Nosebleeds: Japan Environment Minister lies to public, ignores science

Nosebleeds have been widely reported in Japan following the Fukushima disaster, including for those who simply visit the most contaminated region. However, on May 9, Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara called the connection of Fukushima radiation to nosebleeds “unfounded rumors”.

He also criticized a manga for its coverage of this issue, including carrying the story of Katsutaka Idogawa, the former mayor of Futaba.

“In a recent episode of popular food manga “Oishinbo,” published in Shogakukan Inc.’s weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine on April 28, the lead character suffered a nosebleed after a visit to the TEPCO plant, which experienced triple meltdowns after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.” Japan Times, May 10, 2014  

Minister Nobuteru said that “doctors with special knowledge” deny a causal link.

It is strange that Minister Ishihara and his ”doctors with special knowledge” have not read what the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) says about radiation sickness.

On the website of its National Library of Medicine, the NIH lists symptoms of radiation sickness.

What is the first symptom on the list?

Bleeding from the nose


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