Infant mortality in Japan after Fukushima
Early this month, Alfred Körblein, a German physicist, published a study on infant mortality in Japan following the Fukushima disaster and compared the findings with those of a study of early infant mortality in West Germany after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The study also reports a significant drop in livebirths in Japan in December 2011.
The summary of the report is following:
Following the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Dai-ichi, Japanese infant mortality monthly data exhibit distinct peaks in May 2011 and December 2011, 2 and 9 months after the melt-downs in March 2011. After Chernobyl, an analysis of data of early infant mortality in West Germany also found peaks in June 1986 and February 1987, i.e. 2 and 9 months after the Chernobyl disaster on 26 April 1986. In December 2011, 9 months after Fukushima, there is a significant deficit in the number of live births in Japan. Similarly, a significant decline in birth numbers was found in February 1987 in southern Bavaria, the German region most affected by the Chernobyl fallout. In Japan as well as in Bavaria, the effect is limited to a single month.
Read the full report on the attached file.
A report by Alfred Körblein on infant mortality in Japan following the Fukushima disaster compared with that of West Germany. It also discusses the drop in livebirths in Japan in December 2011.
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