SUPPORT NEEDED: Over 3,000 ppl mostly of age under 30 are suffering from recurring massive nosebleeding in Japan – Takahiro Katsumi

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” Posted: 09/27/2013
Updated: 10/01/2013

FACTS: Previous compilations of tweets presenting facts discovered during the last week (*Tweets are all in Japanese)
FACT: Over 5,000 ppl were reported of tweeting “nosebleed”(hanaji) over the past two-day period from 9/22-9/23
FACT: Over 3,000 ppl were reported of tweeting “can’t stop my nosebleed” (hanaji ga tomaranai) during the week of 9/20-9/30 (as of 12am 10/01/2013 JST)
FACT: Over 2,500 ppl were reported of tweeting “I’m nosebleeding” (hanaji ga deta) during the short days of 9/28-9/30 (as of 12 am 10/01/2013 JST)

(1) During the two-day period of 9/22-9/23, over 5,000 tweets were accounted with people tweeting “nosebleed” (Exact figure was 5,015 but my own comments and reactions have been deducted) nationwide. (2) Also during the period of 9/20-10/01, over 3,000 (Exact figure was 3,019 but my own comments and reactions were deducted) tweets were accounted with people tweeting “can’t stop my nosebleed” nationwide, signifying that the symptoms are recurring and massive in volume.

The compilation of nosebleeding tweets (1) has been filtered with the keyword of “hanaji ga tomraranai(鼻血が止まらない)”, which evidently reduces the number of search results. When filtered just by the keyword of “hanaji(鼻血)” (2), there were over twice more in just two days. Thus the over 3,000 ppl accounted for the last 11 days are deemed to be inconclusive (there are in fact MORE; and there are more ppl WITHOUT Twitter).

Observation of the 11-day tweets compilation suggests that the tweeters are in average of the age under 30. Most of them are students (high-school and college students, perhaps some junior-high schoolers and elementary school children under parental care; there are some albeit very few reports from parents themselves), and new adults working part-time or full-time under the age of 30. The exact statistics of these cannot be known due to the complexity of figuring out the identity of the tweeters.

But this much we know:
The vast majority of these youth are under 30 (assumed) are not taking seriously of the nosebleed and are either often found joking about it or trying to handle the situation all by themselves. Because nosebleeding in Japan is often associated with having improper (often sexual) thoughts and fantasies, there is an inherent cultural barrier in Japan that restrain them from coming out in the open to admit it as a serious matter or even just letting the public know about it. But in fact the observation suggests that many of them are suffering from the (a) recurring, (b) massive in volume, and (c) enduring nosebleeding that are beginning to pose risks to their overall health by causing other symptoms such as low fever, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Some are skipping schools and work due to them.

There is some hope since some of these people have started to take the matter seriously to seek medical help. Many suspect that the medical dysfunction of nosebleeding and other symptoms are caused by seasonal hay fever, stress, or fatigue. Japan’s mainstream media as well as the medical institutions are not taking the matter as serious health risk and thus there are virtually no reports on these symptoms. The social media helped bring light to the issue, thanks to Twitter.

Without major medical warning or reports through the mainstream media, however, people cannot determine whether it is indeed a great health risk or not. There are no accumulated, reliable statistics on the issue of nosebleeding (at least not in Japan, either by the government or by the medical community) and thus people cannot make an objective judgement based on them (without the help of mainstream media). However, what we see on Twitter is only a tiny portion of what is happening in the real world. Thus the numbers found can be easily multiplied by ten or more (then can we say approx. 30,000 and in a week is a lot or not?). We can only FEEL the threat that this is a great health risk. That there are “way too many nosebleeding” going around.

As suggested before, the observed tweets strongly suggest that the reported nosebleedings are: recurring; massive in volume; and enduring.

It has been observed that many tweeters have suffered the symptom for at least more than 3 days in a row, with symptom enduring for more than 30 minutes and up to 3 hours, which also defines massive quantity of blood being lost. We must let them know that this is NOT NORMAL and prompt them to seek immediate medical help or other assistance.

The following is a list of the 3,019 twitter accounts that have tweeted “Can’t stop my nosebleed” for the past 11 days:

I created a web survey to ask them of the level of their symptoms so as to ascertain their location (region) and the exact demographic distribution of symptoms in Japan nationwide. The survey, however has gone widely unnoticed. It is quite strange, given that my initial compilation of tweets (FACT1) have enjoyed over 28,000 views nationwide.

Web survey inquiring 10 questions on the status of nosebleeding and other symptoms with recommendation from a physician’s website to seek medical attention: (All in Japanese) *expired

For Japanese Facebook and Twitter users, I’ve been asking for assistance to help spread the survey to as much of the affected people as possible using the list shown above. For users overseas, I would like to ask the following:
Help me create a database out of this massive list;
Help me find reliable statistics on nosebleeding in general vis-a-vis abnormal nosebleeding; and
Help me devise a way to bring in the international civic community’s attention on the matter.

FINAL NOTE: There was an unconfirmed report that the 400-ft. tall exhaust pipe at F1 have crumbled around 9/20 immediately following the M5.9 earthquake (Shindo 5-lower in JMA scale) epicentered in Fukushima causing massive radioactive plume from spreading across the country. There was also an unconfirmed report that government personnel (in particular the MoFA ppl) were ordered to evacuate to the Southern part of Japan in Kyushu or Okinawa to avoid the catastrophe. These unconfirmed reports (a.k.a. ‘rumors’) were quickly killed within the social media community without having any major media exposure. Days after the reports there are this report about increasing nosebleeding incidents, with common characteristics of 1) large volume, 2)enduring, 3)recurring patterns. “

Nuclear engineer: Japan’s PM “Lying to the Japanese People” about safety of Fukushima — TheRealNews

Arnie Gundersen explains the financial truth about Fukushima Daiichi management and containment and proposes that Tokyo Electric be replaced by an international engineer with a citizen oversight panel to maintain TRANSPARENCY. “The problem right now is that Japanese researchers are afraid to tell the truth. We’ve got doctors calling us at Fairewinds saying,’We know are patients have radiation illness, and the hospital isn’t allowing us to tell the patients that.’ We got researchers talking about defects in animals, and they’re not allowed to publish their data.”

“We have to realize that the pain of the Japanese is our pain as well and join with them to solve this problem.”


Attempts to link Fukushima to Hiroshima upset some — The Associated Press

” HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — “No more Hiroshimas!” “No more Fukushimas!” Those slogans are chanted together at rallies by Japanese who want both an end to nuclear power in the island nation and an end to nuclear weapons around the world. But many in this city, where the world’s first atomic-bomb attack killed tens of thousands, are distressed by efforts to connect their suffering to the tsunami-triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Like the bomb the United States dropped on Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1945, the March 2011 Fukushima disaster unleashed radiation that will affect the region’s health for decades. Hiroshima medical experts, the world’s most renowned on radiation-related sicknesses, are being called on for advice on how the meltdowns may have harmed people who lived near the power plant along the northeastern coast of Japan.

Some in the historical movement against nuclear non-proliferation have joined the protests that have popped up after Fukushima, calling for an end to nuclear power. Calls out of Hiroshima to do away with nuclear weapons carry great moral weight in Japan, and activists are asking the city to join forces and sign their petitions demanding the government ditch nuclear power.

To opponents of this idea, the differences between Hiroshima and Fukushima dwarf the similarities. Only one of the two catastrophes was an act of war that unleashed death, fire and horror on a scale the world had never seen.

“Our position, and this is a position we can never compromise, is that nuclear weapons are an absolute evil,” Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said in an interview at city hall, his voice trembling. “I oppose connecting the two simply because they both involve radiation.”

The widespread sentiment in this southwestern city, he said, is that Hiroshima has endured something more terrible than the aftermath of a nuclear accident, and people resent getting lumped together. Matsui lost relatives in the attack, and his parents’ home was destroyed.

The bombing killed some 140,000 people – some instantly, others within months. Three days later, the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 70,000 people shortly before the end of World War II. Those categorized by the government as sick from the Hiroshima bombing’s radiation still number more than 200,000.

No one is known to have died from the Fukushima radiation, but the plant’s three nuclear meltdowns will take decades to clean up and it is impossible to know what the health toll will ultimately be. Only recently has the government acknowledged that much more radioactive water is leaking into the sea than it had previously believed.

The Japanese government has detected 44 confirmed and suspected cases of thyroid cancer among the 217,000 youngsters, 18 and under, checked in Fukushima. Thyroid cancer among children is generally rare, estimated at only one in a million. The link to radiation is still inconclusive, and extensive testing of Fukushima children could account for the higher numbers. But according to the World Health Organization, thyroid cancer struck thousands of people after the only nuclear-plant disaster worse than Fukushima, the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown in what is now Ukraine.

Robert Jacobs, professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, sees similarities between Hiroshima and Fukushima, calling the latter a “slow-motion nuclear war.” He said the cumulative radiation dosage from Fukushima could be quite significant because the leaks are likely to continue for decades.

Some medical experts are worried about sickness that may emerge in coming years, although the amount of deadly energy released at the moment of the atomic bombing was far greater than what spewed from Fukushima.

Hiromichi Ugaya, a former journalist at the Asahi newspaper who has been documenting Fukushima, said it is “an irony of history” that Japan failed to prevent the world’s second-worst nuclear-plant disaster, even though it is the only country on Earth to have been attacked with nuclear weapons.

“Japan was the one country that should have been careful with nuclear technology,” said Ugaya, who recently wrote a book called “Road From Hiroshima to Fukushima.”

He considers nuclear weapons and nuclear power to share a historical backdrop. “The atomic bomb and nuclear power are like twin siblings if you trace their history,” he said.

Some in Hiroshima are adamant about denying any ties.

One reason is that they feel closer than ever to finally achieving their goal of nonproliferation, or at least winning an international commitment to that goal. Hopes are high that U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima before his term ends. If realized, it would mark the first ever visit by an American president in office. And they fear that allying with Fukushima too much may derail that effort.

Another reason: Hiroshima was strategically used to promote nuclear power. It was seen as the perfect place to highlight the technology’s peaceful uses.

At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, it is bombs and not reactors that are the enemy.

A digital clock ticks away the days since the nuclear attack. Another clock shows the days from the last nuclear test. People line up to pray before a nearby memorial. The sad skeletal remains of a dome have become an international symbol, a prayer for peace.

“Look at these pictures,” said Kenji Shiga, chief of the museum, pointing to a photo of a corpse so blackened and deformed one must squint to make out a head. “And this is one of the less gruesome ones.”

“Here, it all came with a bang,” Shiga said, stressing the differences between Hiroshima and Fukushima. “This is not a place merely dripping radiation.”

Sunao Tsuboi, 88, is a bomb victim, who survived miraculously.

A part of his ear is gone, and his face is blotched with burn marks. When he emerged from unconsciousness 40 days after the bombing, the war was long over. He was so weak and scarred he had to start by practicing crawling on the floor.

He pities Fukushima, but, like the others, stresses the differences.

The people of Hiroshima are “hibakusha,” which means “radiation victims,” while the people of Fukushima are “hisaisha,” which means “disaster victims,” said Tsuboi.

“They wanted to kill us – no mistake about that,” he said. “Maybe there will be problems in Fukushima because of the radiation, and we don’t know yet if some people may end up dying. But here it was about annihilation.”

Shuntaro Hida, 96, was among the doctors who treated the people of Hiroshima within days of the bombing. He has been outspoken about the dangers of what scientists call internal radiation, the ingestion of radioactive material from the air, water and food.

Hida said he witnessed the deaths of hundreds of people who entered Hiroshima after the bombing, victims of radiation exposure that led to diseases including cancer, strokes, organ failure and leukemia.

“No one wanted the world to know that the bomb could continue to kill for so many years later,” he said.

In Hida’s view, that is at least one area in which the nuclear cataclysms are intertwined. He said Hiroshima never fully faced up to the effects of internal radiation, and that same mistake is being repeated in Fukushima. ”