26 September, 2017
"The situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station is so serious!"
"People are sick because of radioactivity."
Sae Ochi, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. Lecturer, Department of Laboratory Medicine, The Jikei University School of Medicine Attending Physician, Soma Central Hospital On September 15, those were the top two articles from a Google Japan search in Japanese for "Fukushima" plus "radioactivity." Objective data, including a map of radioactivity distributions, was third. I cannot but feel that unfounded fears and rumors about Fukushima remain firmly rooted. And speaking out against them—about the calm recognition of facts and correct knowledge—is not enough to eliminate the vague sense of terror associated with Fukushima. That is what we have learned over the past seven years. No matter how they are explained, and no matter how easy they are to understand, ‘facts’ cannot always be conveyed. Tha...more
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7 June, 2017
Sae Ochi, MD, MPH, PhD Lecturer, Department of Laboratory Medicine, The Jikei University Shchool of Medicine Attending Physician, Soma Central Hospital "I come from Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture." When using those words to introduce myself to others who live outside the prefecture, I am often confronted with various facial expressions that are hard to describe. Some people seem to be wondering to themselves if it is all right to smile, as they are worried that they might be viewed as being discriminatory. Meanwhile, others wonder whether it is OK to talk about radiation, even though that is what immediately comes to their minds [when they hear the name Fukushima]. Anyway, those are the sorts of expressions I see on the faces of people when I tell them where I am from, indicatin...more