Bad News on Thyroid Cancer for Fukushima

It’s always informative to look back to authoritative representations made in the early days of a crisis like Fukushima and see how well they align with reality a couple of years down the line.

Maybe you remember that infamous MIT study that seemed deliberately engineered to mislead about the dangers of radiation.

Therapeutically injected into the PR fallout from the world’s worst nuclear accident (which was not, as yet, identified as such), the MIT study took the rather astonishing position that it might not have been necessary to evacuate people from the region around the crippled reactors! It was very popular and widely quoted at the time; and probably gave some poor folks in northern Japan a short-lived sense of security.

If you were paying attention after then, we came rather quickly to understand that MIT was so dependent on support from the nuclear industry that its research in the area could no longer be trusted.

I haven’t heard much reference to those literally incredible findings in the intervening years, but they are no doubt deeply embedded in every proposal for a new nuclear facility that comes into play.

Much like the truncated and censored records drawn from survivors of the WWII nuclear attacks in Japan that form the basis of conventional wisdom even to this day;  the myth of harmlessness generated by this latest attempt to skew the science in favor of the nuclear industry will have a half-life as long as plutonium.  

But, hang on!

Here comes news that, even using the questionable benchmarks established by the post-WW II  records and the equally questionable records from Chernobyl (where Soviet officials are believed to have deliberately expunged much of the data), it can be estimated that the  incidence of thyroid cancer in Fukushima survivors will be one-in-fifty, or seven times the normal rate.

Now…can I interest you in some Japanese farmland that’s going very cheap these days?

About Sue Prent

Artist/Writer/Activist living in St. Albans, Vermont with my husband since 1983. I was born in Chicago; moved to Montreal in 1969; lived there and in Berlin, W. Germany until we finally settled in St. Albans.

3 thoughts on “Bad News on Thyroid Cancer for Fukushima

  1. many thanks for keeping everyone apprised of the bad & sad news of the continuing & still unfolding saga of Fukushima, sorry so late responding. I vowed never to give up but have fallen down many times. A disaster of epic proportions that many have only “heard of” & undoubtedly some may have not.

    A complete outrage that in the Fukushima area as well as other areas Japanese officials number one priority has always seemed to be protecting the nuclear industry & saving face — to hell with the residents, many of whom have lost everything & live in condo-style efficiencies in the contaminated areas. And yes there have been deaths, however they are always attributed to natural causes or common illnesses such as “heart attacks”.

    To turn a blind eye & deaf ear to the children – the future of the nation is particularly galling & obviously heartbreaking.

    From 2012:

    The executive branch and multiple federal agencies, agencies tasked with keeping the American public safe, did their best to hide and to cover-up information about a deadly radioactive plume and ensuing fallout that was headed for the West Coast of the United States from Japan,” says Tony Muga. (…)

    He goes on to state “The evidence obtained in the FOIA request indicates that right from the start, the NRC had a clear idea of the significance of the disaster that was unfolding, but concealed the truth from the American public. The results of the plume and fallout can be measured in the rise of infant mortality rates: cells of unborn and newborn children are dividing at a much higher rate than those of a mature adult, thus the amount of damage is greatly increased and hence more detectable. Conservative estimates place the number of stillborn following the Fukushima accident at over 18,000

    Learn more:


    Thousands of Japanese children from Fukushima and the nearby areas have been diagnosed with cysts and nodules on their thyroid glands. So far, 41.1 percent of 57,000 tested have shown these early warnings of potential thyroid cancer.

    Even worse, four out of five Fukushima evacuees have been observed with developing thyroid abnormalities. It’s not just iodide isotopes with their relatively short radioactive half-lives that can penetrate thyroid glands, cesium-37 isotopes with longer half-lives can too. Here’s the shocking truth about radioactive half-life. (

    However, the official medical line from the head of this research is that maybe they’ve eaten too much seafood or taken too much iodine. It’s also an official decree that the testing be stopped before it begins in other areas of Japan.

    Even in Tokyo, doctors are reporting dramatically increased incidents of incurable diarrhea, non-stop nose bleeds, and flu-like symptoms. Some parents are becoming activists in Japan to get at the truth and get their children treated properly …

    Learn more:


    Deeply concerned about rising thyroid cancer rates in Japanese children, these leaders believe that it’s time to evacuate the city of Koriyama.

    When the two spoke to Japanese government officials, their concerns were downplayed.

    The Japanese government remains reluctant to evacuate the city, not wanting to scare citizens, but Professor Tsuda has begun urging residents to evacuate Koriyama anyway.

    The epidemiology professor reports, “An incident rate of thyroid cancer on children in Fukushima are from several times to dozens times higher than usual. This is a rash of disease. There is a possibility [it will] increase more in [the] future …

    As radioactive substances accumulate in the tissues and glands of the young children, the government in Japan continues to remain quiet. Japanese officials are now saying that the recent cases of thyroid cancer couldn’t have come from the disaster at the Daiichi power plant in March 2011, stating that thyroid cancer from radiation takes several years to develop.

    Uh huh.

    Not just Japan — West Coast got plenty:

    California Slammed With Fukushima Radiation

    Posted on March 30, 2012 by WashingtonsBlog

    Plume-gate: Secret Documents Prove Global Cover-Up of Continued Fukushima Radiation Pollution

    Sunday 13 May 2012

    According to information gathered from hundreds of pages worth of private NRC emails, conference calls and secret meetings, key players in the Fukushima whitewashing campaign, including the NRC’s David McIntyre and Elliot Brenner, were hard at work in the days following the disaster distracting public attention away from it. By pretending that a radioactive plume did not exist while simultaneously sending out misinformation to the media, these two, in conjunction with White House officials, actively participated in a criminal cover-up of the truth


    Secret documents:

    Fukushima’s Radioactive Plume Could Reach U.S. Waters By 2014

    Posted: 09/01/2013 6:06 pm EDT


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