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Japan Acknowledges Possible Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Casualty

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    File Photo: A radiation monitor reads 114.00 microsieverts per hour as members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) employees, wearing protective suits and masks, visit the No. 4 reactor building, background center, and the construction of a storage unit for melted fuel rods, background right, at the company's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, on March 6, 2013.

    A possible first casualty from radiation at wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant is an unnamed male worker in his 30s, who was diagnosed with cancer after the crisis in 2011, a Japanese official said, Reuters reported. 

    An official from Japan's health ministry said the worker was employed by a construction contractor, worked at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi plant and other nuclear facilities.

    The ministry's recognition of radiation as a possible cause may set back efforts to recover from the disaster.

    Hundreds of deaths have been blamed on chaotic evacuations, crisis and hardship on the refugees, but the government had said that radiation was not a cause.