News & AnalysisNewsmaker Interview: Seiji Yasumura

Fukushima Begins 30-Year Odyssey in Radiation Health

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Science  05 Aug 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6043, pp. 684-685
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6043.684

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Japanese researchers are about to launch one of the most ambitious epidemiological studies ever attempted on the effects of low-dose radiation. On 25 July, Japan's legislature approved a supplementary budget to support recovery from the 11 March disaster that includes $1.2 billion for health care and long-term studies of people exposed to radiation from the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The target population includes all of Fukushima Prefecture's 2-million-plus residents. Science interviewed gerontologist Seiji Yasumura of Fukushima Medical University, who will be managing the research, about the research plan.