Health Effects of Radiation:
5 Themes
Effects on Fetuses and Hereditary Effects

(v) Changes in perception of radiation risks

Based on the information above, it can be safely said that both fetuses in their mothers’ wombs at the time of the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi NPS and children in the next generation born afterward will not be affected by radiation exposure caused by the accident.
However, how many people still think that radiation exposure affects the next generation?

Answers to the question of whether exposure caused by accidents affects the next generation

Answers to the question of whether exposure caused by accidents affects the next generation

Prepared based on the materials of the 31st Prefectural Oversight Committee Meeting (June 18, 2018) for the Fukushima Health Management Survey

The Fukushima Health Management survey examines perception of risks concerning health effects of radiation every year.
The figure shows changes over the years in responses to questions about next-generation effects. The percentage of people worrying about next-generation effects is decreasing gradually but still remains at around 40% as of FY2016.

Such worries over next-generation effects of radiation tend to cause discrimination, prejudice, and doubt about future chances of getting married or having children. It is necessary to note the sensitiveness of such worries and prejudice for disaster victims.

For more information about changes in perception of radiation risks, see page 144 of Vol. 1, FY2017 edition.

Health Effects of Radiation: 5 Themes