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NRA to draw up uniform health check guidelines for Fukushima residents (Mainichi)

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) is set to create uniform guidelines on the health management system for Fukushima Prefecture residents following the nuclear disaster there, an NRA commissioner has revealed.

The move is aimed at eliminating disparities among local governments over thyroid examinations and other checks for the effects of radiation exposure, and at dispelling residents’ anxieties, NRA Commissioner Kayoko Nakamura said during an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun on Nov. 29.

The first meeting of a resident health control review team — comprising medical experts from Fukushima Medical University and other institutions — was scheduled for Nov. 30. The team is set to draw up measures by the end of the year.

“While all residents are taken care of (with regards to radiation exposure control) in some towns, that is not the case in other towns. Such disparities shouldn’t exist,” Nakamura said.

“By presenting uniform guidelines, we’ll try to dispel a sense of unfairness among Fukushima Prefecture residents,” she said.

According to the NRA secretariat, the testing methods, frequency and the way the thyroid and other test results are conveyed to residents are different among the Fukushima Prefectural Government and each municipality. NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka had earlier stated that those methods should be unified at the central government’s initiative.

Nakamura, former project team supervisor at the Japan Radioisotope Association, said the planned guidelines will not elaborate on specific individual test items or methods, but will inform municipalities of basic ideas behind the testing.

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