MHLW ignores the medical statistics of Fukushima and a part of Miyagi

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) conducts a patient survey every 3 years.

However, it turned out that they eliminated the data of Fukushima and a part of Miyagi from their statistics this time.

Since a few weeks ago, this “harmful rumor” has been spreading on the internet.



11/21/2011, according to the survey of medical association of each local government, since this April to October, leukemia cases have increased by 7 times over last year.

Having this result, the chairman of medical association, Haranaka Katsumasa, said that the connection between this unusual increase of leukemia cases and the Fukushima accident is not clear, but once they figure out the reason, they will announce it.

60% of the total leukemia cases are acute leukemia. This is the highest ratio since 1978, when they started taking this survey.
80% of the patients are from Northern Japan and the Kanto area. Fukushima has the highest rate while Ibaraki, Tochigi, Tokyo follow.

Though it is very detailed and sounds authorized, Japan Medical Association denied this information on its web site.

To clear up this “confusion”, a Japanese citizen asked Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for the truth, to which they replied that they take all patients statistics but that this year they eliminated the data from Fukushima and a part of Miyagi from the whole statistics report.

They say it is to support the reconstruction of Fukushima and Miyagi, but we all know that in reality abandoning the survey only makes the situation worse.

On 3/11, earthquake and Tsunami hit Miyagi and Iwate for most of the part while Fukushima suffers from radiation mostly.

If they really wanted to try to “help reconstruction efforts” (sic), they should eliminate the data of those three prefectures, with Iwate and Miyagi given a higher priority.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare does not give any more specific reasons why.



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I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


December 2011