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Great East Japan Earthquake – Five years later

  • January 9, 2017
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Monday evening’s “NHK Special” reported on the situation in Fukushima Prefecture more than five years after the March 11 disaster. The program said a world-class medical magazine published data last year that was compiled by Japanese doctors showing that the suicide rate in Fukushima has been rapidly increasing since 2015, four years after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The program said there are about 150 calls a day in Fukushima from people seeking counseling, which is more than three times higher than in other prefectures. According to a professor, many of the callers are suffering from what is known as “ambiguous loss” since there has been no clear ending to the nuclear disaster. The program also reported on outreach efforts in Fukushima to support isolated elderly people.

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