Please join our team to protect our children, save their future.
5 years have passed since the tragic earthquake hit Japan, followed by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Three of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant went through meltdown, and radioactive materials are being released into the air and the ocean even today.
More than 100,000 people are still forced to live in evacuation. Those of us in Fukushima are living with this invisible threat, and are concerned to raise our children here. That is why we mothers are now starting up our own citizens’ clinic.
Listen to our voices. Help us protect our children.
This video was made with the cooperation of Yu Sanbonsuge, a videographer from Fukushima Prefecture.
Did you know? 1 in 2 mothers in Fukushima have concerns about bringing up their children in Fukushima Prefecture (1).
We are trying to protect our children – help us. As a first step, we have already set up a Mothers’ Radiation Lab. Now, we are trying to start a clinic next door, to open in April 2017. Your support can make this happen.
“Don’t touch the flower!” One mother told us that having to yell this at her son when he was playing outside has been the most painful.
You can’t see, smell or feel radiation. We, the mothers of Fukushima, are trying to protect our children from this invisible threat.
So how can we do this? Our answer is to measure the radiation, and make it visible. Local parents bring their vegetables, vacuum cleaner dust, sand from the kindergarten sandpit, or soil from the school playground to our lab for checking. We measure anything and everything.
5 years have passed since the Fukushima disaster. We must protect our children. Through our lab, we are able to measure the radiation around us. But this is not enough – there is one more thing we must do. Now, we need to check the effect of radiation on our bodies and our minds, and care for the children. That is why we need to start a health clinic next to our radiation lab.
Your support can save the lives and futures of the children of Fukushima. Join our team to start up the Mothers' Radiation Lab & Clinic Fukushima.
What is most important, is that this clinic will be set up right next to the radiation lab.
Being in the same space means that if you undergo a whole body radiation test and have a suspicious result, you can go to the clinic for checking right away. Or, if you come to the clinic for a check and become interested in the radiation measuring happening nearby, you can bring your food in to be checked later.
Most of the staff working at our lab are themselves mothers, with the same concerns about bringing up their children in Fukushima. We know the invisible fear we are dealing with, and what kind of care the mothers and children need. That is why we need to start this clinic – by mothers, for mothers.
Help start up the Mothers’ Radiation Lab & Clinic Fukushima – the first of its kind in Japan.
Join our team. And tell your family, friends, colleagues, everyone you know.
Currently, we carry out thyroid tests once or twice a month at our lab or at public halls. Volunteer doctors come from all over Japan, and a total of 8,000 people have undergone these tests.
1. Ref: From a survey conducted by the research group of Chukyo University Professor Woncheol Sung et al as part of the “Fukushima Children's Health Project.” Total number of answers responding “this applies” or “partially applies” on a 4 point response scale.
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Goal: 20,000 team members
Your support will help make the Mothers’ Radiation Lab & Clinic Fukushima a reality.
What does it mean to become part of our team?
We need the support of people from all over Japan and around the world to make the Mothers' Radiation Lab & Clinic Fukushima a reality. Help us in any way you can, such as by:
・Bringing more team members: After joining the team through submitting this form, share our project through e-mail and Facebook. Tell your friends, and ask them to join the team.
・Online survey: We want our lab and clinic to be a space for citizens’ dialogue. Share your thoughts in the survey soon to be online.
No fees are required to join the team (although donations are also greatly appreciated), and the actions above are only suggestions. Please support in whatever way you can.
Plans for the new clinic
・Thyroid checks (now only carried out irregularly)
・Whole body radiation measuring (now only carried out irregularly)
・Community exchange space
Expansion of the Mothers’ Radiation Lab Fukushima
Address. 3rd floor, 11 Onahamahanabatake, Iwaki, Fukushima, JAPAN 971-8162
Schedule to opening
June-July 2016: Construction to expand space, installation of electricity and water facilities
Until March 2017: Securing doctors and nurses, establishing clinical and blood test facilities, etc
April 2017: Clinic Opening
About the Mothers' Radiation Lab & Clinic Fukushima Support Desk
This project is being coordinated by a Support Desk, with two joint representatives.
The Mothers’ Radiation Lab Fukushima and act beyond trust have already been working together for several years. For example, after the Fukushima nuclear disaster we together started a lab to measure beta radiation. The Mothers’ Radiation Lab Fukushima will set up the clinic itself, while act beyond trust provides the secretariat and public relations.
Our radiation lab is the only citizen-run lab that measures not just Cesium 134 and 137, but also Strontium 90 and Tritium, which require high-level expertise.