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Suicide Rate Among Japan's Fukushima Disaster Evacuees Grows in 2015

© AFP 2021 / KAZUHIRO NOGIProtesters wearing gas masks and white costumes similar to those of decontamination workers at the crippled Fukushima plant beat drums painted with radioactive waste symbols during an anti nuclear power demonstration march in Tokyo on July 29, 2012
Protesters wearing gas masks and white costumes similar to those of decontamination workers at the crippled Fukushima plant beat drums painted with radioactive waste symbols during an anti nuclear power demonstration march in Tokyo on July 29, 2012 - Sputnik International
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A number of suicide cases in Fukushima Prefecture and its neighborhood has grown among the people evacuated from the areas affected by the nuclear disaster, local media reported Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In 2015, 19 people committed suicides between January and early November, while 15 killed themselves during the entire year 2014, the Japanese Asahi Shimbun newspaper said, citing data from the Cabinet Office.

The majority of the suicides occurred in the locations most heavily damaged by the devastating nuclear attack.

A coast guard vessel (back R) patrols the waters off the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on October 9, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The disaster, stressful evacuation and uncertainty about returning home or leading normal lives are believed to be the main reasons for suicides.

In March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake started a tsunami that killed about 16,000 people in northeastern Japan and caused nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant, which resulted in the largest nuclear catastrophe in the world since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Radioactive material leaked into the sea, soil and atmosphere, and hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from the region.

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