UN special Rapporteur Anand Grover's report (advance unedited version) on mission to Japan from 15-23 November 2012 is now availavle online.
Title: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Anand Grover, Mission to Japan
The Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Anand Grover, visited Japan from 15 to 26 November 2012. During the visit he ascertained, in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation, the country‘s endeavour to implement the right to health, and in particular considered issues related to realization of the right to health within the context of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on 11 March 2011, the events leading to it and emergency response, recovery and mitigation.In this report, the Special Rapporteur commends Japan on steps taken to monitor the health of the affected population, designate evacuation zones, monitor radiation levels and decontaminate the affected areas, as well as on its commitment to realizing the right to physical and mental health. However, in order to fully realize the right, the Special Rapporteur encourages the Government to address a number of serious challenges and consider particular areas for improvements in the nuclear emergency response system; the scope and extent of the basic and detailed health management surveys; dose limits of radiation; access to accurate information on radiation and its health effects; transparency and accountability of the nuclear industry and regulatory authority; and participation of affected communities in decision-making processes. With a view to facilitating that endeavour, the Special Rapporteur provides a number of recommendations to the Government of Japan.