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Understorey: Care or Neglect? Fukushima’s Silent Fallout

Wednesday 18th December / presented by Elizabeth PO’ Adrian Glamorgan

Shrugging off current radiation risks in favour of “revitalisation,” Japanese government and medical authorities want people to stop worrying about the unfolding Daiichi nuclear accident.  They call for customary stoic responses to natural disaster, and brush aside requests for comprehensive medical checks and evacuation of children. Does the government’s business-as-usual approach constitute a plan of care, or neglect? And how should people manage the confusion?

We speak with residents and evacuees from Fukushima.  They wonder how to cope with the health implications of being too close to a nuclear accident, and the ongoing psychological stresses of not being given enough information.

We speak with Peter Underwood from the Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Taka Honda from World Network for Saving Children from Radiation, volunteers from Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Children’s Rights, Toshio Inoue from the Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial,  fallout “refugees” Takako Shishido and Hiroko Tsusuki, as well as health professionals Yohei Yoshitake, Teruaki Matsushima, Ikuko Watabe, Kenichi Hasegawa.

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