A United Nations agency investigating the health effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has filed a report that says out of six reactor workers who died since the meltdown, none were the result of radiation exposure. The U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) stated on Wednesday that despite several of Fukushima Daiichi’s employees being contaminated with radiation, there were still no clinically observable effects.
Wolfgange Weiss, Chairman of UNSCEAR, also commented that the agency will continue to evaluate the levels of radiation for the roughly 2 million people who were living in Fukushima prefecture at the time of the March 11th disaster. He said that the committee has already gathered measurement information about the thyroid of more than 1,000 children. The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the vast majority of Japan did not have dangerous levels of radiation, but there were a few areas close to the Fukushima reactor that measured as having radiation levels higher that those determined to cause cancer.
Previously, a Swiss man by the name Thomas Kohler completed a five month journey of walking the entire length of Japan, starting in August in northern Hokkaido, and ending in southern Kagoshima Prefecture. The man had deep connections to Japan, and after losing his job, he made the decision to disprove the wide-spread fears that the entire nation was dangerous and contaminated with radiation.