Ionizing radiation

Fukushima Five Years On

Japanese children playing outside
Fukushima Medical University/Dr Makoto Miyazaki

March 2016 -- Five years have passed since Japan suffered a triple catastrophe: an earthquake and a tsunami, followed by a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. As the lead UN agency for advice and assistance on public health, WHO shares the concerns of the affected populations in Japan and continues to monitor the health risk situation in Fukushima. Related public health risk assessments and recommendations have been issued by WHO. Today the major challenge remains mitigation of the psychosocial impact of the disaster.