Are Wind Turbines Making Japanese Citizens Sick?

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The idea that wind turbines can cause health problems isn’t new, but now a fresh crop of complaints is appearing in Japan. Asahi Shimbun reports that over 70 people living near turbines in the country have supposedly fallen sick due to a mysterious “wind turbine disease”.

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Japanese residents are complaining of headaches, dizziness, and insomnia, and while no one is sure of the cause, the Environment Ministry suspects it has to do with low-frequency sounds produced by wind turbines.

Similar complaints have come from people living close to air-conditioning equipment and factory boilers— both of which also produce low-frequency sounds of 100 hertz or less.

The Environment Ministry is examining research showing a potential link between wind turbines and health in order to determine a plan of action. Japan currently has over 1,400 turbines.

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