8 Août 2016
August 7, 2016
NHK has learned that a Japanese research team will study the psychological impact of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.
The team wants to use the findings to help those affected by the nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture, as they are likely to have been exposed to stress for a long time.
Researchers from Fukushima, Nagoya and Hiroshima Universities will begin a survey later this month. They plan to interview about 2,000 people in Ukraine about their stress and anxiety levels.
They will ask 54 questions, including how worried people were about the impact of radiation at the time of the accident, and how concerned they are now.
The researchers will compare the findings with the results of a similar study in Fukushima Prefecture.
Fukushima University Professor Yuji Tsutsui says the Ukraine survey may indicate what kind of measures will be needed to help people who have been psychologically affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident.