FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

241chap.IVPatient Relief Activity Records [Essays and Research Publications]FUKUSHIMA: Lives on the Linereaching the level that it had been estimated it would reach by 2025. Similar events have been observed in Futaba County and Iitate Village near Minamisoma.Public attention for the nuclear power plant workers5 and people living in Fukushima is fading rapidly. We should continue to pay attention to depopulation with rapid aging, which may make rebuilding populations in stricken areas difficult.Kazunobu Ishikawa, MDCenter for Medical Education and Career DevelopmentFukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japanand Department of Cardiology, Fukushima MedicalUniversity Hospital, Fukushima, JapanYukio Kanazawa, MDDepartment of Gastrointestinal Medicine, MinamisomaMunicipal General Hospital, Minamisoma, JapanShigeto Morimoto, MDDepartment of Geriatric Medicine, Kanazawa MedicalUniversity, Kahoku-gun, JapanTakashi Takahashi, MDLaboratory of Infectious Diseases, Graduate School ofInfection Control Sciences, Kitasato UniversityMinato-ku, JapanFigure 1. (A) Age-dependent decrease in population in Minamisoma City after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. (B) Retention rate of population according to age group. Population data in Minamisoma on March 29, 2012 were compared with those on March 1, 2011.