Some experts have criticised as unrealistic the government radiation target of 1 mSv a year. The UN’s international commission on radiological protection [http://www.icrp.org] states that annual doses of up to 20 mSv pose no demonstrable threat to human health.
But the Asahi Shimbun, citing leaked transcripts of testimony from the plant’s then manager, Masao Yoshida, revealed this week that of the 720 workers present when a reactor building exploded on 15 March, 650 fled to another power plant about six miles (10km) away. Yoshida died of cancer last July.
The LDP panel, which will present its report to the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, next week, reportedly favours the creation of a special unit to focus on decommissioning while the rest of the company is left to generate electricity for 29m homes and businesses in Tokyo and surrounding areas.