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The operators of the ruined reactors at Fukushima are under fire for claiming that the recent death of one of their reactor cleanup workers from cancer of the blood had “nothing to do with” his work amidst the radioactive ruins of the plant and that they have “no plans” to investigate it further.

Tepco recently announced the contract worker, in his forties and involved in radiation control work at the plant for a week in early August, died suddenly in the middle of the month from acute leukemia, shortly after finishing work at the plant.

Tepco claims that “according to a doctor’s diagnosis, his work had nothing to do with his cause of death” and states that “we have no plans to undertake any further investigation of his death.”

He was said to be exposed to 0.5 millisieverts of radiation during his work at the plant, 10% of the annual limit.

They say they have no idea what he had been doing before coming to work at the plant, and that they found no sign of the disease when they checked his health prior to sending him to work.

Leukemia normally develops over years rather than days, supporting Tepco’s assertions – although this would instead suggest Tepco sent a cancer sufferer in the terminal stages of the disease to work in a nuclear disaster area.

Japanese doctors have noted a much higher long-term incidence of leukemia amongst plant workers than chance would suggest likely.

Tepco has been criticised both before and during the crisis for using ultra short-term contract workers to undertake maintenance work at the plant, rotating them out of the plant as soon as their radiation exposure reaches legal limits.

Some have claimed this allowed them to maintain much laxer radiation safety standards than would have been the case if they were irradiating their own permanent employees.

Supposedly there have been no deaths directly caused by the events at Fukushima, although a number of indirect deaths (suicides by bankrupted farmers and so on) have been recorded, and the sheer amount of radiation released seems likely to at least cause many life-shortening illnesses.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 31/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Leukemia generally takes a minimum of 3 years to occur after exposure (i.e., the latent period). Higher exposures (i.e., more than 1 - 2 Gy [or 1000 - 2000 mGy]) are expected to cause damage to blood forming organs, but the effects of mutations take some time to occur.

    That being said, death from acute leukemia can come rapidly; even if the exposure occurred years before

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    Comment by Lexi
    11:29 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I basically just said the same thing in another comment. I would have just bumped this one if I had seen it.

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    Comment by Gradius
    06:11 31/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    LIARS!!!

    It can develop in DAYS if the level is higher those the body can sustain.

    Tepco = inverse nuke!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:04 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    No, leukemia cannot develop in days. It is even impossible to destroy the bone marrow by radiation acquired over the whole body instead to the leg bones only. Before the marrow is destroyed, the whole patient would be literally fried under radiation. In the world's medicine it is unknown the case, that somebody dies of leukemia several months after he was radiated even with doses that caused severe radiation sickness. The only known cause of death up to several months after irradiation is radiation sickness only and has nothing in common with leukemia. Leukemia could develop years after irradiation and (as a cancer) this is one of possible distant irradiation adverse results.
    It means, that TEPCO sent the leukemia ill person to work in Fukushima. Frankly speaking - this was considerate, he had not so much to loose as a healthy person. He had to die anyway.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    20:23 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that isn't Arte in the picture is it?

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    18:17 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's lovely how they throw around numbers and radiation figures like it means anything. In the early days of the disaster, the workers waded around extremely radioactive water that seeped into their boots. It's much less 'rocket science' in terms of radioactive prevention for the workers than they would have the public believe.

    The electric company and government basically are conspiring against the public at this point. And yet some ignoramuses eat this stuff up like hotcakes. Just disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    even a broken watch is right twice a day

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:14 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would take far more than your baseless accusations to convince me that a corporation is willing to commit a suicide just to save a few bucks. Do you have any proof?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:51 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Try the Hinkley groundwater contamination.

    "Oh no need to worry, chromium can be found in many multivitamins."

    Except that hexavalent chromium is a known carcinogen, when inhaled.

    And can cause kidney and liver damage when ingested. So not exactly a harmless multivitamin component by any means.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is "human failure" prove enough?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:41 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's 10% of annual limit...

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    07:55 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe a mutated acute leukemia. They neither lie or denied the facts about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 31/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Radiation doesn't work like that. Ionized cells can no longer maintain normal function and die, they don't mutate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    He gained superpowers from the mutation and was killed by the government.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ishithara discovered he was a mega pedobear otaku n killed him off coz he violated ishithara's granddaughter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 13/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    10% annual exposure in 1 week time. You can do the math and see he was exposed to 5 times the daily limit for that whole week.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Maybe a mutated acute leukemia. They neither lie or denied the facts about it.

    Not sure if serious.

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    Comment by Lexi
    11:27 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can get cancer from radiation exposure from any given amount. It's all about probability. If you limit exposure to under the established levels, the chances of the average person developing cancer is a negligible amount higher than normal exposure levels. BUT it can still happen.
    That being said, leukemia isn't going to originate from an irradiated cell, develop, metastisize and kill someone in a couple weeks. Radiation poisoning will kill someone in this manner, but no cancer will.

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    Comment by Uzza
    03:11 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Linear no-threshold model have no scientific studies verifying it's accuracy, it has simply been taken for granted by regulatory agencies that it is correct.
    Real data actually disagrees with it, and support non-linear models like Threshold model and even Radiation hormesis.

    Radiation hormesis actually have a very big point arguing in it's favor, and that is the town Ramsar in the Mazandaran province in Iran.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsar,_Mazandaran

    It has the highest recorded levels of background radiation on earth, with radiation levels in excess of 260 mGy or 46 mSv a year.
    No ill effects have been observed for the residents of Ramsar. On the contrary, there appears to be less health problems there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:44 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also the probability of developing cancer is based on cell death and reproduction and not radiation itself. This is why it always seems so random because it doesn't have any real relation to ANYTHING but EVERYTHING at the same time.

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    Comment by Your Name
    06:21 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    This article does not state that Tepco said it did not take days.

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    Comment by cats2
    07:11 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Once again, they might not be "covering it up" if their track record with the whole incident is looked at.

    The reactors would have melted down if it wasn't for a US lead team of UN engineers inspecting the reactors, telling them they where doing EVERYTHING wrong, and telling them to surrender the handling of it completely or it would melt down with absolute certainty.

    Wouldn't be surprising if they didn't understand radiation either after their incompetence of the reactors became more then apparent..

    Hell, their "solution" was to just dump the radioactive water into the sea at tens of thousands of TONS amounts and beyond..

    Almost all of their reactor handling was pretty god damn "China quality" if you want to be honest..

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wouldn't be surprising if they didn't understand radiation either after their incompetence of the reactors became more then apparent..

    I find it hard to believe that a person who cannot understand disaster would be able to understand the physics of building a fission reactor.
    Perhaps you would enlighten us about who exactly is "them"?

    The reactors would have melted down if it wasn't for a US lead team of UN engineers inspecting the reactors, telling them they where doing EVERYTHING wrong, and telling them to surrender the handling of it completely or it would melt down with absolute certainty.

    No such thing happened.
    And the reactors did meltdown. Meltdown is when the fuel breaches the reactor containment, not when it blows up. Get your facts straight before making baseless claims.

    Hell, their "solution" was to just dump the radioactive water into the sea at tens of thousands of TONS amounts and beyond..

    Yes, I'm sure letting the fuel go critical was a better idea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    shame they didn't, japan could use a lesson in learning why you don't simply throw dirt over your problems, then lie about how bad they really are.

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    Comment by Gaspard de Coligny

    I don't know in what kind of alternate reality you are living (one where USA USA USA!!!! saves the world).

    But the reactors are currently melting down and going into a full china syndrome clusterfark. Even with all the coverups it seems now accepted that at least one of them have seen his primordial goo melting down the bottom concrete layer and heading right to the subterranean water stratus under the plant on its way to the earth core...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:19 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Right. Well, excuse me if I'm not convinced by your baseless allegations. I'm sure somewhere in the master plan, poisoning the entire world is a great idea to someone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:43 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They don't want to pay out to the family. That's all that is. Typical of corporate asshats.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sad about the bankrupted farmers. Why isn't their government helping them?

    Comment by Anonymous

    cause they're likely chinese immigrants or employed chinese immigrants. seriously, most of the farming in japan is not done by japanese. there's not enough money in it for them, so they employ chinks from the mainland.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Tepco has been criticised both before and during the crisis for using ultra short-term contract workers to undertake maintenance work at the plant, rotating them out of the plant as soon as their radiation exposure reaches legal limits.

    Some have claimed this allowed them to maintain much laxer radiation safety standards than would have been the case if they were irradiating their own permanent employees."

    I'd be more concerned about the fact that there are short-term, non-experienced workers working on my NUCLEAR POWER PLANT.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My grand-aunt died suddenly of Leukemia a few months ago. She was healthy one month, and a month later she died. Leukemia can be scary fast.

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    Comment by TC-man
    18:33 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course it has to do with THEM, because the reactor worker did die during his job and because of this dangerous job.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:59 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love that pic - it looks like a recruiting poster:

    "TEPCO wants YOU!!

    Strictly limited-duration contract work available now.

    Help Japan while you make money.

    Foreigners welcome."

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    Comment by alidan
    15:23 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the amount of radiation it would take to give you leukemia would probably poisoned him before the cancer was ever a factor.

    this is most likely lax health screenings being the problem, instead of radiation.

    Comment by Shironeko
    15:20 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obvious troll is obvious.

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    Comment by Roy
    12:28 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ~~~~~~~~~

    He was this sick and no one noticed it.. WTF~~!

    Hey dude U been puking blood for a while..

    Dai Jo Ba~~?

    Nonda Mo Nai~~!

    Cough ~~!

    .. Cough ~~!

    Arigato ~~

    Comment by Black Mage
    07:50 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It seems mostly likely they sent in someone who already had leukemia.
    High radiation exposure would at first cause leukopenia or a drop in white cells along with other symptoms such as anemia,nausea, hair loss etc.
    Leukemia can occur after recovery from acute radiation poisoning.
    Still where are the robots in the clean up?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 05/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ahhh... China with their exploding technology + recycled resource and Japan with their tsunami and nuclear radiation. Next up, Korea's plastic surgery causes people's face to melt!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan is shit.

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    Comment by Koji
    08:29 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Articles like these make me doubt the reading and critical thinking skills of some sankon users.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only articles like this?

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    Comment by Alfredonm
    06:19 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FUCK!, LEUKEMIA???!!!!!!

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    06:28 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    someone omitted an "of" from the first sentence.

    i.e.; The operators of the ruined,...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    so he forgets to use "of" from time to time, its not his fault for being in Japan for so long, stop picking on him!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    TEPCO & Diet are the last people I'd trust, especially when it involves to nuclear power.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A higher incidence shouldn't be unexpected.

    Just because they say that so many millisieverts of radiation per year are "safe", that doesn't mean you should go seeking them out. As little radiation as possible is always going to give you the best chance.

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    Comment by kintama00
    08:45 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    so maby he died for his country and this is how he gets repaid? “nothing to do with" “we have no plans to undertake any further investigation of his death”

    I'd curse u..

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    Comment by Demi-Rebel 72
    09:45 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    First of all, why the hell would Japan need a Nuclear Reactor in the first place if their country is just small island of some kind? It's pretty dumb and now it's in ruins leaking radioactivity and creating mutants that will soon take over the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    @ Demi-Robb 09:45 :

    Those relatively small islands are home to 126,475,664 people.

    They consumed an estimated 858.5 BILLION kilowatt-hours in 2009.

    The are the world's fourth-largest consumer of oil, but only the world's forty-ninth-largest producer of oil.

    They are the world's sixth-largest consumer of natural gas, but only the world's fifty-first-largest producer of natural gas.

    All those refrigerators, heaters, and electric trains don't run on Star Trek Dilithium Crystals.

    That's why they have nuclear electricity generating plants.

    Comment by Black Mage
    08:13 01/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Completely forsaking nuclear power would be an economic disaster and you'd better get used to living like the 1930s power wise.
    The LWR reactors can be replaced by safer designs like molten salt and CANDU which cannot fail in the same manner as Fukkushima did.
    If power is lost to a MSR the salt plug melts and the core material drains into a cooling pan below the reactor core.
    A CANDU can be passively cooled and the fuel elements are at low pressure so it's easier to get water to them.
    Plus in that design the core is not critical in light water.

    Molten salt reactors fueled with Thorium burn their transuranium elements which means the waste is less hot.

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    Comment by Lexi
    11:32 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, nuclear plants are the only reliable, efficient type that are self-sustaining and compact enough to provide to all power needs of a populous island nation, frankly.

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    Comment by Demi-Rebel 72
    11:39 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But couldn't use a different kind of energy source other than nuclear power? Huh.

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    Comment by Lexi
    15:28 31/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like what? You followed up a post saying they don't have their own oil or natural gas. China is microwaving their aborted baby girls for vitality pills, so they can't even import those on the cheap to burn as fuel.





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