When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Already a subscriber? Log in .

You've reached your limit of one free article.

Get unlimited access to Worldcrunch

You can cancel anytime .


Exclusive International news coverage

Ad-free experience NEW

Weekly digital Magazine NEW

9 daily & weekly Newsletters

Access to Worldcrunch archives

Free trial

30-days free access, then $2.90
per month.

Annual Access BEST VALUE

$19.90 per year, save $14.90 compared to monthly billing.save $14.90.

Subscribe to Worldcrunch

Japan Refutes World Health Organization's Fukushima Cancer Findings



TOKYO – The Japanese government on Friday refuted a World Health Organization report that found a higher cancer risk for people living in areas contaminated by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, reports Kyodo news.

The UN health agency’s report, which was published on Thursday, said that there was a 70% increased thyroid cancer risk, a 6% increased breast cancer risk and a 4% increased cancer risk for females exposed as infants, as well as a 7% increased leukemia risk for males exposed as infants.

“This is the first-ever analysis of the global health effects due to radiation exposure after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident,” said the report.

[rebelmouse-image 27086357 alt="""" original_size="502x570" expand=1]

Towns evacuated near the nuclear facilities (wikipedia)

Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director for Public Health and Environment, added that the report focused on "the need for long-term health monitoring of those who are at high risk, along with the provision of necessary medical follow-up and support services.”

But Japan's Environment Ministry said the report “overestimates the risks, and could lead to misunderstandings of the likelihoods of developing cancer,” and that id did not reflect "reality," according to the AFP.

Environmental organization Greenpeace, also criticized the 166-page report, saying it underestimated the risks to the population.

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

This Happened — October 3: O.J. Simpson Acquitted

O.J. Simpson's acquittal in the murder trial of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman on this day in 1995 was a highly publicized and controversial event in American legal history.

Get This Happened straight to your inbox ✉️ each day! Sign up here.

Keep reading...Show less

The latest