NPR Reports on Fukushima Trauma and Health Concerns


NPR’s Richard Harris reports on the “emotions triggered by last year’s crisis” with a new piece titled “Trauma, Not Radiation, Is Key Concern In Japan.” The story discusses the psychological health effects experienced by the Japanese people and the degree of their exposure to radiation. John Boice, a cancer epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University, tells Harris “[s]urprisingly, there have been no health effects that have been demonstrated among the Japanese people or among the workers.” Boice adds, “[t]o be sure, there was radiation released. It was about a tenth of what was released from Chernobyl, but most of the releases were blown off to the Pacific Ocean. The winds were blowing to the sea and not to populated areas.”

Click on the audio player below to hear the full story.