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Fukushima governor wants free medical care for young residents

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Fukushima Gov Yuhei Sato on Thursday asked the central government to provide free medical care for anyone aged 18 or younger, who have suffered health problems due to the nuclear crisis.

Sato made his request during a meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Fuji TV reported. Noda responded that the health and welfare of residents in the disaster-hit region was his government's top priority, Fuji reported.

Sato also urged the government to speed up decontamination work as well as compensation payments.

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There are criminal elements who will take advantage of the system. Don't do it! But do arrange a system so that children who really need medical care can get it free.

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crazyjoe>criminal elements ???? All medical care for children under 18 worldwide should be free, but especially for ALL those unfortunate people surrounding the Fukishima plant.

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who have suffered health problems due to the nuclear crisis.

What about those that will?

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The question should be 'why don't we evacuate children from dangerous radioactive zones?'

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Crazy Joe, I think you missed the point. This is a good thing. Look at it from a legal point of view. If you get the government to acknowledge anything that's good for civil suits later down the line.

TOKYO - Fukushima Gov Yuhei Sato on Thursday asked the central government to provide free medical care for anyone aged 18 or younger, who have suffered health problems due to the nuclear crisis.

You see what I mean? It's this group of people who are going to suffer the long term effects from the radiation. If Mr. Sato and Noda agree to this, you have a foundation of which you can stand on later. Now all the victims would have to do is starting going CONSTANTLY and complain about anything and everything that feels out of the ordinary.

I realize it might appear to be an open door for scam artists but for those who are honest and really were affected by radiation we MUST get some groundwork laid down.

The Deep Pocket lawyers at TEPCO have already laid down groundwork to fight off cases for the next 30 to 40 years.

This is the time where we all need to pay attention to how Mr. Noda responds to this request. Which way is the government of Japan going to lean by such a request? I hope JT follows this one.

Notice how brief this story is. It's so short that anybody could miss it. How convenient!!

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He should be wanting to get the children the bloody hell out of there if he gives a damn about them.

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Government appears not interested in actually helping families in any practical manner at all ( no surprise there) so families can leave, trusting in fate to look after them or stay, either playing the denial card or wearing paper masks and washing often. Good to know. I can pack my bag with denial, paper masks or just leave it and flee? I would have difficulty deciding what to do if I listened to "advice" from authorities. Can't cash up by selling the house..got to have an income as there is a family, but nothing substantial from TEPCO or the Government. These poor people now medical help is an "Issue". Can the area declare independence then receive large amounts of Japanese tax payer dollars?

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TEPCO and all of their lawyers etc..have lots and lots of BLOOD on their hands! I feel so sad for the victims in Fukushima.

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@NetNinjaNov. 25, 2011 - 09:30AM JST

who have suffered health problems due to the nuclear crisis. It's this group of people who are going to suffer the long term effects from the radiation.

Are you sure that you know some about health problems from radiation?

For example, after low radiation falling immunity, arthritis and other little problem. How you can define that problems of health was start by radiation?

Really all people in Japan and also children in Fukushima need:

don't touch to dust eating: egg, sea kale, milk, little alcohol economy power of health psychological state, nerve: remove worry and sad thought from brain
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Here's a news flash, children up to the age of (I forget right now) already get free healthcare in Japan. Whenever our grandchildren are sick, the doctor visit and prescriptions are fee. Well, not completely free, we have to pay a few yen for the plastic containers any meds may come in.

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sensei158.

Till they enter "primary school", after that we pay 20%(vs the 30% from medical-aids), till they finish their legally compulsory education(Jnr. High). Of course takes a bit of paper-work to apply.

Never got my meds here issued in plastic containers.

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It"S ME

Thanks, I wasn't sure. Even with those figures, I think it was a self-serving political move by the governor.

Cough syrups, ointments, etc came in little plastic jars or bottles depending.

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