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  •  Doctors in the region (4+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean, mrkvica, tofumagoo, Jim P

    (including Tokyo) are not being allowed to test or treat anyone for ailments that are strongly correlated with radiation exposure. Hospitals have even posted prominent signs outside their facilities stating this so prospective patients won't waste their time trying.

    This restriction was put into place after the incidence of nodules/cysts found in the government's testing had risen to >40%. This also helps to explain why the 'other' 75% of Fukushima children have not been tested 18 months later, and why the government would consider the individual results "secret" enough to deny parents the right to their children's testing results.

    Nice example, statement on the matter from a nurse at the hospital, as translated from EX-SKF...

    We are instructed to say we don’t do the tests for radiation exposure. All we can say is that people consult the local public health center. Tests for radiation exposure cannot be done without appointment. There’s also an issue with the national government when it comes to radiation exposure…
    I presume (with some good reason) that there is a very good reason the UN's Special Rapporteur asserted immediately upon return from northern Japan that much more needs to be done, and the scope to be immediately expanded to almost all of northern Honshu. Including Tokyo. There are whole swaths of territory OUTSIDE of Fukushima prefecture where contamination levels are up to twice the level for permanent relocation at Chernobyl. The Japanese government has no plans to monitor any of those populations for radiation-related health effects.

    ...and nobody has any plans whatsoever to compensate any of the people who end up sick or dead. It always boils down to money in the end.

    •  Yep, so if you get thyroid cancer you just have (2+ / 0-)
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      Joieau, mrkvica

      to let it go untreated and die from it (or leave the country for treatment).

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 12:17:58 PM PST

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      •  One would certainly hope not, (2+ / 0-)
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        Throw The Bums Out, mrkvica

        but that's what the shake-out here looks like, doesn't it?

        The real truth they refuse to acknowledge is that northern Honshu is contaminated enough to justify permanent relocation for all citizens - starting with citizens with small children. Close it off as an international monument to human hubris. But the contaminated area is nearly a third of the entire nation of Japan.

        Much easier - and fully within cultural 'norms' for that particular culture - to simply urge citizens to "smile more" so that radioactive isotopes concentrating in their food, water and bodies will be rendered forever harmless.

        Meanwhile, those with the means to leave have already left. You can't die of thyroid (or any other) cancer if nobody notices, records, or treats you for it. Just normal attrition - cause 'unknown' - amongst the affected population.

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