Reuters, Nov. 7, 2013 — Taro Yamamoto, Upper House lawmaker: The fact that I myself handed over a letter to the Emperor is just because I wanted him to know my personal feelings about the current situation on the ground. In eastern Japan there are children coming down with many health problems and there are people who are working in radioactive conditions who are just being ignored – this is the reality. I just wanted to convey that to him.
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CNN, Nov. 7, 2013 (at 2:30 in): Before the triple meltdown, health authorities estimated 1 or 2 in a million children would be diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The government has screened 216,000 Fukushima children, so far 44 have been diagnosed or suspected of having thyroid cancer. But the government has kept the details secret. It normally takes more than 5 years for thyroid cancer symptoms to show after exposure. Its only been 3 since the disaster. Still, some experts say the unexpected high rate may simply be that doctors are looking. But many parents of Fukushima blame the nuclear accident.
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