Japan Radiation Risk

December 6, 2012 - 9:33 PM
FILE - In this Friday, April 1, 2011 file photo, a boy is screened for radiation contamination before entering an evacuation center in Fukushima, Japan. Influential Japanese scientists who help set national radiation exposure limits have for years had trips paid for by the country’s nuclear plant operators to attend overseas meetings of the world’s top academic group on radiation safety. Some of these same scientists have consistently given optimistic assessments about the health risks of radiation, interviews with the scientists and government documents show. Their pivotal role in setting policy after the March 2011 tsunami and ensuing nuclear meltdowns meant the difference between schoolchildren playing outside or indoors and families staying or evacuating. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)