The aim of this report is to compile information that will help to understand as fully as possible the impact of the disaster, more specifically, the number of negatively affected individuals in Japan and elsewhere due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. For this report, we define “negatively affected individuals” as those who were exposed to radiation or other stressors as a result of the disaster, and are consequently at potential risk from short-term and long-term consequences of these exposures. Within the umbrella of those negatively affected, we examine the extent of exposures of different groups, particularly those considered to have been exposed to higher doses of radiation as well as those who had lower exposures, including those living in areas where foodstuff, water, and/or vegetation have proven to be contaminated. Our definition of “exposed” would also extend to those who were affected due to the evacuation procedures after the disaster (leaving their homes and communities, school, and patients at hospitals within the evacuation areas), regardless of whether they were able to return home or remained displaced four years later.
Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant Disaster: How many people were affected?