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Japan approves compensation for cancer case linked to cleanup

TOKYO -- The government approved on Tuesday a compensation claim filed by a former Fukushima Daiichi worker diagnosed with leukemia, acknowledging for the first time a link between a cancer case and cleanup work after the 2011 meltdown.

     The claimant, in his early 40s, was employed at multiple plants over a period of a year and a half between November 2011 and December 2013. He worked at Fukushima Daiichi from October 2012 to December 2013, installing incinerator facilities and a cover for a reactor building. He reportedly wore protective gear.

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