The sequel of a story

It has been a month and a half since I had the measurement by a whole body counter and finally, the results came back from Fukushima city. Fortunately, ‘No Cesium was detected’. (See the picture below.) Even though I knew it would be fine, deep down I was worried. So finding out the results made me feel relieved.

Here is the report Shikiko received from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), showing whole body count (WBC) results, with a graph to put any exposure in the context of other activities, such as flying in an airplane from Tokyo to New York. In her case, radioactive cesium was below the level of detection. Areas whited out at the top are personal information such as home address, age, etc.

According to the attached report, there are two things you have to be careful of in everyday life. First, you don’t want to keep eating foods with above the standard levels of radioactive substances. Secondly, you have to prevent yourself from long-term exposure to contaminated soil.
For inquiry, the letter says to contact not the municipal governments but the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). I also received a Q&A pamphlet about the examination of internal exposure published by JAEA.

This whole body counting test was provided for free to people under 40. From the end of July, people born before 1973 can apply.
My parents, not having completed the questionnaire for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, now decided to take the examination on August 1.