TV: “Growing problem in Fukushima” — “Healthcare workers trying to shed light on a silent killer” — “We’re seeing more and more people with physical conditions and diseases”

TV: “Growing problem in Fukushima” — “Healthcare workers trying to shed light on a silent killer” — “We’re seeing more and more people with physical conditions and diseases” (VIDEO) (ENENews, July 3, 2014):

NHK WORLD, July 2, 2014 (h/t Deep13th Nuclear Waste Info): Nuclear Watch: Disaster-Related Deaths

  • NHK: Healthcare workers in northeastern Japan are trying to shed light on a silent killer. More than 3,000 people have died in the years since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the start of the nuclear crisis… Different levels of government have been working to reverse the trend… The staff and volunteers at the nonprofit group Nagumi have been trying to stop a growing problem in Fukushima, they work on behalf of the prefectural government to prevent disaster related deaths.
  • Kazuma Yonekura, Director of Nagumi: We’re still seeing more and more people with physical conditions and diseases… I don’t think it’s enough to take measures against suicide… I will keep asking why the client died, what we can do to save his life, and what kind of support is truly needed.
  • NHK: Yonekura says the uncertainty about the future in Fukushima has prompted him to focus on long-term open ended support. He says communities need to come together to help individuals, especially in Fukushima, where the accident is still very much a present day concern.

Note: The orange bars on the map indicate the number of disaster-related deaths after 3/11 disaster. The blue bars indicate the number of deaths on 3/11 when the earthquake and tsunami struck. Notice that no data is shown for the area in red that has been most affected by the fallout from the nuclear disaster — and that the vast majority of deaths after 3/11 are in areas surrounding Fukushima Daiichi.

Watch the NHK broadcast here

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