Fukushima Mom: 5 hospitals refuse to provide medical care to children; “We can’t be seen by a doctor when we want to be seen”… “It is just not right” — Doctor: It will be confusing if our result is different than Fukushima Medical University

Published: August 28th, 2012 at 6:54 pm ET


FRCSR (Fukushima Radiation Contamination Symptoms Research) Newsletter
August 28, 2012


The thyroid examination for children under age 18, offered free of charge by Fukushima Prefecture, in order to “watch over children’s health to bring a sense of relief,” is increasing anxiety of parents/guardians. Many are taking their children to hospitals outside Fukushima Prefecture, looking for a second opinion. The reason for that is the insufficient explanation about the result from the prefecture.

A sixty-year-old woman from Kawamata-machi, Fukushima, took her four-year-old grandchild to Nakadori General Hospital in Akita-city, Akita Prefecture, in June […] to undergo palpatory and ultrasound examinations of thyroid gland as well as blood test for thyroid function.


The family received the prefectural examination result from Fukushima Medical University in February. All it said was, “There are small nodules and cysts (fluid-filled sacs), but there is no need for secondary examination.” They grew anxious about having to wait until the next examination two years later. They were upset when multiple cysts were confirmed at the Akita hospital. The doctor recommended a follow-up examination six months later and told them, “Now that there is a diagnosis, you will be able to use insurance next time.”


However, there are quite a few cases of people traveling far for the examination after being denied medical care in Fukushima Prefecture. A 38-year-old mother of two who evacuated to Aizu wakamatsu-city called five hospitals in the city, yet nobody agreed to examine them. She resented that “It is just not right that we can’t be seen by a doctor when we want to be seen.”

We asked physicians the reason for refusal to provide medical care and received the following responses.

A pediatrician in Fukushima-city: “It will be confusing if our result is different from the result by Fukushima Medical University.”

A hospital in Aizu district: “It’s not a duty of a private hospital to relieve the anxiety of parents/guardians.”


Published: August 28th, 2012 at 6:54 pm ET


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44 comments to Fukushima Mom: 5 hospitals refuse to provide medical care to children; “We can’t be seen by a doctor when we want to be seen”… “It is just not right” — Doctor: It will be confusing if our result is different than Fukushima Medical University

  • patb2009

    Don't worry, Be Happy.:-(

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "A hospital in Aizu district: “It’s not a duty of a private hospital to relieve the anxiety of parents/guardians.”"

    Do not confuse Japanese doctor's ethical standards by our own Western standards. Obviously, they don't give a damn over there.


      @TIS: "…confuse Japanese doctor's ethical standards by our own Western standards."? Now that's a laugh! Love your stuff TIS, but I won't waste the network's bandwidth with the endless examples as to why you're way-off-base here. The Japanese government's obviously under serious pressure to keep this nightmare under wraps. You didn't think Hillary went over there when this first went down to sample sushi…did you?

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Here is a full example of both the classical and modern Hippocratic Oaths:


        'IF' Japanese doctors take either oath after graduation from medical school (I cannot find any confirmation on the Net), see where any of the statements in the FRCSR Newsletter meet the criteria of either oath.

        I'm not saying there aren't doctors in Japan with compassion for the horror inflicted by both the crisis itself and the government's response to it, but for hospitals around the country to refuse to see potentially radiated patients, to go to the length of putting up signs up telling them they won't be seen, to tell parents their children with thyroid nodules won't/can't be seen again after initial positive diagnosis for two years – if ever – and for doctors to not be protesting over this, simply to keep their paychecks, well, I don't know if that's a 'laugh'.

        Take Dr. Caldicott, for example. Do you think she's been threatened for her truths? Do you think she would care? She is the example, and very few, especially in Japan, come close. Some, yes, but overwhelmingly, no.

        You do make an interesting point, though, Aftershock. Is the US responsible for dictating the Japanese governments' response to this global horrific crisis? Did the US tell the Japanese PM to shut down the health care response, to let millions of Japanese citizens die a horrible death from lack of access to quality medical care?

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          You're not just talking about moving contaminated food products around the globe. You're talking about the US government directly ordering the infanticide of the Japanese population.

          I hope you're wrong, but with everything that's come out so far, it's not a stretch to think it may be true. Not a stretch at all.


            @TIS: I'm with you on the issues of moral obligations and the 'perceived' cultural differences. Fly-back about seventy years and you'd have no argument. The Shinto mentality that Japan swam-in was cause for much human suffering. But those supremacist concepts are on the wane in Japan. At every level, nationalist pride's been tempered by decades of international exchange. The Japanese are, on the whole, some of the most progressive people on the planet. Unlike others who'd attempt such claim, they're genuinely open to everything. I have great respect for them and am deeply troubled by the potential destruction of their culture and race.

            And it's only a matter of time before you see the revelations that prove my suspicion that they're being 'constrained' in how they respond to this catastrophe. Keep in mind: it isn't just – their – nuclear power industry that's on the chopping block…

            • Sickputer

              AS offers this astute observation: " Keep in mind: it isn't just – their – nuclear power industry that's on the chopping block…"

              SP: +311. The whole global nuclear system is a house of cards…and Japan got dealt the joker.

              Nucleocratic economy notes of interest:

              It's true nations can manipulate the money supply and print more money to meet emergencies. Actually modern countries like America don't print money for Federal Reserve Bank bonds…since the 1960s they just issue whatever they need as checkbook deposits.

              But debt piles up and eventually other nations push you down to the pauper pile. I doubt the US is in immediate danger of hyperinflation like 1923 Germany.

              But inflation creeps up slowly and in many forms. Food and durable goods have advanced 500 to 1000% in 40 years. Wages for low and middle income workers didn't keep pace.

              I bought a new car in 1972 and paid cash…$2600. Similar cars are now $20,000. My wages as a professional went up 300% from 1985 to 2012. Inflation far exceeded those gains.

              A three bedroom brick house outside Houston built by my dad in 1963 for $17,000 sold for $72,000 in 1982 (just before the recession of 1983), but rose again to $140,000 by 2012.

              Gasoline was .20 cents a gallon when I was a freshman in high school. Now all across America gasoline is twenty times higher. In Europe it is forty to fifty times higher. Difficult times are going to get worse. Nuclear meltdowns don't help.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Here is what we should be seeing from the Japanese doctors:

      "In Belarus, only 15-20% of babies are born healthy. Roche comforts children who are born with multiple holes in their heart, a condition known in Belarus as “Chernobyl heart.” A lucky few will have their heart problems fixed by Dr. William Novick, who heads the, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with congenital or acquired heart disease in developing countries throughout the world. After saving the life of a young girl suffering from Chernobyl heart and being humbled by her parents’ gratitude, Dr. Novick affirms, “I appreciate this is a bit of a miracle for them…but we have a certain responsibility to these kids.”"



  • or-well

    There is a difference between relieving anxiety and performing an examination that is circumstantially appropriate.

    Well, I`m tempted to repost something critical of Japanese doctors, but instead I will say I hope frontline medical workers in Japan grow some ethics and start speaking OUT instead of among themselves, and support one another in doing so.

    I realise the depth of corruption they face and the likely punitive consequences, but if several Prefectures worth of medical workers united and called on teachers and parents to join with them it would be hard to dismiss as radiation phobia.

    A fantasy I suppose, fueled by too many marshmallows and coffee.


      not a fantasy or-well. It's actually a good thought. While I'm a pragmatist at heart, I do believe that humans are by-and-large perfectly capable of pulling the rabbit out of the hat. The Japanese have already shown (unlike many other nations) the ability to get-out into the streets and make a thunderous noise to those who insist on covering their ears to the truth. What you're suggesting is probably right around the corner…

  • markww markww

    It will be confusing if our result is different than Fukushima Medical University

    Let people die so your figures ll look the same what A JOKE shows you how the Japanese really are to their people no better than a communist society and life means nothing to the government.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Ouch markww — Despite the brainwashing propaganda of the USA, not all of us believe that communism is the be all and end all of evil. For example, the Dalai Lama says he thinks the communist system is, at least in theory, the best system because it aims to realize compassion for all beings and to alleviate the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.


        ouch dharmasyd. Such character reference is not without its own set of issues. Tread lightly…

        • dosdos dosdos

          "No matter be the water fresh or salt, poop floats." Corruption always makes a mockery of the best intentions.

        • dharmasyd dharmasyd

          A-shock. I don't know how you think this is treading "HEAVILY"!

          >>>Despite the brainwashing propaganda of the USA, not all of us believe that communism is the be all and end all of evil. For example, the Dalai Lama says he thinks the communist system is, at least in theory, the best system because it aims to realize compassion for all beings and to alleviate the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.<<<

          True, I left out the "Ouch markww". Given that, how do you see this as treading heavy? Not seeing communism as all bad? Valuing compassion? Valuing alleviation of suffering? Or just taking a stand opposite from someone else's opinion?

          I hope you will consider this and answer because I fail to see how I am being a heavy treading attacking troll here. Please answer.


            @dharmasyd: I don't think you're an attacking troll. On the contrary, I've known you to be disciplined in your work out here. I'm questioning your reference to the the Dalai Lama and his position on 'communism'. As a life-long supporter of the Dalai Lama's tireless efforts, I found his acquiescence to the PRC very troubling. Now, I understand that armchair foreign policy is convenient for the likes of me; I've not (yet) had my nation ripped asunder by the Chinese. Still, given the many-many decades of his having stood as a lone voice for human rights and national sovereignty, it was a little (to say the least) difficult to witness his giving-in to the PRC. But any who have the courage to look, see the writing on the wall: China is – the – ascending world power and the Dalai Lama must make amends before he moves on.

            Now, I must pull the plug on this com-station and get out of here. I'll look for your gracious response tomorrow. Peace to my brother…

  • dka

    In U.S., a woman had some asthma and was given cortisone.
    The cortisone made her extermely sick, she started to grow nails instead of hair. And instead of being sued by the patient, the hospital is charging the poor woman for the treatments of the new strange sickness that they caused and that they should take 100% responsibilites to have induce.
    They are charging her as if this was normal.
    They are charging her over a Million $.
    Unreal. Totaly unreal from a Canadian and European perspective.

  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    This Fukushima mum, 5 hospital visits…is so unreal but very believable. If doctors from around the world hear this story, would they speak up? Somehow I doubt it. They too don't want to upset the apple cart I guess.

    Another abuse..cruelty by junior high school teacher who ordered student to dump the water from flask! Obviously, they brought the flask because they were worried about the water contamination (quite rightly!). So many inhumane stories! 🙁

    • or-well

      When health care workers and teachers refuse to be advocates for children things have gone very badly wrong in that society.
      To humiliate little kids for bringing water -or milk – from home, making them throw home-brought food away and telling them they dont deserve to be Japanese is abuse, plain and simple.

      Theres a point where blind obediance and respect for authority opens the door to rampant abuse of power and destruction of civil good. I believe Japan is there. I dont believe anything short of massive civil disobediance will change anything, including the restart of most of their nuclear reactors. Without social revolution they are basically toast. It would be better if that revolution were led by the more typically respected professions, but the grip of the nucleocrats, of all the entrenched powercrats must be broken before worse comes. In my opinion. A new social contract must be created.

      May the sweet scent of the Hydrangea Revolution waft away the stench of complicity from Teachers and medical workers nostrils.

      • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

        Precisely! I am so relieved that you recognise the wide spread daily abuse which is finally brought to the surface. Health care workers and teachers should be in a position to protect children. Somehow the purpose of their profession has been misplaced or replaced by…I guess brainwashing.

        • or-well

          It confounds my emotional understanding.
          I can pretend I "get it" intellectually, but I don't really.
          I am left saying, as you, "I guess brainwashing."
          But that's too easy, too general, and not helpful in terms of true understanding or finding a way forward to encourage.

          Is it that the path of least resistance is to "follow orders",
          protect ones job, obey the cultural imperatives one has been imprinted with?

          Are Japanese so vulnerable to the infiltration by pro-nuclearism into all modes of social/civil behaviour?

          Are they so constrained by historys' influences molding the society in many ways?

          The manipulation of social attitudes and public discourse has been ongoing there, here and elsewhere for some time, especially as regards things nuclear.

          I can approach an understanding of how that would be reinforced by social/cultural conventions, and I understand how deeply the nuclear village is entrenched within Japanese society.

          But the degree of silent acquiescence and active complicity confounds me, and appalls me, not least because I see it manifesting outside Japan as well.

          Is Japanese society so tightly bound that frontline, rank & file workers will, in their daily acts and decisions, always defer to authority and the staus quo at the expense of childrens' well-being?

          We see what is happening on the surface. What does it say for the hopes of the Hydrangea Revolution?

          • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

            Very thought provoking post and I appreciate you are thinking this much even though the problem isn't about your country. I wish I could offer you a concise answer but you are right, it's not simple as I stated and I realise there are more complex layers which are all weaved into, so I feel that your thoughts are in the right direction re: "follow orders,
            protect ones job, obey the cultural imperatives one has been imprinted with" all of that!

            It is difficult for me to put into words and explain, not because of my English but certain nuances and communication that goes on are subtle that it is almost understood on a subliminal level without expressed explicitly. It's like reading air, atmosphere of trend. I guess certain things are difficult to describe e.g. smell I am sure if you had a chance to live in Japan and learn and feel the culture you'd probably understand it. I guess that's what 'experience' is all about, otherwise we only have to read a book and understand it all…which doesn't happen.

            In parallel, I am learning from making miso and sake, how yeasts grow. You only need a very small amount of seeds, given the right condition, it will flourish and make its strong colony (community).

            • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

              cont. – and I believe foreign community like enenews do have part in it too because I've noticed that what you guys comment are fed back into Japan and not only it gives credibility to what they believe to be right, they feel supported by the same thinking existing outside of Japan. So thank you to all who have real concerns!

            • or-well

              Wonderful parallel! Maybe the "revolution yeasts" have found right conditions in Japan!

              Reading Fuku Diary and EXSKF and some others have shown me the complexity of language issues and translation problems and difficulties with nuances.

              So I wish more Japanese speakers/citizens were here to help us understand the subliminal "pressure waves" so to speak. I try but I know I fall far short.

              Its hard enough to interpret english bafflegab! Add the spoken and written nuances of japanese viewed thru the filter of translation and…well, I wonder how much just doesn't get thru.

              Thanks to all here who speak multiple languages!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "A pediatrician in Fukushima-city: “It will be confusing if our result is different from the result by Fukushima Medical University.”

    Isn't that the point of second opinion?
    The result might be different.
    Finding and treating this difference..might mean life or death for the patient.
    What is wrong with the medical profession in Japan?
    They..like all medical professionals around the world..are called upon for their care..far and away from the concerns of politics,personal loyalities or interests.
    Sick…..they are mentally ill..
    Are the people to just die without care?
    This is Crimes Against Humanity.

    • Atomfritz Atomfritz

      I don't know much about Japanese mentality, but:
      Couldn't a different second opinion be detrimental to the "harmony"?

      On the other hand, were the doctors offered money or would they have to do the examinations for free? You know, doctors usually love money…

      • many moons

        Maybe the doctors have been warned to stay away from these individuals as they may have such high levels of contamination the doctors may become contaminated as well. It's no excuse for not finding a way of treated people.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Don't confuse me. My mind is made up.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Didn't find the Dalai Lama's quote about Communism, but I did find this tweet:

    >>>Dalai Lama‏@DalaiLama

    "Since universal compassion involves gradually expanding one’s circle of concern to the whole of humanity, it needs constant cultivation." <<<

  • dka

    One opinion is called FACSISM

  • I don't know where any of you get the idea that American or Canadian doctors wouldn't act any different in similar circumstances. I live in Canada and Doctors will act quite differently after Workers Comp does an audit on them. You most certainly can put pressure on to get a favorable diagnosis. Just there is no nuclear crisis here or in USA. Yet. Doctors have been bought and sold and most will certainly toe the company/government line. They like to drive brand new Beemers, not beat up Chevys. I've had my experiences with Doctors and Lawyers and, apologies to any enenews folk who are either, but they both suck.

    Fukushima is the blueprint for dealing with any nuclear meltdown that may eventually happen in USA and you and I both know that.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Not about Japan. Nuclear plants are littered around the globe. Each one, a powder-keg, ready to go off. You're eating cesium now, and your body will be dealing with it, a lifetime.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      And uranium and plutonium particles, spread worldwide.

      We will be dealing with it, for a very short lifetime.

  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    Interesting, many English speaking Japanese visit enenews but they don't comment much. I've seen a few but…I wonder why… I guess some don't feel as confident in writing but so what!? tbh, I hate writing 🙁

  • arclight arclight

    Thyroid Cancer, Children and the Fukushima Accident

    The Yomiuri Shimbun reported: “In the case of the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Prof. Shinichi Suzuki of Fukushima Medical University believes there is "a low probability" that local children will develop thyroid cancer. He cites restrictions being issued on drinking locally produced milk and tap water soon after they were found to have been contaminated with radioactive material beyond regulated standards as one factor supporting his views.

    Suzuki's opinion is shared by Minoru Kamata, director emeritus at Suwa Central Hospital in Chino, Nagano Prefecture, who offered medical assistance in 1991 in areas hit by the Chernobyl accident. "However, those children who were outdoors just after the nuclear accident [at the Fukushima plant] will need to be checked for possible adverse reactions," he said.


    • arclight arclight

      "…. Tatsuhiko Kodama, head of the University of Tokyo's Radioisotope Center, said it took 20 years for experts to prove that the Chernobyl accident caused the increase in thyroid cancer incidents among the local children. "Epidemiological studies alone take time [to prove a link between a disease and its cause]," he said. "And when we are able to confirm this link, it's usually too late to take countermeasures. "If more and more people in Fukushima Prefecture develop other types of cancers [apart from thyroid], we need to think of other measures, such as providing medical checkups to investigate possible damage to genes," Kodama said…."

      "… “Scientists say a cumulative dose of 500 millisieverts of radiation increases the risk of cancer and that children in the region of the plant consequently face a particularly high risk over the course of their lifetimes. The government's initial raising of the exposure limit for schoolchildren prompted one key nuclear adviser to quit in protest.” At times fighting back tears, Toshio Kosako, a professor at the University of Tokyo and an expert on radiation exposure, told reporters in late April that he was against what he considered inappropriate radiation limits. "I cannot allow this as a scholar," said Kosako, who was appointed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan. "I feel the government response has been merely to bide time."…"

  • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

    Now lets see…My Government/industry radiates me with illegal but lethal dose while insulting my existence with lies and psychopatic fairytales , then a government/industry owned medical proffesional slams the door in my suffering face when i need them to do their job on me as a consequence , denyïng me what i have been paying taxes for all my obedient life. A basic minimum of care from the whole for the individual that feeds it with pieces of its life-energy (money).
    Nope , can't have it , they care only about the prolonged lifespan of the lie. I think the only thing on my mind when going home would be wich one or how many off them fuckers i will take down with me. But i'm just crazy like that…fuckers !