573 deaths ‘related to nuclear crisis

The Yomiuri Shimbun

A total of 573 deaths have been certified as “disaster-related” by 13 municipalities affected by the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.

This number could rise because certification for 29 people remains pending while further checks are conducted.

The 13 municipalities are three cities–Minami-Soma, Tamura and Iwaki–eight towns and villages in Futaba County–Namie, Futaba, Okuma, Tomioka, Naraha, Hirono, Katsurao and Kawauchi–and Kawamata and Iitate, all in Fukushima Prefecture.

These municipalities are in the no-entry, emergency evacuation preparation or expanded evacuation zones around the nuclear plant, which suffered meltdowns soon after the March 11 disaster.

A disaster-related death certificate is issued when a death is not directly caused by a tragedy, but by fatigue or the aggravation of a chronic disease due to the disaster. If a municipality certifies the cause of death is directly associated to a disaster, a condolence grant is paid to the victim’s family. If the person was a breadwinner, 5 million yen is paid.

Applications for certification have been filed for 748 people, and 634 of them have been cleared to undergo screening.

Of the 634, 573 deaths were certified as disaster-related, 28 applications were rejected, four cases had to reapply because of flawed paperwork, and 29 remain pending.

In Minami-Soma, a screening panel of doctors, lawyers and other experts examined 251 applications and approved 234 of them. The panel judged two deaths were not eligible for certification and 15 were put on hold.

“During our examination of the applications, we gave emphasis to the conditions at evacuation sites and how they spent their days before they died,” a city government official said. “However, the screening process was difficult in cases when people had stayed in evacuation facilities for an extended time and when there was little evidence of where they had been taking shelter.”

(Feb. 5, 2012)



「核危機に関連し 573人が死亡」


573人死亡の合計は、読売新聞の調査によると、不自由福島第1原子力発電所危機の影響を受け13市町村による “災害関連”として認定されている。


南相馬、田村、いわき – - 双葉郡の8つの町や村 – 浪江、双葉、大熊、富岡、広野、楢葉、葛尾と川内 – と川俣と飯舘、すべての13市町村の3つの都市である。






申請者の我々の調査の間に、我々は避難所での条件に重点を与え、彼らが死ぬ前にどのように日々を過ごした方法については、市政府の役人は”人々が長時間避難施設に滞在していた、彼らは避難していた場所の​​少し証拠があったとき、ただし、審査プロセスは、実際には非常に困難であった。”と言明している。 (*英文で読んでいただいた方が正確です。)






(2012年2月4日03時00分  読売新聞)


海外版でははっきりと「nuclear crisis’(核災害)」と書き、日本版では「災害」のみ、「核」を消し「震災災害」のように読者をミスリードしている


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