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Suboptimal radiation protection for municipal employees operating in the Fukushima designated zone
  1. Tomoko Yokogawa1,
  2. Ken Takahashi2,
  3. Tomohisa Nagata1,
  4. Koji Mori1,
  5. Seichi Horie3
  1. 1Occupational Health Training Center, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Japan
  2. 2Department of Environmental Epidemiology, Institute of Industrial Ecological Sciences, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Japan
  3. 3Department of Health Policy and Management, Institute of Industrial Ecological Sciences, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Professor Ken Takahashi, Department of Environmental Epidemiology, Institute of Industrial Ecological Sciences, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Iseigaoka 1-1, Yahatanishiku, Kitakyushu City 807-8555, Japan; ktaka{at}med.uoeh-u.ac.jp

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At Fukushima, many public sector workers have experienced occupational exposure to radiation. The area around the stricken nuclear power plant comprises an emergency evacuation preparation zone (radius 30 km) with an inner no-entry zone (radius 20 km) and a planned evacuation zone (‘designated zone’ hereinafter).1 The designated zone comes under the purview of the local governments of one prefecture, four cities, six towns and three villages, with a combined workforce of about 34 000 employees2 3 (figure 1). These workers perform various functions in the designated zone, such as overseeing evacuation and temporary return of residents, accompanying searches for bodies, and surveying debris. Also working in the designated zone are employees of various ministries and emergency agencies, including defence, fire and police, and their local departments. Administrative measures to protect public servants from …

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