3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake

Back to Index

Date : February 22, 2016

Video Report: “Health Effects from TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident” by Dr. Koichi Tanigawa and Dr. Akira Otsuru, Fukushima Medical University

post date : 2016.02.24

Nearly five years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. In Fukushima Prefecture, which suffered heavily from this nuclear disaster, decontamination efforts and monitoring of radiation levels are continuing, and projects to monitor the physical and mental health of residents over the long term have also been implemented. One such project is the Fukushima Health Management Survey at Fukushima Medical University, which studies the physical and mental health effects of radiation. The survey started in June 2011, three months after the accident, at the request of the Fukushima prefectural government.


The FPCJ invited two doctors from Fukushima Medical University involved in carrying out this health survey to speak about the results of the survey so far, future issues, and the role Fukushima Medical University is expected to play.


The briefing had a total of 55 participants, including 38 journalists from France, Germany, South Korea, USA, etc., and 7 embassy representatives.



[Material distributed at the press briefing]

(1)Health Effects from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, 5 Years Later

(2)Report of the Fukushima Health Management Survey revised version (February 17, 2016)

(3)Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima (The Lancet, Vol 386 August 1, 2015)

(4)Towards long-term responses in Fukushima (The Lancet, Vol 386 August 1, 2015)

(5)Long-term effects of rediation exposure on health (The Lancet, Vol 386 August 1, 2015)

(6)Health effects of rediation and other health problems in the aftermath of nuclear accidents, with emphasis on Fukushima (The Lancet, Vol 386 August 1, 2015)

(7)Nuclear disasters and health lessons learned, challanges, and proposals (The Lancet, Vol 386 August 1, 2015)



Dr. Koichi Tanigawa, Senior Director of Fukushima Medical University

  Radiation Medical Science Center for the FukushimaHealth Management Survey

Dr. Akira Otsuru, Head of Fukushima Medical University Thyroid Examination Section




If you have published an article, photo, or a program based on our press briefing report, please provide us with the (1) title of article(s) or product(s), (2) author’s name, (3) published/broadcast date of your report, and (4) a copy of or a link to your report (if available) via email ( cp[at]fpcjpn.or.jp ).

*Please replace “at” with “@” when you send the Email.

About Us
Covering Japan
News Resources
Activity Reports
Reaching the Press