Ongoing Health Care For Firefighters Who Battled Fukushima

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency has established a system to provide ongoing health care and health checks for firefighters who battled the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Firefighters from Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawasaki and Osaka battled the meltdowns during the first days of the disaster at the plant. If the agreement is formally adopted they will receive health checks for leukemia and cataracts even into retirement.

The program would start with obtaining body radiation counts and go on to cover early screenings for known health effects. There is also speculation that SDF forces who also assisted with the disaster may be covered by such a plan. Still no word about any similar coverage being provided by the government for the workers that have battled the disaster since March.

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