This chart shows the percentage of Ukranian liquidators and their children who were classified as “sick” by the Soviet medical authorities, for each year after the Chernobyl catastrophe. This data was taken from the page 48 of the Yablokov book.
In the year +1 after Chernobyl (1987), 18% of the liquidators were sick, and 14% of their children were ill. The percentage rises steadily every year. Note that in year +5 (1991) a large jump appears in the liquidators, from 42% to 57%. By year +18 (2004, not on chart), the percentage had increased to 94%.
So translate this into the Fukushima timeline. 2012 is year +1. We’re in the 18% range. Not too bad… yes, 53,000 people died in 2011, some (like yours truly) are sick now, but it doesn’t seem too bad to the average uninformed person. Next year (+2) it’s 27%, people will think “it’s a bad year for flu”, but not think twice about it. In 2014 (+3) they think “hmm, maybe there is something going on”. By 2016 (+5, 57%) it will become obvious. But by then people will have been eating contaminated food for 5 years already, and it’s too late.
That’s why a healthy person should not judge the health effects of Fuku by his or her lack of symptoms at this point. She should be asking canaries (uniquely toxic-sensitive people) about what is going on. This canary has been jumping up and down, waving his arms, screaming about it till he gets hoarse.