Japan’s nuclear-related deaths rise by 18%

2015-03-10 15:38
Reporters inspect an observation well which is dug to take underground water samples near Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant Unit 1 of Tepco, in Okuma. (File, AP)

Reporters inspect an observation well which is dug to take underground water samples near Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant Unit 1 of Tepco, in Okuma. (File, AP)

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Tokyo - A total of 1 232 deaths in Japan's Fukushima prefecture over the past year were linked to the nuclear accident four years ago, up 18% from a year earlier, a news report said on Tuesday.

A death is considered nuclear-related if is not directly resulting from a nuclear accident but is due from an illness caused by prolonged exposure.

Namie town, close to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, had the largest number of deaths at 359, followed by 291 in Tomioka town, which is also near the complex, the Tokyo Shimbun reported.

About 120 000 people are still unable to return home due to radioactive contamination following the disaster at the Fukushima plant in March 2011.

The plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co suffered a triple meltdown caused by the 11 March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that left about 18 500 dead.

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