The magnitude 9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11,
2011, claiming over 20,000 lives. It crippled the Fukushima Daiichi
Nuclear Power Plant, whose hydrogen-air explosions contaminated
wide areas around Fukushima with radionuclides. The number of
evacuees initially totaled 328,903, but has been reduced to 263,392
as of February 13, 2014. More than half of the evacuees (132,500)
consist of Fukushima residents, and 67% of whom have experienced
mental or physical disorders. Indeed, refugee life is so difficult
that many Fukushima families have been affected by suicide,
divorce, separation of family members, migration and settlement to
other places, mental illness, etc. The difficulty is caused by the
fear of low-dose radiation induced by the LNT model which claims
that radiation cancer risk is linearly proportional to dose without
any threshold. Careful scrutiny of the model, however, clearly
indicates that the linearity is invalid; low dose radiation is not
hazardous, but is even beneficial or hormetic because of the
adaptive response to radiation. This book provides ample evidence
to negate the LNT model. This book is primarily compiled to get rid
of the spell of the LNT model and release Fukushima people from
undue torture. The book would also be useful to the public in
general who have CT scans and have concerns. In addition, the
people who use radiation world-wide such as nuclear power plant
workers, radiation researchers, radiologists, and X-ray operators
would be relieved to learn from reading this book that the alleged
risk of low-dose radiation is illusionary and that the low-dose
radiation is even beneficial. Policy makers of nuclear energy and
radiation who are working for governmental and/or regulatory
agencies are also recommended to read this book. Severe guidelines
from a safety standpoint sometimes entrap people into a
fear-stricken situation rather than save them, as no one was killed
by radiation directly, but more than 1,000 people have been killed
by the fear of radiation secondarily in Fukushima. By the same
token, this book is recommended to civil activists and journalists
who emphasise dangers of low-dose radiation and raise fear of
low-dose radiation. It is the time to shed new scientific light on
the outdated LNT model.
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