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Title: Survey revealed psychological trauma in Fukushima nuclear plant workers
Source: The Denki Shimbun (The Electric Daily News)
Date: Aug. 28, 2012
The result of a survey conducted on about 1,500 workers employed at the Fukushima I and II nuclear power stations on their psychological health has been released. The survey result was compiled by a study group set up jointly by Japan’s National Defense Medical College and Ehime University, and was published in the August 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Denki Shimbun interviewed Jun Shigemura, lecturer at National Defense Medical College, who took part in the study as a joint researcher.
The survey was conducted over the period from May to June 2011 following the great earthquake. While the survey result found that the workers at the Fukushima I and II have suffered various forms of stress, the damage that had the greatest impact on the workers was the experience of discrimination and slander. According to Shigemura, some of the workers have been the victims of verbal abuse at evacuation centers, harassment over the lease of apartments, refusal of care at hospitals and other traumatic experiences.