Mental Health and Social Issues Following a Nuclear Accident

The Case of Fukushima

Editors: Shigemura, Jun, Chhem, Rethy Kieth (Eds.)

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  • Highlights mental health issues following the Fukushima nuclear disaster
  • Addresses psychosocial issues that produce negative impacts such as discrimination, stigmatization, and scapegoating
  • Contrasts the Fukushima findings with those of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl
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About this book

This book focuses on mental health issues arising in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Three years after the 11 March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunamis, and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, roughly 130,000 individuals continue to face enormous burdens as a result of mandatory evacuation. Many evacuees still live in temporary housing, and returning home remains a distant dream as they wait for the decontamination of the danger zone to be completed. However, the plant recovery process is still evolving, and the complete cleanup will take decades. Beyond all of these hardships, many evacuees are also mourning the loss of their loved ones. The compound disaster with its many uncertainties poses and will continue to pose serious emotional and social challenges. People affected by the nuclear disaster have been facing serious psychological challenges from ongoing fear of radiation exposure. Furthermore, there is continuing debate between various stakeholders on the options for disaster responses. This situation in turn produces adverse public responses, such as discrimination and stigmatization of the evacuees and scapegoating of the authorities and nuclear plant workers. Mental Health and Social Issues Following a Nuclear Accident addresses these issues and their impacts, pursuing both evidence-based and narrative-based approaches. It also contrasts the Fukushima findings with those of other nuclear disasters, namely, Three Mile Island and Cher

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About the authors

Editors:

Jun Shigemura
Department of Psychiatry
National Defense Medical College
Saitama, Japan

Rethy Kieth Chhem
Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan
Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan
Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan


Reviews

“The book aims to improve the global understanding of the impact of nuclear disaster across various dimensions. … The audience includes those involved in government, policy making, public health, aid organizations, as well as others who might be affected by or involved in dealing with the consequences of a major disaster. … This book explores the complex consequences of a nuclear disaster and the multiple disciplines and expertise required to address such difficult situations.” (Michael Easton, Doody’s Book Reviews, July, 2016)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Godzilla Mon Amour: The Origins and Legacy of Nuclear Fear in Japan

    Crowder, Ryan J., M.Sc. (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • Unforeseeable Accidents from the Point of View of the Legal System

    Fujino, Mitsuko, LL.M.

    Pages 15-27

  • Report on Fukushima Counseling Support Professional Team: Interdisciplinary Team Approach for Psychosocial Care of Evacuees

    Yagi, Akiko

    Pages 29-43

  • Societal and Ethical Aspects of Radiation Risk Perception

    Oughton, Deborah Helen, Ph.D.

    Pages 45-54

  • Thinking Across Disaster

    Fortun, Kim, Ph.D. (et al.)

    Pages 55-64

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-55699-2
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-4-431-55698-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56678-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mental Health and Social Issues Following a Nuclear Accident
Book Subtitle
The Case of Fukushima
Editors
  • Jun Shigemura
  • Rethy Kieth Chhem
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-55699-2
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-55699-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-55698-5
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56678-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 130
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations
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