Fukushima Worker Dies Of Cancer Caused By Radiation 7 Years After Disaster
Japan's government formally acknowledged the link between a cancer and radiation
A man who helped clean up the Fukushima nuclear plant after it was hit by a tsunami in 2011 has died from cancer due to being exposed to radiation.
Japan's government, for the first time in history, has formally acknowledged the link between cancer and radiation exposure at the Fukushima plant, according to developing Japanese news reports.
The man, who was in his 50s. was in charge of measuring radiation at the plant following the disaster and worked there until December 2011.
He also worked at other atomic power stations but was said to have worn full protective gear at all times, according to officials.
In February 2016, he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
SkyNews reports: The man was not publicly identified and his family have asked that the exact date of his death remains private.
The Japanese government has already paid compensation in the cases of four workers who developed cancer, according to reports.
A Japanese daily newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, says 17 plant workers have filed for compensation.
Along with the four who had their claims accepted, five claims have been rejected.
Another five are pending, and two have been withdrawn.
The tsunami killed around 18,000 people and caused a failure in the nuclear plant's cooling system, resulting in a meltdown and the release of radioactive materials.
The nuclear disaster was the worst since Chernobyl and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.
The area near the plant remains uninhabitable due to the danger from radiation.
Meanwhile, at least two people are dead and 32 missing after a 6.7-magnitude quake struck the northern island of Hokkaido just after 3am Thursday local time.
The quake prompted landslides and left millions of homes without electricity.
Local media reported that 120 people had been injured.
Hokkaido's main airport - New Chitose - was badly damaged and closed, cutting access to the island, which is popular with tourists because of its mountains, lakes and seafood.
The Tomari Nuclear Power Station, closed since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, suffered a power cut but was cooling its fuel rods safely with emergency power, according to chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga.
The plant's operator Hokkaido Electric said there were no radiation irregularities.