Osaka Hospital Official: “I advise people to keep records of any changes in their health conditions” after Fukushima disaster

Published: September 28th, 2012 at 9:08 am ET
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(Subscription Only) Title: Fukushima residents failing to complete radiation-dose paperwork
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Date: Sept 28, 2012

Critical data is missing for two-thirds of children tested for thyroid problems in Fukushima Prefecture, because their families have failed to declare the children’s hour-by-hour whereabouts during the immediate post-disaster period.

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Absence of a dose estimate could make people ineligible for compensation if they later develop serious problems such as thyroid cancer, because of an inability to establish a cause.

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If Fukushima Prefecture residents develop cancer of the thyroid gland in the future, authorities will determine the likelihood of the disease being linked to the nuclear disaster. They will base the decision on comprehensive assessments of individual doses and any increase in the cancer rate in the wider community.

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“Dose estimates are essential for evaluating a causal relationship between disease and radiation in those cases where people unfortunately fall ill and consider applying for compensation,” said Saburo Murata, deputy director of the Hannan Chuo Hospital in Osaka Prefecture.

In the past, Murata has helped atomic bomb survivors and nuclear plant workers apply for health compensation.

“I advise people to keep records of any changes in their health conditions and their whereabouts, including from now on,” he said.

“If Fukushima Prefecture residents develop cancer”… Is this an indication that other prefectures will be excluded from coverage?

“[A]uthorities will determine the likelihood of the disease being linked to the nuclear disaster. They will base the decision on comprehensive assessments of individual doses and any increase in the cancer rate in the wider community.” … More about this here: Atlantic: Is gov't trying to contaminate every region of Japan by burning radioactive debris? "If everyone is 'contaminated,' then, in a relative sense, no one is"

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7 comments to Osaka Hospital Official: “I advise people to keep records of any changes in their health conditions” after Fukushima disaster

  • Anthony Anthony

    Right action. The medical professionals have to stand by the people to get through this disaster.


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      The problem is that most of them are NOT standing by the victims. Most do not even know what to look for, much less how to deal with it.

      From news reports, doctors in Japan are being 'advised' to ignore all signs of radiation contamination, and not test for INTERNAL radiation exposure levels.

      Now the nuke industry has a strong legal defense of 'no harm' because no one has any evidence.. bingo, case won.


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    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      It's a little late to advise people to keep their records. Children tested for radiation (the dosimiters in school, etc.) are not told the results. Medical examinations right after the disaster in Fuku Medical University: "No problem, You're OK. Beat it…" and never allowed to get a copy of the exam results. Blood/urine tests were not added to medical records.

      The response of the medical community under government direction has been to deny possible effects, hide results or have any collective results filtered through the medical Gestapo at Fuku Medical University. Its all about limiting liability, not saving lives.

      Good for this Osaka Hospital official, but advising someone living in a cardboard box who as been denied testing, treatment or records to 'keep records of any changes in their health conditions' at this point is useless. What are they going to do with a self-recorded history of their deteriorating health?

      The Japanese government has already effectively erased the public health records related to Fukushima. There is no proof that anyone was harmed. Even the bodies of the irradiated Fukushima workers are gone.

      Genocide is best kept secret, otherwise people start getting all upset about it.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We got, and are keeping records in the U.S …everyone should, because hot particles, Cesuim, and other stuff from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster has traveled very far. Our findings will be going to Gundersen.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Summary of Negative Health Effects Of Low Dose Radiation On Children Around Chernobyl; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/low-dose-chernobyl-and-fukushima.html

    Tokyo; is it safe to live in or visit? via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/tokyo-is-it-safe-to-visit-or-live-in.html

    When the chief medical doctor starts framing this disaster properly, then the medical community can start taking some credit for helping.

    From what we have heard, people are not getting help, just denials, spin, run arounds, recommendations to keep smiling, and no effective testing to find out what the REAL internal radiation exposure is.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    What this sounds like, is blaming the VICTIMS.

    Who is responsible for measuring radiation in exposed populations, and tracking them 'hour by hour' if that is required due to a preventable nuclear 'accident'?

    Is it up to the resident victims, who are losing everything; homes, land, families, history, heritage, community, jobs, livelihoods, health and more? How are they supposed to measure their own radiation exposure, AND get internal radiation measurements, (despite the medical community and hospitals refusing to provide these for those who asked for it)?

    Doesn't this almost sound like a male rapist blaming the woman victim, because she did not scream loud enough, or fight hard enough, or whatever?


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  • Jebus

    If you don't eat your meat, how can you have any pudding?

    The blame is being put squarely upon the victim's shoulders.

    Fukushima residents failing to complete radiation-dose paperwork

    Critical data is missing for two-thirds of children tested for thyroid problems in Fukushima Prefecture, because their families have failed to declare the children's hour-by-hour whereabouts during the immediate post-disaster period.

    Investigators need residence records for the four months following March 11, 2011, when radioactive fallout was high from a nuclear disaster and ingested iodine isotopes could have damaged the thyroid glands of growing children.

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201209280064

    The A-Holes turned off Speedi and blame the residents for not providing complete and accurate information. WTF!


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