Tries to Save Fukushima Children
To protect children in Fukushima Prefecture, Rev. Eihito Tsuboi of the
World Missions Center and specified non-profit corporation “Fukushima,
Water for Life” has devoted himself to provide safe water and food to
the children. He also plans to establish a rest center near Koriyama City
in Fukushima to help reduce the radiation absorbed dose from children
• NHK of Japan sent a director to research the states of health of children in Ukraine, where the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was located and broadcast a documentary in August, 2013. Tsuboi watched it and talked about it. According to the documentary, 22 % of the children were in good health, 78 % of them had chronic diseases including thyroid cancer, immune deficit, heart disease, and cerebrovascular disorders.
• In Fukushima, 113 children developed thyroid cancer by the end of 2014, and 97 out of 113 children had surgery to remove their thyroid gland. The cancer is not life threatening; however, removal of the thyroid gland causes hormonal imbalance and develops many kinds of diseases such as growth disturbance and early aging. Tsuboi said that the Japanese government has issued a statement that the cause of thyroid cancer in Fukushima was so far unlikely to be related to the radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi.
• After the Fukushima Daiichi’s incident,
residents within 20 km (12.5 miles) were evacuated by the government.
It also decided to evacuate the residents of Iidate Village, which was
located 50 km (31 miles) away from Daiichi, because the village’s air
dose was 3.8 micro Sieverts/hour and yearly exposure dose was over 20
milli Sieverts. Iidate Village was the last evacuation order by the Japanese
• In Ukraine, a Chernobyl law has been established. Under the law, residents are evacuated when the area’s air dose is between 0.58 and 0.6 micro Sieverts, and yearly exposure dose is over 5 milli Sieverts. Residents receive free medical care when the area’s air dose is between 0.23 and 0.58 micro Sieverts. Residents have the right to evacuate themselves with the government’s aid when the area’s air dose is under 0.1 micro Sieverts.
• In Koriyama City in Fukushima, its air dose is between 0.2 and 0.3 micro Sieverts, and some areas’ yearly exposure doses are more than 5 milli Sieverts. The level of the dose is similar to an X-ray room and inside of a nuclear power plant. Tsuboi said that about 200,000 children were living in such an exposure dose environment.
• In Ukraine, children who live in air
dose of 0.23 micro Sieverts spend a certain period in a resort where radioactivity
is natural, to reduce their radiation absorbed dose by half.
• Tsuboi said that the Japanese government
should take the same measures to take care of Fukushima children.
• One action is protecting children from
internal exposure by providing the safe water and food.
• Tsuboi’s biggest project is building
a rest center for the children. He found a natural radioactivity area
located just 20 km (12.5 miles) from Koriyama City. It is south of Inawashiro
lake and ideal environment for camping.
• Tsuboi said, “Human beings, the country, or contemporary medical science cannot save Fukushima children. It’s a really irrational thing. I want to be a children’s dream and live my rest of life for the children.”
• He is going to raise 2 billion
yen (about 16.7 million dollars) by 2020, mainly through Baptist Foundation
of Illinois. For more information, contact doug.morrow@BAPTISTFOUNDATIONIL.org.
Rev. Eihito Tsuboi