Online Program

Selective abortion and radioactive contamination in Japan

Monday, November 2, 2015

Toru Furui, PhD, PT., Department of physical thrapy, Osaka Kawasaki Rehabilitation University, Kaizuka, Japan
Masayo Furui, Ms, Society for Health and Life of people with Cerebral Palsy, Osaka, Japan
Sestuko Kida, Ms, a refugee from Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan
The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11th 2011. The tsunami reached shore 49 minutes later. Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant was hit and 7 minutes later lost all power and control over the reactors. We know now that 4 hours later, the nuclear meltdown had already started. The first explosion occurred one day after the loss of power. Tragic environments that a thousands of children with disabilities and sicknesses live with as the result of the mega earthquake and the Tsunami followed by the nuke accident in Fukushima continues.  Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey reported the results of Thyroid Ultrasound Examination on 7 February 2014. 75 suspicious or malignant cases were found including 34surgical cases, one of benign nodules, 32 papillay adenocarcinoma, one suspicious for poorly differentiated cartinoma. Whenever Japanese parents fume over Fukushima radiation, they stressed their baby’s abnormality as the results of tragedy. And it has been long time debating the parental dilemma whether or not to have a baby from the fear of radiation after 311 in Fukushima. From April 2013, government approved 26 flagship hospitals to conduct the noninvasive prenatal genetic testing (NIPT) which will results of increasing number of selective abortion of babies with disabilities, as same as phenomenological dilemma people in US were already faced.  Many people with disabilities have felt and do feel real threat to life. Violence against people with disability in Japan continues, or accelerates after 311.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe aborted cases in Fukushima, discuss increasing women's fears for abnormalities , and list factors impacting on decision of selective abortion.

Keyword(s): Decision-Making, Abortion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the co-principal of NPO supported project focusing on local community at affected area of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for preventing malpractice and misunderstanding in place.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.