I hope someone might be able to help me identify the funding source(s) for Japan's "Health Fund for Children and Adults Affected by the Nuclear Incident" led by Fukushima Medical University.
I imagine that the Japanese government supports the fund, but I'm interested in identifying which agencies contribute and whether there are international contributors.
This is a link to a site describing the Fukushima Health Management Survey: See http://fmu-global.jp/fukushima-health-management-survey/
Dr. Yamashita was the director of the survey research until he was forced out because of his controversial claims that ionizing radiation would not have negative health impacts if people smiled.[i]
In a Democracy Now interview on 3 June 2011, Aileen Mioko Smith, executive director of Green Action, described problematic comments made by Dr. Yamashita:
[Aileen Mioko Smith]: Yes, we’re very concerned that a health study is starting at the end of this month. This is concerning the effects of the Fukushima residents, on the prefectural citizens. It’s headed by a Dr. Shunichi Yamashita, who’s at the Atomic Bomb Research Institute… He’s widely shown on national TV. He speaks widely in the prefecture, always saying there’s absolutely no concern with the levels of radiation in Fukushima. He says that mothers, even mothers exposed to 100 millisieverts, pregnant mothers, will not have any effect, health effect. Remember the number 100. Compared to that, the Soviet Union required a mandatory evacuation during Chernobyl at five millisieverts. This doctor is quoted as saying, ‘The effects of radiation do not come to people that are happy and laughing. They come to people that are weak-spirited, that brood and fret.’ This is a direct quote. And he’s heading the study. And so, the citizens in Fukushima are very concerned.[ii]Dr. Yamashita was pressed to explain his assertion that no effects from radiation occur when people are happy. He responded to Der Spiegel by claiming that there exists little statistically significant increased rates of cancer for exposure levels under 100 millisieverts.[iii]
Yamashita resigned but the Fukushima Health Management Survey continues, amidst continued controversy.
I want to identify national and international agencies that fund the survey.
Please share any information or thoughts you might have on this subject.
[i] Geoff Brumfiel 20 February 2013 Fukushima health-survey chief to quit post. Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2013.12463 http://www.nature.com/news/fukushima-health-survey-chief-to-quit-post-1.12463
[ii] ‘Japan Admits 3 Nuclear Meltdowns, More Radiation Leaked into Sea.’
[iii] ‘Studying the Fukushima Aftermath: ‘People Are Suffering from Radiophobia’’ (19 August 2011), Der Spiegel, http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,780810,00.html, date accessed 4 September 2011.