(NBC NEWS) TOKYO — Japan has acknowledged a possible first casualty from radiation at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant — a worker who was diagnosed with cancer after the crisis broke out in 2011.
The unnamed male worker in his 30s, who was employed by a construction contractor, worked at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi plant and other nuclear facilities, a health ministry official said.
The ministry's recognition of radiation as a possible cause may set back efforts to recover from the disaster, as the government and the nuclear industry have been at pains to say that the health effects from radiation have been minimal. It may also add to compensation payments that had reached more than 7 trillion yen ($59 billion) by July this year.
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