The disaster-related deaths following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accidents in 2011...
The disaster-related deaths following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accidents in 2011 were not caused by radiation exposures but by the urgent evacuation and its prolongation due to the fear of low-dose radiation, based on the linear no-threshold (LNT) hypothesis recommended by advisory bodies since the 1950s for radiation safety. However, the LNT hypothesis was adopted in an unscientific manner and considerable amount of evidence has accumulated against it over the years. Since the present advisory bodies have not rejected the LNT hypothesis in spite of the evidence against it, and in spite of observing the disastrous consequences from its use, new advisory bodies need to be formed to protect public health. The evacuated population should be educated about the deficiencies in the operation of the current advisory bodies, harm caused by their unjustifiable recommendations, and the evidence for the innocuousness of low-dose radiation exposures to allay their concerns and they should be asked to return to their homes. Nuclear power plants should be re-started after appropriate safety modifications are completed to prevent recurrence of accidents similar to those in Fukushima, since among all the available power sources, nuclear power has proven to be the safest.