Govt. recognizes radiation death of plant worker

Govt. recognizes radiation death of plant worker

Japan's government has acknowledged that a worker at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant died of cancer triggered by exposure to radiation. The health and labor ministry recognized the man as eligible for workers' compensation.

The duties of the man, who was in his 50s, included measuring radiation levels at the plant immediately after the severe nuclear accident following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

He worked there until 2015, but was later diagnosed with lung cancer and died.

The health and labor ministry has not disclosed the date of the man's death, following his family's wishes.

On Friday, the ministry recognized the man as eligible for workers' compensation, saying he developed cancer due to total radiation exposure of around 195 millisieverts.

Four other workers who developed leukemia and thyroid cancer have been recognized as eligible until now, but this is the first case involving a death.

About 5,000 people on average continue to work at the Fukushima plant per day.