Press Conference by Former Official: I’m bleeding from nose every day, many in Fukushima have similar symptoms — Author: My nose bled for days, it wouldn’t stop; Staff had same problem… Do people want me to lie? I can only write truth — Gov’t: The nosebleeds aren’t caused by nuclear crisis (PHOTO)
May 11th, 2014
Jiji Press, May 10, 2014: Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara has criticized a manga story for linking nosebleeds to exposure to radiation [...] He underscored the importance of keeping unfounded rumors in check [and] that doctors with special knowledge have denied a causal relationship between exposure to radiation after the nuclear accident and nosebleeds.
Mainichi, May 10, 2014: Katsutaka Idogawa, 67, [Futaba's] former mayor [...] is featured in the popular comic series “Oishinbo.” [...] Idogawa says his nose bleeds regularly and that there are many others in Fukushima who have developed similar symptoms. [...] Idogawa told a news conference on May 9 in Tokyo [...] his nose bleeds every day, especially in the mornings. “There is no way I would retract my comments in the manga,” Idogawa said. Responding to Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara [...] Idogawa commented, “The minister has no business with my physical condition.”
Author Tetsu Kariya interview, translated by Toshi Nakamura, Jan. 13, 2014: [...] after I got back [from Fukushima] and was having dinner, I suddenly started bleeding from my nose, and it wouldn’t stop. I thought, “what on Earth?” I’ve rarely ever had a nosebleed so it was quite a shock. After that, I had nosebleeds at night for days after. But when I went to the hospital, they said “there’s currently no medical connection between nosebleeds and radiation” and they severed a capillary in my nose membrane with a laser. Also, after I went, I felt a great deal of fatigue. The staff who went with me and the chief of Futaba-machi suffered from nosebleeds and fatigue. They say the radiation levels are low so there’s no harm, but I wonder about that.
Statement from Tetsu Kariya summarized by Yoshihiro Kaneda, May 7, 2014: It is possible that those who have supported me would walk away from me. I don’t understand why people criticize the truth which I have collected data in Fukushima 2 years and I write it as it is. Do people want to close my eyes against the truth and write something good lies for somebody or other? [...] I can only write the truth. I hate self-deceiving. Today’s Japanese society is surrounded by the atmosphere of hating inconvenient truth and desiring lies of feeling good.