Fukushima Prefecture asked university to stop radiation dose tests soon after disaster
June 14, 2012
The Fukushima Prefectural Government asked a research team from Hirosaki University to stop conducting internal radiation exposure tests on prefectural residents after the outbreak of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the grounds that the tests were “stirring uneasiness,” it has been learned.
The university’s research team has questioned the prefecture’s actions.
the team said it was contacted by Fukushima Prefecture’s Local Medical Care Division, which reportedly told them, “It’s all right to measure environmental levels, but testing people stirs uneasiness, so we would like you to stop it.”
“The reason anxiety about radiation has become prolonged is that we have no information from that time (soon after the outbreak of the nuclear disaster),” Tokonami said.
However, as a result of the prefecture’s request, hardly any test data on internal exposure to radioactive iodine-131 during the early stages of the nuclear crisis exists.