TV: “Many young people in Fukushima who are in high school have died suddenly”; Officials “ignore all the problems” — Former Mayor: People are always told “any disease they have is not caused by radiation” (VIDEO)
January 17th, 2014
Democracy Now on location in Japan, Jan. 17, 2014:
At 15:15 in
Yukiko Kameya, Fukushima nuclear refugee: There are 59 children with thyroid problems and there are hundreds more on the way […]
Futaba where I lived is not livable, and the government says so. I know we are never going back in my entire life. But for the Fukushima Prefecture, it still not safe. The radiation level’s still very high [...]
[Govt officials] ignore all the problems we’re having. There are many young people between 15 and 19 in Fukushima who are in high school who have died suddenly. For example, this morning I saw an online story that a 17-year-old died from Leukemia. In the morning when his mother came to wake him up, he was found dead in bed. Everyone says this was caused by the radiation levels from the nuclear accident. But our government never recognized it — and there are 59 children with thyroid cancer, they’ll never recognize it as being caused by the radiation.
At 39:45 in
Katsutaka Idogawa, Futaba’s mayor during 3/11, the town where part of Fukushima Daiichi is located: Another huge issue is those who are forced to live within the greater Fukushima areas do not have access to full health measurement, health treatment, and the kind of support they need. They’re also told that any diseases or sickness that they have is not caused by radiation.