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UN envoy: Japan should do more for nuke victims

Updated at: 11/26/2012 3:05 AM
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(AP) TOKYO - A United Nations rights investigator has said Japan hasn’t fully served the health needs of residents and workers affected by the nuclear crisis and address their concerns.

Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, said Monday that Japan has over-emphasized optimistic views of radiation risks and conducted limited health checks after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant caused by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Many plant workers on short-term contracts have no access to permanent health check.

Grover wrapped up his 11-day survey in Fukushima and other areas. He also cited residents’ complaints about the lack of access to their own health-check results.

Japan’s government has been criticized for coverups and delays in disclosing key radiation information, causing deep-rooted public distrust.

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