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London and Tokyo declaration to TEPCO on #Fukushima #nuclear disaster health effects for 28th September 2018

It is not a secret that nuclear radiation is dangerous. Not only does it cause cancer, even seemingly small amounts of the stuff can be lethal. Exposure to high enough levels can be deadly in frighteningly short period of time. But for the survivors of the Fukushima disaster, and those living in surrounding areas, radiation and cancer aren’t the only health concerns. New research has shown that in communities nearest the power plant, cases of type 2 diabetes are on the rise.

Researchers have been analyzing the secondary health effects of the nuclear disaster, which took place seven year ago now. Dr. Masaharu Tsubokura, from the Department of Radiation Protection at Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital in Fukushima, has been working alongside other researchers to better understand the full scope of Fukushima’s health consequences. Their findings indicate both an increase in the number of cases, and a rise in severity of, health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and depression.

Dr. Tsubokura says that the social disruption caused by the evacuation has played and under-reported role on public health. As the research reveals, the elderly in particular have been hardest hit by the disaster – especially when it comes to diabetes. In the wake of Fukushima, “diabetes trumps radiation as a threat to life expectancy by a factor of 33,” souces say.

This is not to say that diabetes is more dangerous than radiation – but the finding shows that the number of people being affected by diabetes post-disaster is surprising high. The risk of type 2 diabetes, and poor diabetes management, as an indirect effect of the nuclear spill is substantial………..

Some research from Ukraine has documented a staggering increase in cases of diabetes and other non-cancer endocrine disorders. Even 30 years after the Chernobyl power plant incident, increased cases of diabetes and other conditions in survivors are still being documented. Scientists from the Ukraine reported in 2017 that levels of diabetes in radiation-exposed survivors ( Including site clean-up workers) remain noticeably higher than the rest of the population.

This finding could raise questions about the purported increase of diabetes in Fukushima survivors. While scientists say that this increase is due to the massive social disruption caused by the evacuation , one might wonder  if there’s more to it than that. As the Ukrainian scientists note, research has shown that the endocrine system may be more affected by exposure to radiation than previously thought.

The idea that an increase in diabetes could be related to radiation exposure and not just lifestyle changes alone isn’t all that far-fetched, is it?

With strong solidarity with the Japanese Anti-Nuclear movement including every Friday evening Anti-Nuclear Power demo in front of the Prime Minister’s residence and the Diat in Tokyo, we, Japanese Against Nuclear-UK and CND are planning to organise the monthly vigil and leafleting including Statement-Read-Out to Japanese Prime Minster and TEPCO on 28th Sept 2018.

Our Friday action in front of the Japanese Embassy starts from 10:30 AM and Read-Out of the statement from 11:30 AM. After handing in a copy of the statement to the Embassy, we wll move onto the TEPCO office. ( 14-18 Holborn near Chancery Lane Tube station). There will be vigil/leafleting and Statement Read-Out to TEPCO. A copy of the statement will be posted to the TEPCO HQ in Tokyo.


Further resources

Chernobyl London meeting (27 April 2013) Speech by Tamara Krasitskava from Zemlyaki

On Sunday the 27 April 2013 in a little room somewhere off Grays Inn road London, a meeting took place. In this meeting was Ms Tamara Krasitskava of the Ukrainian NGO “Zemlyaki”.

In this meeting she quoted that only 40 percent of the evacuees that moved to Kiev after the disaster are alive today! And lets leave the statistics out of it for a moment and we find out of 44,000 evacuated to Kiev only 19,000 are left alive. None made it much passed 40 years old

…..3.2 million with health effects and this includes 1 million children…

T .Kraisitskava

“….I was told to not talk of the results from Belarus as the UK public were not allowed to know the results we were finding!….”

A.Cameron (Belarus health worker from UK)

* A draft movie report from Chernobyl Day meeting is now ready. It’s a speech by Tamara Krasitskava from Ukraine. She is a chairperson of Zemlyaki, Ukraine NGO in Kiev to represent evacuees from Pripyat city.

Uploaded on 1 May 2013

* Tamara Krasitskava is a chairperson of Zemlyaki, Ukraine NGO in Kiev to represent those who had to collectively evacuate from Pripyat
* Speech was done by Russian, and interpreted into English.
* Chernobyl Day London Public Meeting was organized by “JAN UK” on Sat 27 April 2013.…
* The nuclear accident happened on Saturday 26 April 1986, 1:23am. It was, for the most of he residents, midnight of Friday 25 April.



September 26, 2018 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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