Voices from FUKUSHIMA Vol.9 Mr. Masahiro YUNOKAWA

Please see the table which shows the number of evacuees. In June 2011, there were 2,000 in Yonezawa City among 45,000 nationwide. In January 2012, 13,000 in Yamagata Prefecture among 63,000 nationwide. In March 2015, 4,000 in Yamagata Prefecture and 1,000 in Yonezawa City among 47,000 nationwide. In addition, about 1,500 people evacuated in the Okitama district (note: the southern part of Yamagata Prefecture, including Yonezawa City). Prefecture-wise, Tokyo stands first receiving 6,000, followed by Saitama Prefecture, 5,000. Total of 4,000 in Yamagata and Niigata Prefectures. I heard that evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture have been dispersed all over Japan in 47 prefectures.

Change in the Number of Evacuees inside and outside of Fukushima Prefecture.
(from Websites of Fukushima and Yamagata Prefectures)

June 2011 January 2012 March 2015
Nationwide 45,242 62,808 46,902
Yamagata Pref. 5,518 13,033 3,960
Yamagata City 1,100 5,494 1.404
Yonezawa City 2,079 3,819 1,051

The Number of Evacuees by Prefecture as of March 2015

Tokyo 6,051
Saitama 5,011
Yamagata 3,960
Niigata 3,925
Ibaraki 3,474
Kanagawa 3,402
Chiba 3,084
Tochigi 2,839
Miyagi 2,597
Hokkaido 1,579


There may be quite a number of people who think that the influence of radiation is not much, but it surely is a big deal. For that reason, we, and children in particular have undergone various medical examinations from the viewpoint of health care.
First of all, the Fukushima Health Management Survey was conducted. A file was given to the entire population of Fukushima Prefecture that amounts to 2 million. All the medical records are kept in this file. This basic survey was to find out to what extent a person was exposed to radiation immediately after the explosion. We were requested to report our behaviors over the past three to four months after the nuclear accident. And the record of the estimated dose of “external exposure” was given back. As for “internal damage by radiation,” we underwent a whole-body counter to measure the dose of radiation which was taken into the body by our daily intake of food and drink. Once a year, a glass badge, a personal dosimeter, is given to those children who apply for it. They wear it to measure radiation dose for three months, which is given back later. There are various examinations other than this. All these are files of records to care one’s health.