The Japanese response to Fukushima was the real disaster…

Bryan Walsh at TIME with some science to counter the anniversary hysteria:

(…)Researchers speaking at a conference for the Health Physics Society said that the health threat to Japanese from radiation exposure looks to be extremely low. Even the brave workers who stayed behind at the plant had radiation exposure that was more than 10 times lower than that levels received by the half-million people who helped entomb the Chernobyl reaction more than two decades ago. They estimated that the risk of getting cancer for those exposed would increase 0.002%, and the risk of dying from cancer would rise by 0.001%. “I received more radiation on my transcontinental flights from Tokyo to Washington than I did at the reactor site,” said John Boice, a professor at Vanderbilt University and the incoming president of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.

Obviously there’s uncertainty to those estimates, in part because it’s hard for researchers to know exactly how much radiation workers and other near the plant may have received. But it’s almost certain that it will be impossible to distinguish cancer cases that may be connected to Fukushima to the background rate of cancer, which eventually hits 41 out of every 100 people. Indeed, the greater risk may be to the psychological health of residents around Fukushima, who risk being seen as outcasts—just as the hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bombings in Japan, faced years of discrimination from the rest of Japanese society.

What the Rebuild Japan report and other investigations show is that the Japanese response to Fukushima was the real disaster.

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