Disaster area’s exemption of medical cost will be ended, “Only in Fukushima”

In Fukushima, Some of the disaster victims who joined national health insurance have been exempted from medical cost for 100%, but it will be ended as of 9/30/2012 except for the hazard area.

From October to the end of next March, Japanese government will continue to support 80% of the exemption for the local governments which take over the exemption support by their own cost.

However, 26 locals governments in Fukushima decided to stop the exemption of medical cost for the lack in source of revenue.

Citizens in those 26 cities and towns will not be exempted from medical cost anymore.

In other disaster areas, Miyagi and Iwate prefecture, all the local governments are to continue the exemption support on their own expense.

Disaster victims in Fukushima comment it is unfair though Fukushima is also a disaster area.




Français :

La gratuité des soins va s’arrêter, “Seulement à Fukushima”

A Fukushima, les victimes de la catastrophe affiliées à la Sécurité Sociale japonaise ont été totalement dispensées de payer leurs factures médicales mais cette exemption prendra fin le 30 septembre 2012, sauf dans la zone dangereuse.

D’octobre à fin mars prochain, le gouvernement japonais continuera d’assumer 80% de ces exemptions pour les municipalités qui assument sur leurs fonds propres leur part de cette gratuité.

Toutefois, 26 municipalités de Fukushima ont décidé d’arrêter les remboursements médicaux par manque de ressources financières.

Les gens de ces 26 villes et villages ne seront plus exempts de payer leurs soins.

Dans les autres régions dévastées, les préfectures de Miyagi et Iwate, toutes les municipalités maintiennent la gratuité des soins sur leur propres ressources.

Les victimes de Fukushima de la catastrophe disent que c’est injuste parce que Fukushima est aussi une zone dévastée.


  1. One of the strongest arguments against nuclear power is the fact that they don’t adequately compensate victims when things go wrong. No private insurance company would touch their liability, so governments step in to give them exemption from liability. The assumption is that the government will cover damages instead. But the government is funded by the people, through taxes.

    So, the profits are won by the utilities and the large electricity customers who see nuclear as “cheap.” But the costs and the huge risks are shifted to the general public.

    This whole set-up encourages the utilities to cut corners on safety to the extent that they can persuade their bought-and-paid-for regulators and government officials will allow.

    It stinks. And we should not stand for it.

    1. I agree with ‘anonymous’…. I pray for Japan and the Japanese people and for the author of Fukishima Diaries many times in a week…I send my love and blessings and the ‘lightness’ of being from my heart to soften and perhaps bring a smile in such devastating circumstances..there IS more to come that is good..just don’t ever give up…the light is bright and shiney at the end of this particular tunnel…

      I share this with love and sincerity…God Bless….

    2. “Too cheap to meter”; that appears to be their value, specifically the lack therof, of human life.

      Don’t send them even so much as the lowest fraction of your currency; they don’t deserve it. Actually, it would seem that they don’t deserve even the lowest fraction of currency & probably have at least even odds of not being disciplined enough to manage even that much! :angry:

  2. Federal government should step in to help the local government in this case or force Tepco to compensate for it. After all most of the electricity produced in Fukushima was used in Tokyo.

  3. Just, when cáncers will implosion; Helen Caldicott said, cnacers will began into 2 – 5 years, but in Japan is getting sooner.

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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
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.


September 2012