U.N. panel says no ill effects seen from radiation so far

The U.N. committee on atomic radiation said Monday it has seen no ill effects on health because of radiation released from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

"So far, what we have seen in the population, what we have seen in children, what we have seen in workers . . . we would not expect to see health effects," Wolfgang Weiss, chairman of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, said at a news conference.

"We cannot identify and attribute health effects to these doses," he said, adding that further and detailed data on the radiation doses is needed to say more about the probability of longer-term health effects.

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UN nuclear agency experts going to Japan for fact finding trip

U.N. nuclear experts are en route to Japan for a fact-finding trip in the wake of a devastating tsunami that caused major damage and radiation leaks at one of the countrys power plants.

The International Atomic Energy Agency says the mission, which starts Tuesday and ends June 2, will focus on safety issues and include a visit to the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant that was hard hit by the March 11 killer wave triggered by a massive earthquake.

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