the effects of radiation at these levels, except the Japanese government chooses to ignore it. Being such a closed society they will initially be able to hide the evidence, I'm waiting to see them introduce a sterilisation program, it will be blunt "You are contaminated so you can not be allowed to breed".

They are truly fucked, plutonium was found in AC filters in Tokyo FFS.

MsCreant's picture

There is nowhere safe anymore I fear. I hate these cowards that will not tell the truth about what is going on. 

JustObserving's picture

Fallujah, Iraq cancer rates are worse than Hiroshima due to Depleted Uranium. Leukemia rates are 38 times higher than normal

2400 tons of DU dropped on Iraq

A Lunatic's picture

Stop checking thyroids. Problem solved......  

-Hillary What Difference Does it Make Clinton-

loveyajimbo's picture

Better start taking your Lugol's iodine... no shit.  Maybe some baking soda too... every day... especially if you live near the W. coast.

Never One Roach's picture
West Coast of North America to be Slammed by 2016 with 80% As Much Fukushima Radiation As Japan

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NoWayJose's picture

Knowing Japan, they will blame American beef or apples...

clade7's picture

"Fukushima Kid'?  is that like a glow in the dark Flintstone Kid..?


Kids suck anyway...they are like potholes, annoying when they are small, but when they get big, they wreck your car!

booboo's picture

"We're from the government and we're here to help"

Look people, a government does not give a shit about you, move on, you are trapped in a abusive relationship, I know it is difficult, he makes all the money, can take your car keys and credit card away at any moment and leave you stranded with the kids, likes to start violent fights with the neighbors, always blames others for his mistakes, will not take any responsibility for the people he harms, lies about where he has been, listens to your voicemail and reads your text to see what you have been doing. You have to be the one to leave, do it, slip out one day when he ain't looking and don't go back.

MsCreant's picture

Leave his ass. Go Galt.

Son of Loki's picture

"Greater then expected."


Don't worry; all these cancer numbers will be revised upward with time. Whatever the gubmint tells you, it's much worse.

PrimalScream's picture

why would kids be allowed to live anywhere near Fukushima?

I really dont get it.

cougar_w's picture

Leaving people in their homes and exposed is part of the "please do not worry" meme currently in operation all over that shit. Buys a little time, maybe the government and energy company fuckers who screwed up will get away and keep their pensions in the bargain. Enough people quietly die and the problem solves itself.

newbie vampire's picture

"why would kids be allowed to live anywhere near Fukushima?"

If your home is located there, where else can you go ?

If PM Abe is genuinely interested in the welfare of his people, he should be investing money in building new homes for the people in Fukushima.  It will create more jobs and homes for the people who need them.

Instead, he is more keen on sabre rattling and re-arming his "self-defence" forces to confront the Chicoms.

A typical politician.

tarabel's picture



Flooding the thyroid with potassium iodide prevents radioactive iodine from collecting there and causing thyroid cancer. This has been known in civil defense circles for decades.

But you need to have some KI on hand so you can start taking it immediately. Waiting for the government, any government, to admit there is a problem and start passing out the stockpiles they all possess means that distribution is not going to help you any. By that time, the radioactive iodine has flooded the thyroid. Which substance fills it up first wins, and the latecomer gets washed out of the body.



Uranium Mountain's picture

Perhaps we should be investing in Pork, Beef and Chicken producers?  Those will be the needed protein sources of the future with the Pacific Sea Life dying...  http://enenews.com/?s=sea+life+die+off

IronForge's picture

Not enough Iodine Tablets. 

Pisses me off. 

Kyddyl's picture

Radiation along the west coast? This map is updated every one mimute. I can tell you the readings for Utah are accurate. That station isn't me, but I have a counter on all the time, and the story is always the same. They must be pretty near by as our counts are always very close. We always count higher than the west coast, but we're also higher in elevation (minor reason for higher counts). And yes some radiation is still hanging around from when our government used its own citizens for guinea pigs for the bomb testing. I'm 72 and it's easy to be spooked by radiation but it takes some genuine effort to understand it. It's a reasonably complicated subject. That said, I'd love to have the west coast values! So would the Denver area. And no, I'm not pro nuke in any way, shape or form. Considering what Fukushima has laying around I'd happly go lick a rusty Humvee clean as live there. PS. 100 CPM should still be the "safe" limit, no thanks to this administration.

Radiation Net:  http://www.radiationnetwork.com/ 

tarabel's picture



Much of the Intermountain West has relatively high background counts from radon seepage out of the ground-- and not due to old testing. Most new houses around here (Colorado Springs) are fitted with what are essentially vacuum cleaners to suck air out of the basements and vent it up onto the roof in order to keep interior radon levels low.

But I agree with you that there are so many monitoring devices in private hands nowadays that it would be impossible to hide any really elevated levels, as opposed to Chicken Little levels.


Interesting tracking network, by the way, for those who are truly interested.


redd_green's picture

That's different, TB, you're talking about radon gas.  The radiation is so low you can't measure it.   And radon is in most places in the USA.  Its all over the East Coast as well.

OzFan's picture

3 nuclear reactors meltdown, spewing unfathomable amounts of radiation into the environment and the govt shill doctors question the cause of substantial increases thyroid cancer cases.......jesus christ, when will the lies and coverups ever end.

JLM's picture

They cut the thyroids out of 1000s of children unessessarily after the Chernobyl disater without cause because they panicked. You don't grow a radiation induced tumor that quickly.  Last I checked it takes many years.  An anomaly on a ultrasound is not proof of anything and quite common.

tarabel's picture



Looking at that top picture, I have to wonder why they are getting medical treatment from what appears to be a reptilian Klansman.

onmail1's picture

Since the WW3 is looming 

prepare to keep a lot of KI in your basement

Why so many Americans have cancer?

Mabbe there is too much radiation in America which the govt. is hiding under safe limits. At the same time making the pharma & biotech industries make moolah , btw pharma & biotech paid millions to HomObamma as election fund (or bribe).


newbie vampire's picture

Its only a little leak.   Nothing to worry about.  

For your own safety, please do not go to the beach, do not go swimming and do not eat seafood caught in the Pacific.

redd_green's picture

In other words, if you don't eat, drink, breathe, you'll be just fine.   As long as the stuff didn't land on your skin.

no1ninja's picture

If this is anything like the assement in Charnobyl, than none of these cancers can be attributed to Fukushima because we can't prove with 100% certanity that is where it came from.


(It's like you have to throw out your understanding of statistics and math to buy this line, but nuclear scientists for some reason do.) 

redd_green's picture

OK, ok, but thin of all the safe, clean, effective nuclear power they got in return!  Its a win-lose!

Wow72's picture

I personally believe this was a disaster, people should be careful. 2012 article.  http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/05/absolutely-every-one-of-the-15-bl...

15 out of 15 Blue-fin Tuna Test positive.  If people think there is no "effect"?  I believe thats why there have been so many shark attacks, the sharks are getting hungry.  They would never go for such big targets unless they cant find smaller targets easier.   If the big fish have it? What about the little fish and plankton? All the starfish melted from a "sea star wasting syndrome", great imagination, instead of saying they are literally "Melting".  What a coincidence these things started melting?   I believe our  world governments are a joke and would never tell us.  Dont EVER trust them.  There are lots of warning indicators right now, including mass die-offs all over the place, something is not right on the planet. 


There really is no proof that fukushima had an effect, other than everything either getting really sick or dying.  Just because we cant prove something, doesnt mean its not happening.

List of mass die-offs:     http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/animal-deaths-birds-fish-end-times.html    Nothing to see there except a healthy planet?

Usually the reason to have a government is to be on top of this kind of stuff, otherwise WTF good are they?

TuPhat's picture

Quit your belly aching ZHers.  The US will solve all of this soon enough.  Nuclear war with Russia and China will leave Japan looking good.

Lorca's Novena's picture

Agenda 21 on 'roids'... when does a tsunami hit DC?

yellowsub's picture

Faster than expected, what the hell did they think would happen given the strong concentration of radiation still leaking!