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UN urges Japan to do more to protect health of nuclear crisis-hit residents

A United Nations rights investigator has said Japan hasn’t fully served the health needs of residents and workers affected by the nuclear crisis and address their concerns.

Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, said Monday that Japan has over-emphasized optimistic views of radiation risks and conducted limited health checks after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant caused by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Many plant workers on short-term contracts have no access to permanent health check.

Grover wrapped up his 11-day survey in Fukushima and other areas. He also cited residents’ complaints about the lack of access to their own health-check results.

Japan’s government has been criticized for coverups and delays in disclosing key radiation information, causing deep-rooted public distrust.

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Trauma stalks children of Japan tsunami

The horror of Japan’s tsunami has raised concerns over the long-term impact on children, some of whom are already displaying signs of trauma, from screaming nightmares to silent withdrawal.

According to the charity Save the Children, around 100,000 children were displaced by what has become Japan’s worst natural disaster since 1923, with nearly 20,000 people dead or missing.

The potential for lasting trauma is compounded by the unusual multiple nature of the event: a massive 9.0 earthquake, a devastating tsunami and a nationwide scare over a possible meltdown at a nuclear plant.

Experts say the scale of the loss and disruption for some children would have been almost inconceivable: homes destroyed, friends disappeared, one or both parents maybe killed, or siblings and other close family members missing.

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