Human rights group on Fukushima: May have to bring in more doctors, borrow medical equipment — Gov’t not protecting right to health to its people — Mistrust growing -Reuters

Published: March 6th, 2012 at 12:24 pm ET


Title: Japan too slow in Fukushima health checks-rights group
Source: Reuters
Author: Yoko Kubota
Date: Mar 6, 2012

A year after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan’s government is still too slow in providing health checks and information to residents, leaving them confused and suspicious of authorities, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. […]

Jane Cohen, a researcher at the group

  • “A year on, we are really not seeing basic health services being offered in an accessible way and we are not seeing accurate, consistent, non-contradictory information being disclosed to people on a regular basis”
  • “People have to at least be equipped with accurate information so that they are evaluating their situation based on real facts”
  • “People don’t feel that they have a real picture of what their safety situation is”
  • “By not disclosing reliable, accurate information in a transparent way, which is a very important component to the right to health, we are really seeing the government not fulfilling its duty to protect the right to health to its people”

More from Cohen

  • She suggested the local government may have to borrow medical equipment or bring in more doctors
  • Cohen said mistrust of authorities had grown

Read the report here

Published: March 6th, 2012 at 12:24 pm ET


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15 comments to Human rights group on Fukushima: May have to bring in more doctors, borrow medical equipment — Gov’t not protecting right to health to its people — Mistrust growing -Reuters

  • Pointing to the country's money has gone, maybe broke as in empty pockets ?
    A move to National help may be required !
    Japan regional land and territory is not the size of Russia, not many places to rebuild a northern manufacturing for workers and farming for the lost farms in the south !
    They have already sent many manufacturings out of country to other lands so that income for the people/goverment has gone !

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Such a mess. And all because of one nuclear plant.

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    There is nothing to be done. The atomic death plants were allowed to be built. The atomic death plants are continuing to spew their poison. But why do atomic plants fail? It's not because the plants themselves fail, though the designs are faulty, and the plants themselves are frail. It is because people are involved. This is true of all atomic plants all over the world. And because people are in involved, corporate managers want first to protect shareholder value. So they don't raise an alarm when the chips are down. And, because people are involved, the government doesn't raise an alarm when the killing plume passed over Tokyo, in order to protect the nuclear industry. And so the deadly plume passed over Tokyo, over people going about their lives, and over children playing on the playground. Breathing in death. Getting atomic death on their shoes, on the laces, in their mouths and lungs. And all because people are involved in atomic power. People lie and cover up. People make the bad decisions that make problems go from bad to worse. It is the same with the atomic plants near you and near me. Tokyo is now a dead city; as Japan is a dead nation, cut in two and poisoned throughout. The great Japanese Diaspora is already well underway, in spite of TEPCO's efforts to conceal the truth, and in spite of the government's efforts to keep the truth from the people. The same can be said for the US NRC and the US atomic industry. Just listen to these people talk. Why won't atomic power be a part of humanity's long term future? Because the people are coming to understand that our institutions are not up to running atomic death plants, and dealing with them when they fail.

    • Misitu

      What evocative and expressive writing, philipupnorth; thanks

    • philipupnorth,
      As the old saying, Don't mess with Mother Nature, don't tempt the hand a fate, Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, No force like Mother nature !

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      They are anti life, pure and simple. We have harnessed the dark energy that destroys all life.

      Now we have to discover the antidote… the life giving energy which is the opposite of this anti life energy.

      Just like gravity and anti gravity forces exist, so do the life and anti life forces.

      We can harness either one.. It is our choice.

      It may be time to put away these dangerous toys that boys like to play with, but they can blow up the whole neighborhood.

      Give the boys some safer toys; ones that they cannot blow up the whole neighborhood with, one that cannot kill everyone on the planet, due to ONE accident.

      It may already be too late, but is it worth trying.

  • Machomaker Machomaker

    "QE-Trendsetter" — Bank of Japan

    4,5 Million Barrel per day (import) . wow

    • Machomaker,
      One reseon they wanted nukes, they had to import ALL their energy needs !

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Renewable energy sees its chance in Japan's electricity market ……/renewable-energy…japans…/gIQAJ1X3...
      Sep 30, 2011 – In the wake of nuclear disaster, clean-energy advocates challenge Japan's 10 big power MONOPOLIES

      We are fighting the same fight globally.. It is a top down, centralized, profit driven, only 1% benefits with nukes, oil, coal, gas on the one hand.

      On the other hand, we have a bottoms up, renewable energy or free energy decentralized, community oriented, diverse small scale energy sources.

      So far, the balance has been forced over to the monopoly side, but maybe, just maybe, the scales are tipping ever so slightly back in the other direction.

  • openeye openeye

    Mistrust breeds on lack of info & transparency! The May G-8 meeting, which will include Japan as one of the largest 8 economies [sic!], has suddenly been changed from Chicago to Camp David w/ no explanation. One would expect the alternative media, the "truth sleuths," to be all over this one, but I bet it won't happen. Revolting. It is their MANDATE to fill in the MSM vacuum, especially on the most vital issue affecting sentient beings on our planet.

    Kevin, this is my niche: a political, philosophical, psychological analysis on the abdication of responsibility even by the likes of Paul Watson, Webster Tarply, Global Research et al. It seems like collusion among all of the big alternative analysts, other than Corbett, to refuse to stay on top of Fukushima radiation / to avoid "breaking the issue down for us" to use a phrase from AJ. You wrote they have an agenda: could you please please be more explicit? And also explain what you mean by "a limited hangout"? (It's been rather unlimited up until Fukushima for most of these guys, hasn't it?) What am I missing????

  • openeye openeye

    Yes, Pu239, lives are being and will be lost due to lack of involvement. As for Global Research and virtually all of the other primary alternative news venues, the coverage had been sporadic and not in-depth. This sudden negligence started after excellent coverage and analysis for a few weeks; it was that initial coverage that taught me to takes steps to protect myself and others (for example, it was reported that plutonium was found in the soil at the base of the Sierra Nevadas, which supplies the drinking water for L.A., and that radiation was found in dairy products near where I was living). Once that degree of sophisticated coverage just stopped dead, and one needed to go to specialized sites like this one–which most people did not know to do or or did not make the extra effort to do, countless people became endangered.

    If almost daily coverage is given by the truth sleuths to topics like TSA but not to Fukushima, what the h… is going on??? I can't even wrap my mind around it.

  • openeye.,
    In the first days some of us, on a sister site before ENE knew the exsisted and what would be a catastrophes of mammoth size, in the beginning we were scoffed and told that we were scare mongers, and these people may have aloud some to drift back to main stream were the was a safe spot of No news is good news !

    The magnitude of this has yet to really begin to unfold, for a year now we have been seeing our prediction become a horrible reality as we foresaw the horror !

    A short while back I knew they could not hold back the tide of truth and evidence that would be more massive the the tsunami that took away lives and the world they knew only to have it soaked with a new everlasting death !
    Hope being dashed as to possibly a family I may be able to help with shelter has giving way to the sense that those hopes are narrowing as the sickness's broaden exponentially !

    : (

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    What Is The Total Fukushima Radiation Released Into Ocean, Air, Groundwater, Storage Tanks?