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First Fukushima worker diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer: Japan official

A person, believed to be have been contaminated with radiation, is wheeled to an ambulance near a treatment centre in Nihonmatsu city, Japan's Fukushima prefecture, in March 2011A former Fukushima nuclear plant worker has been diagnosed with radiation-linked cancer, Japanese authorities said Tuesday, the first confirmed case since the 2011 accident that experts say could be just the “tip of the iceberg”. A health ministry official said the unnamed man, who was in his thirties while working at the plant following the 2011 crisis, has leukaemia. The announcement will likely further inflame widespread public opposition to nuclear power, and could frustrate efforts to resettle evacuees in communities around the crippled Fukushima plant that have been deemed safe.

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