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Health Effects of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128240984

Health Effects of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

1st Edition

Editors: Kenji Kamiya Hitoshi Ohto Masaharu Maeda
Paperback ISBN: 9780128240984
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st December 2021
Page Count: 320
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Health Effects of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster provides a multidisciplinary retrospective on the health consequences on the population the first decade after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Sections 1 and 2 of the book begins with an introduction and an overview of the developments surrounding the Fukushima accident. Section 3 discusses topics such as the physical health impact of radiation exposure as well as diseases that resulted from long-term evacuation. Section 4 examines the psychological factors and the social impact of the disaster and how their combined influence affected the physical and mental wellness of the population. The book concludes with Section 5 which covers the mitigation strategy for treatment and care of psychological health issues resulting from the disaster. The book contains expert contributions from those who have first-hand experience in the recovery efforts and are still actively researching the impact of the disaster. Health Effects of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster provides readers with a coherent, multi-dimensional narrative about the physical, psychosocial, and psychological aspects of the decade-long aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Key Features

  • Provides information based on evidence obtained through scientific methods such as long-term epidemiological surveys and case studies
  • Examines the indirect health impact, especially psychosocial effects, caused by technological disasters like nuclear accidents
  • Includes contributions from experts in the field who participated in the recovery efforts and are currently researching the health impact of the Fukushima disaster


Health, public health, and mental health professionals; radiological and nuclear emergency preparedness and response community; disaster investigators and researchers

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. Development of Fukushima disaster

III. Physical issues
1. Initial turmoil in emergency medical settings
2. Radiation dose after the disaster
3. Thyroid cancer and related issues
4. Radiological influence on pregnancy
5. Lifestyle related diseases caused by long-term evacuation
6. Health effects of A-bombing in 1945: lessons from epidemiological studies

IV. Psychosocial issues
7. Posttraumatic responses and related issues
8. Suicide-related issues among affected people
9. Alcohol-related issues among affected people
10. Psychological influence on affected children in Fukushima
11. Mental health issues among aged people
12. Mental health issues among people having thyroid tumor
13. Risk perception and related issues
14. Influence of different Media, producing stigma
15. Crisis and resilience of local communities
16. Psychosocial issues caused by Fukushima disaster: comparative perspective with Chernobyl accident

V. Mitigation of Psychological Health Issues
17. Mental health care for young mothers and their children
18. Telephone intervention
19. Community-based care in Kawauchi Village
20. Psychiatric treatments in clinical settings
21. Psychological care for TEPCO workers


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About the Editors

Kenji Kamiya

Dr. Kamiya Kenji is a vice president of both Hiroshima University (HU) and Fukushima Medical University (FMU). He graduated from Hiroshima University School of Medicine in 1977 and completed a PhD in pathology in 1986. He joined HU's Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine to focus on radiation biology, radiation carcinogenesis, and radiation emergency medicine. He became a professor of the Institute in 1996 and served as its director for four terms (2001-2005 and 2009-2013). Since 2004, Dr. Kamiya has directed HU's Radiation Emergency Medicine Promotion Center. After the nuclear accident in Fukushima, he was appointed as a radiation health risk management advisor to Fukushima Prefecture, and thereafter a vice president of Fukushima Medical University. In 2016, he assumed the directorship of FMU's Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice President, Hiroshima University (HU) and Fukushima Medical University (FMU), Japan

Hitoshi Ohto

Professor Emeritus Ohto is General Vice President of Fukushima Medical University (FMU). He graduated from FMU (MD) in 1977 and finished PhD thesis of medicine in 1984 at the University of Tokyo. His research focuses chiefly on fetomaternal micro-transfusion and its consequences to mother and child, including transmission of pathogens and alloimmune responses. He has studied mother-to-infant transmission of hepatitis viruses, and infantile and maternal microchimerism during and after pregnancy. He has contributed to world-wide transfusion safety initiatives, especially the prevention of transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease, which is uniformly fatal, by introducing universal irradiation of cellular transfusion components at FMU in 1989, first in the world. He guest edited a collection of articles with the theme “Disasters and Transfusion” in an international journal. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers in international top journals. He is currently serving in the Fukushima Health Management Survey as General Vice Director.

Affiliations and Expertise

General Vice President, Fukushima Medical University (FMU), Fukushima, Japan

Masaharu Maeda

Professor Maeda is Professor and Chair of the Department of Disaster Psychiatry at the Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine in Fukushima, Japan. Professor Maeda received his medical degree at Kurume University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan, and completed his residency training in psychiatry at Kurume University Hospital. He later returned to his alma mater in 1996 as Associate Professor, before assuming his current roles. Professor Maeda served as President of Japanese Society of Traumatic Stress Studies from 2009 to 2013. He has been actively involved in providing psychiatric examinations and organizing psychiatric intervention teams for survivors of several major disasters that have occurred in Japan, particularly man-made disasters. Professor Maeda’s current clinical and research interests lie in the widespread psychosocial effects resulting from the Fukushima nuclear accident. As Assistant Manager of the Fukushima Center for Disaster Mental Health, he is leading the Mental Health and Life Style Survey to facilitate the adequate care of resident who are at risk of developing mental health problems following the complicated nuclear accident.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chair, Department of Disaster Psychiatry, Fukushima Medical University (FMU), School of Medicine, Fukushima, Japan

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