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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