Meltdown-Caused Thyroid Cancer Taken as Work-Related Disease


Tokyo, Dec. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japan's labor ministry said Wednesday that it has recognized as a work-related disease thyroid cancer of a male worker who was exposed to radiation after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. <9501> in March 2011.

Following the decision by a labor ministry panel of experts, the labor standard inspection office of Hitachi in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, reached the conclusion on Monday.

The man in his 50s became the sixth person to whom workers' accident compensation insurance payment was granted due to cancer caused by the nuclear accident at the plant crippled by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the second due to thyroid cancer.

According to the ministry, the man, an employee of a TEPCO-related company, was taking part in post-accident emergency work at the Fukushima plant including a power recovery operation after working at several nuclear plants for some 11 years since November 1993.

Of his cumulative radiation dose of about 108 millisieverts, he received 100 millisieverts after the meltdown.

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