“It’s an interesting question,” Ash said. “It depends on what expert you ask. It’s difficult to know what this will mean for the children. Forty-three percent of children have them. (This is) according to many, many studies. This is just not normal.”
“A2-B-C” is also about other health issues the children are experiencing with a suspected link to radiation exposure.
“One of the major themes of the film deals with the ‘decontamination process,’ and how it’s really not possible to decontaminate these areas where these children are living in,” he said.
“Through the decontamination process, people are becoming exposed to more radiation.”
In “A2-B-C” very young children wear glass badges and comprehend that the badges detect radiation.
“It’s done by the towns. They are on different schedules. It measures total radiation exposure for a two-month period,” Ash said.
The badges measure only external exposure and do not measure internal radiation exposure via food, drink and air.
“Children touch the ground and put their hands in their mouths. They run, kick up dirt, and they breathe up the dirt. They are also being exposed to radiation through dust, which is internally,” he said.
The glass badges also do not give an overall real-time reading of radiation exposure.
“You wouldn’t know if you were exposed to a large amount of radiation by going to a radiation hot spot,” Ash said. “If you were exposed to that each day that’s different than if you were exposed to that in one day by wandering in a radiation hot spot. But the badge doesn’t tell you that. It gives people a false sense of security.”
It could take as many as three generations for the effects of radiation to be revealed in the Japanese population, according to some scientists.