Date: 6/18/2011 JST
by: Yuri Oiwa, Yasufumi Kado and Yoshinori Hayashi
Residents have their radiation exposure checked in Tamura,
Fukushima Prefecture, on May 22 after temporarily returning to their homes. (The Asahi Shimbun)
|FUKUSHIMA--The Fukushima prefectural government plans to monitor health effects from radiation leaking from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in a program that could follow some residents for up to 30 years.|
The study will be an unprecedented one in terms of length and number of people covered. But because it will be impossible to conduct thorough health checks on all 2 million residents of Fukushima, a two-step plan is being considered.
A preliminary study will begin in early July on a small sample of residents from areas that have had high radiation levels in the air.
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