JAPAN | Radiation checkups start in Fukushima

Posted on June 27, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | Monday, June 27, 2011 14:14 +0900 (JST)

Health checkups have started for people likely to have been exposed to relatively high levels of radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Ten people were given checkups on Monday at a specialist facility near Tokyo. The authorities plan to test more than 2 million residents of Fukushima Prefecture.

The initial checkups will focus on about 28,000 residents of 3 municipalities near the plant — Iitate Village, and the towns of Kawamata and Namie. Relatively high levels of radioactive contamination have been measured in these areas.

They will be asked to give details of their daily lives since the March 11th accident at the nuclear plant to estimate their external exposure.

More than 2,900 people will also be examined with a whole body counter to measure their internal exposure to radioactive contamination from the nuclear plant.

Full-scale health-checkups for all the residents of the prefecture will start in August.

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