Kyodo: Number of births declined significantly in Fukushima and Tokyo between April and June

Published: November 17th, 2011 at 9:35 pm ET
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Fukushima, Tokyo log fewer births, Kyodo, Nov. 17, 2011:

The number of births between April and June slumped 25 percent in Fukushima Prefecture and also declined significantly in Tokyo, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, but the tally rose in northern and western Japan, a recent survey showed.

The Japan Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which conducted the nationwide survey, believes many pregnant evacuees gave birth in areas they considered to be at less risk of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Based on valid responses from about 750 hospitals that handle deliveries, the association estimated there were 1,000 fewer births from the previous year in Fukushima Prefecture, and a combined total of 2,000 fewer newborns in Tokyo, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures. […]

Published: November 17th, 2011 at 9:35 pm ET
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11 comments to Kyodo: Number of births declined significantly in Fukushima and Tokyo between April and June

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    Lots of the population of these areas were swept out to sea and now they are suffering the onset reactions to radiation. Blaming it all on the Tsunami may be one of the excuses the industry pigs try to publish in response to this article. I would say the results of lower birth rates have to do with both of these factors.

    • Still borns and are not on reports somewhere ?

      And there was that report of a nuse saying deformed little people were being born …

      News: Fukushima heart
      Oct 21st, 2011

      A report tweeted. ‎@knight100jp Naoki Watanabe 朝から重い話。チェルノブイリハートならぬフクシマハート(らしき)事態が起きた。3月に妊娠、早産、心臓に穴。符号が一致する。まだ詳細は書けない。ただ、放っておく事は出来ないので、第一報だけ流したい。 “Maybe this is “Fukushima heart” to follow Chernobyl heart. got pregnant in March, premature birth, and the baby got a hole in the heart. sounds like Chernobyl heart. can’t post any more details but I couldn’t help posting this info.” It might be hard to associate this just […]
      http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/10/news-fukushima-heart/

      [Tweet of a Fukushima citizen] @JUN_Raelian: 白河の友人から電話「奇形の子が3人も生まれたわよ」「一人は郡山で早産で口唇口蓋裂の子」「一人は浪江町で片腕のない子」ここまで聞いて気になったけど「3人目は」と聞く気になりませんでした。「放射能が原因だと思うけど、大きな声ではいえないわよ English: Didn’t get the whole message but here is most of it : A friend from Shirakawa on the phone : “We have three deformed people. On child is a preterm born child, with deformed lips and cleft palate. One other child born without an arm in the […]
      http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/09/news-9172011/

  • Anthony Anthony

    Anxieties grow about radiation costs / No clear criteria, answers from TEPCO have municipalities fearful for budgets

    Tomoaki Tomita and Tatsuya Nozaki / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers

    A growing number of municipalities are demanding that Tokyo Electric Power Co. compensate them for costs related to the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    TEPCO has specified the terms under which it will compensate companies and other entities, based on guidelines set by the government, but it has revealed no such terms for municipal governments.

    On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Yoshio Kusama of Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, visited TEPCO’s headquarters in Tokyo. Takahagi is about 80 kilometers from the plant.

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T111117005600.htm

  • Anthony Anthony

    Now a preliminary report published in PLoS ONE finds that the dangers may not be as grave as we first feared. Over on TIME’s Ecocentric blog, our colleague Bryan Walsh reports:

    The PLoS study, led by Ikuo Kashiwakura, found only 10 people among those surveyed with high levels of radiation exposure — and even those levels were not elevated enough to require decontamination. (The study covered March 15 to June 20.) Almost everyone else surveyed had low to nonexistent levels of radiation contamination, while the Hirosaki [University] staff members on site had undetectable radiation levels.

    That’s not to say that radiation-related health problems won’t arise in the future, however, and scientists will need to keep long-term tabs on residents, Walsh reports — but it could have been much worse.

    Read Walsh’s full post on Ecocentric here.

    Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2011/11/17/early-report-suggests-low-radiation-exposure-in-fukushima/#ixzz1e1mWEt77

  • patb2009

    its a small drop for the 90 days post meltdown.

    It will get worse

  • Captain Quark Captain Kirk

    We can’t blame just the reactor for all the woes, the poor people of fukushima and surrounding areas are still struggling to just ‘live’.

    Procreation is on the bottom of the list. It’s like saying drive by shootings in fukushima have gone down while sales of bottled water are up!

  • karaa karaa

    and how many abortions?

  • pure water

    This slide may explain some of the things, that happened there:
    http://www.slideshare.net/brucelee55/01-biological-effects-7287-kb
    Be aware it is an official one, and its aim is to calm down, but I am posting it just because it contains some interesting data. Read with caution!!!

  • …[official U.S. government story that the Three Mile Island accident posed no threat to the public.]…
    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/04/03-9

    Three Mile Island Cancer “Extremely High”
    http://www.albionmonitor.com/9703a/3milecancer.html

    Three Mile Island: The Rest of the Story…
    http://www.ki4u.com/three_mile_island.htm

    Study Links Three Mile Island Radiation Releases to Higher Cancer Rates
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/tmi/stories/study022497.htm

    Three Mile Island accident health effects
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident_health_effects