Explanation of the Fukushima Health Survey to Foreign Correspondents
Foreign Press Center Japan (FPCJ) invited delegates from Fukushima Medical University (FMU) to discuss the health and future prospects of Fukushima residents who experienced the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. FMU delegates visited FPCJ headquarters on March 9, 2017. The delegates, who all have positions in FMU’s Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, included: Prof. Koichi Tanigawa, FMU Vice President and Senior Director, Radiation Medical Science Center; Prof. Akira Ohtsuru, Director, Department of the Thyroid Ultrasound Examination; and Prof. Tetsuya Ohira, Director of the Health Promotion Center.
As the Great East Japan Earthquake was complicated by a tsunami and nuclear power plant crisis, the day’s topic was, “Health of Fukushima Residents, Six Years after the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident.” Details pertained to mental and physical health parameters of residents since the disaster, results of thyroid screening for young people, and future challenges, especially, as published in respected academic journals..
FPCJ’s mission is to help foreign correspondents disseminate accurate information from Japan to global audiences. The first briefing to FPCJ on the Fukushima Health Management Survey was held in February, 2016. This second briefing attracted 25 participants, including 17 journalists from Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Spain, and the United States, who posed many thoughtful questions after the presentation.
Video coverage of the briefing can be viewed at:.