Fatigue from living the life of evacuees proving fatal
The Japan Times
By HIROKO NAKATA
July 13, 2012
Physical and mental fatigue from the stress of evacuation is believed to be the main cause behind the deaths of those who survived the earthquake and tsunami last March but have died since, according to a survey released Thursday by the Reconstruction Agency.
The agency surveyed the reasons behind the deaths of 529 survivors from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima […]
Fatigue from living as evacuees was named as the cause of death for 249 people, or 47 percent, the agency said.
Twenty-one people, or 4 percent, reportedly died because of stress from the nuclear power plant crisis.
A-bomb doctor warns of further Fukushima woes
By MEGUMI IIZUKA
July 12, 2012
A 95-year-old retired doctor is continuing to warn of possible health dangers to residents near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant after some of them developed symptoms similar to those afflicting atomic-bomb survivors he treated for decades.
He has spent much of his life researching the unexplained fatigue called Bura Bura disease he believes is caused by radiation exposure. Hida says some people could begin showing symptoms “in one to three years” after the Fukushima meltdowns.
The illness haunted thousands of atomic-bomb survivors, including those who escaped the direct blast but inhaled, drank or ate radioactive substances, he says.
Those who exhibited the symptoms felt too tired to work or even stand up, but doctors could not clearly establish they were ill.