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Fukushima Pref. starts thyroid exams for children via The Mainichi Daily News

FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) — The prefectural government of Fukushima on Sunday started ultrasonic thyroid examinations for children aged up to 18 when the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant began in March.

In a move almost without precedent in the world, around 360,000 children in the prefecture will be examined at the Fukushima Medical University.

Parents in Fukushima have shown concern over the issue as many children suffered thyroid cancer after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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