The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry yesterday released its monthly vital statistics of February 2012: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/toukei/saikin/hw/jinkou/geppo/m2012/02.html
- The number of death was up 12.5 percent (=12695 people) compared to the same month of the year before
- The number of death caused by Malignant Neoplasm was up 7.7% (=2066 people) from the same month of the year before
- The number caused by cardiac disease was up 14.6% (=2585 people)
It’s a report of the investigation on population shift and causes of death of the year before and January and February of this year.
It can provide valuable figure how much the extremely large amount of fallout released from Fukushima Daiichi damaged public health and life.
The “cause specific death rate” deserves careful attention.
The figure might give the creeps to some people.
In fact, the data shows that the number of death increased by 12.5% and the number of death caused by cardiac disease increased by 14.6% after the Fukushima nuclear accident.
What does the extreme increase of mortality caused by cardiac disease mean?
Dr.Yury Bandazhevsky of Belarus examined the people exposed to radiation and the people who had died of Chernobyl and clinically identified the association between Cesium radiation and cardiac disease.
We can’t either determine or deny the morbidity and mortality increased only because of radiation released from Fukushima Daiichi.
We need to pay attention to the next months’ vital statistics to figure this out.
What is needed most is clinical or epidemiologic study; statistic or report by independent doctors and researchers. We need many Bandazhevskys to save the children of Japan and all over the world.