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Radiation Exposure

We have compiled the materials below on radiation exposure in Japan, particularly that resulting from the activities of the nuclear industry. Research into radiation illness in Japan has been of immense significance. Initially research focused mainly on radiation illnesses caused by the atomic bombing of Japan in World War II, however the adverse health effects of radiation on nuclear workers is gradually gaining recognition too.

See our Data page for links to annual worker radiation exposure figures.

See our JCO Criticality Accident page for detailed information on the worst case of radiation exposure in the history of Japan's nuclear industry.


Nuclear Power Station decommissioning
Schedule-first policy placing excessive burdens on workers, TEPCO has responsibility to protect workers’ health and jobs.
(NIT 163, Nov./Dec 2014)

2014 World Conference against A & H bombs marks the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan (NIT 162, Sep./Oct 2014)

Status quo of exposed workers in Fukushima and Japan’s first unified spring labor offensive for nuclear workers (NIT 160, May/June 2014)

Report of the Iitate Villagers’ Early-stage External Radiation Exposure Assessment Project
(NIT 160, May/June 2014)

State of Agricultural Research on Radioactive Contamination (NIT 159, Mar/Apr 2014)

Radiation Exposure Data for Nuclear Power Plant Workers (Fiscal Year 2012) (NIT 158, Jan./Feb. 2014)

The Severe Contaminated Water Situation at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NIT 156, Sep./Oct. 2013)

Efforts to settle the nuclear accident in Fukushima continue to hit snags(NIT 156, Sep./Oct. 2013)

Decontamination – Sluggish and Ineffective (NIT 154, May/Jun 2013)

An Attempt to Estimate Early-stage Radiation Exposure Dose at the Location of Every Household in Iitate Village, Fukushima (NIT 153, Mar/Apr 2013)

Problems emerge in operations to bring the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident to an end, and in decontamination operations (NIT 153, Mar/Apr 2013)

Radioactive Contamination of Japanese Tea after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (NIT 152, Jan/Feb 2013)

What was clarified by The National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission?
- Focusing on low-level radiation exposure risk -
(NIT 151, Nov/Dec 2012)

Labor Standards Inspection Office in Yokohama recognizes death of Fukushima nuclear worker as eligible for compensation (NIT 148, May/June 2012)

New Standards for Radioactive Cesium in Food (NIT 148, May/June 2012)

My Opinion on Radioactive Disaster Waste (NIT 147, March/April 2012)

The Problem of the Meteorological Research Institute’s Environmental Radiation Research (NIT 147, March/April 2012)

Fukushima: Take measures for worker exposure (NIT 146, Jan./Feb. 2012)

Japan radioactive contamination map (NIT 145, Nov./Dec. 2011)

Fukushima: Radioactive contamination spreading daily Concerns about damage to health due to radiation exposure (NIT 145, Nov./Dec. 2011)

Aiming for Renewed Agriculture in the Chernobyl Disaster Area (NIT 144, Sep./Oct. 2011)

Difficult clean-up operations at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NIT 144, Sep./Oct. 2011)

Lax radiation dose calculations continue at Fukushima Nuclear Power Station (NIT 143, July/Aug. 2011)

25 Years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident : Welcoming to Japan a guest who still lives within the highly polluted region (NIT142, May/June 2011)

Epidemiological Study of Workers at Nuclear Power Generating Facilities: 4th Period FY2005 to FY2009 (NIT 141, March/April 2011)

Ryusuke Umeda's Worker's Compensation Claim Rejected (NIT 139, Nov./Dec. 2010)

Workers' Radiation Exposure Data for FY2009 (NIT 138 Sep./Aug. 2010)

Ryusuke Umeda Lodges Historic Workers' Compensation Claim (NIT 135 March/April 2010)

Workers' Radiation Exposure Data for FY2008 (NIT 132 September/October 2009)

Certification of Sufferers of Atomic Bomb-Related Diseases (NIT 131 July/Aug. 2009)

Worker Radiation Exposure at Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (NIT 131 July/Aug. 2009)

Multiple Myeloma and Malignant Lymphoma on Workers' Compo List (NIT 131 July/Aug. 2009)

Nagao vs. TEPCO: Tokyo High Court Upholds Unjust Verdict (NIT 130 May/June 2009)

Kiyuna and Nagao Worker Exposure Compensation Claims (NIT 127 Nov./Dec. 2008)

Worker Exposure Data for 2007 and the Workers' Compensation Case of the Late Tadashi Kiyuna (NIT 126 Sep./Oct. 2008)

Nagao versus TEPCO: Unjust Verdict (NIT 125, July/Aug. 2008)

Situation of Japanese Nuclear Workers (NIT 121 Nov./Dec. 2007)

Worker Exposure Data for 2006 and the Workers' Compensation Case of the Late Tadashi Kiyuna (NIT 120 Sep./Oct. 2007)

Workers' Radiation Exposure at Japan's Nuclear Facilities: data for April 2005 - March 2006 (NIT 114, Sep./Oct. 2004)

Promoting Food Irradiation Without First Verifying its Safety (NIT 114, Sep./Oct. 2004)

Exposure to Radiation During Regular Operations of Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (NIT 114, Sep./Oct. 2004)

Active Tests at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant includes report on internal exposure to plutonium (NIT 113, July/Aug. 2006)

Project to measure radioactivity released from Rokkasho (NIT March/April 2006)

Chernobyl 20th Anniversary in Japan (NIT March/April 2006)

Management of cosmic ray exposure to aircraft crew (NIT 109 Nov./Dec. 2005)

Workers' radiation exposure at Japan's nuclear power plants: data for the 2004 fiscal year (NIT 108 Sep./Oct. 2005)

Workers' radiation exposure at Japan's nuclear facilities: data for the 2003 fiscal year (NIT 103 Nov./Dec. 2004)

Multiple Myeloma Workers' Compensation Case (NIT99 March/April 2004)

Workers' Radiation Exposure from Replacing Reactor Core Shroud and Recirculation Pump (NIT96 July/Aug. 2003)

Workers' radiation exposure at Japan's nuclear power plants: data for the 2002 fiscal year (NIT 96 July/Aug. 2003)

Interim Storage Facility (NIT95 May/June 2003)

Workers' radiation exposure at Japan's nuclear power plants: data for the 2001 fiscal year (NIT 91 Sep./Oct. 2003)

See also back issues of our bi-monthly publication, Nuke Info Tokyo, for more materials.



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