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A First: Medical Data Obtained from Minami-soma Municipal General Hospital in Fukushima

Sean Arclight commenting: “Health statistics from Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital seems to prove cancers and other health issues are on the rise in Fukushima.
In Japan there are new laws to stop medical staff releasing data on health effects that may be caused by the nuclear disaster. This new controvertial law (against the supposed new open transparency purported by the nuclear industry post Fukushima disaster) was enacted in late 2013 and threatens to imprison or give huge fines to medical staff. This makes verification difficult.
These statisitcs are for a relatively small area covered by the Minamisoma General Hospital within the Fukushima Prefecture.
As we now have the statistics we can challenge the authorities to deny or confirm the figures. If they deny the figures and later it comes to light, then at least we will have someone to hold responsible and to question further. This is the best we can do with whistleblowers from Japans health workers and it is important to publish the claims as we are doing here.
There has been a long fight over health issues caused by radiation and toxicity from the destroyed nuclear plant. The authorities have constantly denied “rumours” of nosebleeds, skin rashes and childrens Thyroid cancers over the past 7 years or so. Some of these “rumours” are slowly being proven true and the nuclear industry also has co-opted the psychological effects, blaming the victims weakness and ignorance instead of the psychological effects of trauma caused by the huge industrial accident and its consequences.
A recent UN report has highlighted how corporations often play down any physical and mental health issues caused by these sorts of industrial contamination, writing off any direct links to toxicity and mental health especuially.
Another report has highlighted that micro particles (thought to be harmless until around 10 years ago) can penetrate the blood brain Barrier and we can anticipate some mental impacts from these toxins entering the very sensitive brain tissues.
The new UN report has highlighted that Fukushima decontamination workers and the local communities concerns are often ignored and should be taken into account instead.
Also, many of the workers at the plant may fall outside regular health checks into the future because of the nature of their contracts and the illegal practises of contractors that has been present in japan for many decades. Thus, skewing the actual health effects to workers toiling in such contaminated environments.”
Minamisōma is about 25 kilometres (16 miles) north of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, the site of the nuclear accident that followed the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Much of the city lies within the 30 kilometer mandated evacuation zone near the plant, and thus most of the residents were forced to leave.
In March 2012, the city was divided into three zones: in the first, people were free to go in and out but not allowed to stay overnight; in the second, access was limited to short visits; and in the third area, all entry was forbidden because of elevated radiation levels that were not expected to go down within five years after the accident.
On April 15, 2012 some of people of Minamisōma were able to return to their homes when the evacuation zone was reduced from 30 kilometers to 20 kilometers from the reactors, with the exception of a wide area on the western border of the city with the town of Namiie. At the time the evacuation order was lifted the centre of city was still scattered with ruins and lacked electricity and running water, while schools and hospitals remained closed.
On July 12, 2016 the evacuation order was lifted for all areas of the city except the western border region with Namiie; this permitted all of the remaining evacuees (with the exception of one household) to return home. In August of the same year, elementary schools and junior high schools, which has been closed since 2011, were allowed to reopen.
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The lawyer Ken’ichi IDO got these data from a member of the Minami-soma municipal council who himself obtained these data from the Minamisoma municipal hospital.
Ken’ichi IDO’s group of lawyers intend to submit the data to the court as evidence for the ongoing trial, “Trial to get the children out of the irradiation “(Kodomo datsu hibaku saiban).
We were worried that Fukushima might be a Chernobyl, which sparked health damage to residents. However, the country and Fukushima prefecture did not have a health investigation except for pediatric thyroid cancer.
At this time, Mr. Kōichi Oyama, a member of the Minami- Soma City Council, obtained data from the Minami-soma municipal general hospital.
“The shocking data came out: when year 2010 and year 2017 year were compared, there were 29 times more of adult thyroid cancer, 10.8 times more of leukemia, 4.2 times more of lung cancer, 4 times more of pediatric cancer, 3.98 times more of pneumonia, 3.97 times of myocardial infarction, 3.92 times more of liver cancer, 2.99 times more of large intestine cancer, 2.27 times more of stomach cancer, and 3.52 times more of stroke.
There is not a lot of data for sure, but it is necessary to be careful to short-circuited the entire hospital data. We should also consider the effects of closed-down medical institutions, reducing population, aging of residents, and physical fatigue and mental stress, accompanied by a tsunami or nuclear accident.
However, the number of patients in the hospital was compared, 70,878 people in fiscal year 2010, and in fiscal year 2017 they did not increase. Population over 65 years old in Minami-soma city in 2010 was 18,809, and in 2017 it was 18,452, and it has not increased.
Stress also seems to have been more serious in the early days, but the number of patients continues to be consistent for these 7 years.
We are planning to submit this evidence on the date of our oral argumentation in court (October 16) in order to raise this important medical issue.”
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Source: Ken’ichi IDO

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October 13, 2018 - Posted by | Fukushima 2018 | , ,

7 Comments »

  1. UPDATE ; There is some doubts on how the figures accrued so high. An expert moved to the hospital and there were more people then going there.. Also, the movement of people through the hospital and locality have also caused some issues with the raw figures. The situation is being looked into and hopefully we will get an update on this data more useful to epidemiologists ..WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE!

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    私が10月7日に書き込み、拡散をお願いしました南相馬市立総合病院の主傷病者名のデータの意味することについて、阿部憲一氏から重大な疑義が呈されています。私としましても事実関係を確認しないと軽率な判断はできません。明日には事実確認をした上で報告したいと思いますので、それまで上記10月7日付書き込みの拡散はお控えいただきますよう、お願いいたします。
    On October 7, I was asked to write and spread, and there is a serious question from Kenichi Abe about the meaning of data of the sick and sick name of the south soma municipal general hospital. I really can’t make careless decisions if I don’t look at the facts. I would like to report it to you tomorrow, so I would like to ask you to refrain from spreading the date on October 7, until then.

    Comment by arclight2011part2 | October 16, 2018 | Reply

  2. The Minamisoma city council verified with the Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital business office that the data in question represents cumulative patient visits. Once a patient is registered through the hospital system with a certain diagnosis, subsequent visits are counted cumulatively for accounting purposes unless the patient’s information is removed from the system due to reasons such as death or transfer to another hospital. The city council chair has issued a written warning to the city council member Koichi Oyama who originally disseminated the data. (Source: Hirono town council member, Kenichi Abe)

    Comment by Yuri Hiranuma (@YuriHiranuma) | October 22, 2018 | Reply

    • Thank you for this clarification.

      Comment by dunrenard | October 22, 2018 | Reply

  3. Can you please enlighten me as to which law this might be?

    “In Japan there are new laws to stop medical staff releasing data on health effects that may be caused by the nuclear disaster. This new controvertial law (against the supposed new open transparency purported by the nuclear industry post Fukushima disaster) was enacted in late 2013 and threatens to imprison or give huge fines to medical staff.”

    Comment by Yuri Hiranuma (@YuriHiranuma) | October 23, 2018 | Reply

    • in 2013, when the Special Secrecy Protection Act on State Security was adapted, there was a Law promoted for the Registration of Cancers. This law is accompanied by some bans supposedly to protect personal info. In truth that law was passed to enable the Japanese government to block any future release of Fukushima medical records to the public.

      Comment by dunrenard | October 25, 2018 | Reply

      • Thank you for the information. Please allow me to clarify a few points.

        First, the law you are referring to is the Law on Promotion of Cancer Registry (https://www.mhlw.go.jp/web/t_doc?dataId=78ab3706&dataType=0&pageNo=1) that was passed as part of the implementation of the mandatory national cancer registry system that began on January 1, 2016. Japan’s cancer registry system has been lagging behind other countries due to the absence of the national cancer registry database. This Law has no direct connection with the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets (http://www.japaneselawtranslation.go.jp/law/detail/?id=2543&vm=04&re=01).

        Second, the Law on Promotion of Cancer Registry does set penalties in leaking personal medical information obtained for the purpose of the national and regional cancer registry. The penalty, a fine ranging from 300,000 to 1,000,000 yen or imprisonment of 6 months to 2 years, applies to those who might come in contact with such personal medical information, such as staff at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as well as the National Cancer Center, prefectural government staff, and any other support and clerical staff involved with processing the data.

        The penalty of imprisonment, seemingly harsh, is actually not unique to this Law in Japan. Article 134 of Japan’s Penal Code states, “When a physician, pharmacist, pharmaceuticals distributor, midwife, attorney, defense counsel, notary public or any other person formerly engaged in such profession disclose, without justifiable grounds, another person’s confidential information which has come to be known in the course of such profession, imprisonment with work for not more than 6 months or a fine of not more than 100,000 yen shall be imposed.” (http://www.japaneselawtranslation.go.jp/law/detail/?id=1960)

        Third, this Law has NOTHING to do with the data made public by the Minamisoma city council member, Koichi Oyama, who obtained fiscal cumulative data on specific diseases from the hospital business office. Technically, it’s not even a leak. The written warning Oyama received from the city council chair is apparently related to how Oyama released the data without mentioning the fact it is cumulative data, causing confusion. Contrary to this post (https://dunrenard.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/added-development-in-the-medical-data-obtained-from-minami-soma-municipal-general-hospital-in-fukushima/), it is not impossible to verify the fact that the data released by Oyama represents cumulative patient visits, as the hospital business office can explain details of the data extracted.

        Comment by Yuri Hiranuma (@YuriHiranuma) | October 26, 2018

  4. Yuri, thank you for that information. Namaste

    Comment by arclight2011part2 | November 1, 2018 | Reply


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