Induced Stress and The Great East Japan Eathquake : Review of Biopsychosocial and Evidence Related Issues Three Years After The Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster(Special Lecture) Induced Stress and The Great East Japan Eathquake : Review of Biopsychosocial and Evidence Related Issues Three Years After The Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster(Special Lecture)





The paper presents an account of Crisis Factors ; Biologic, Psychologic, and Social (Biopsychosocial) parameters, and environmental and cultural issues arising from events, and the Induced Stress, following the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Radiation Disaster of 2011. Information was collected over three years from newspaper reports, journals, and medical, governmental, and technological resources relating to 15,884 persons who died; 2,633 missing; and 267,000 living as evacuees in transient or makeshift habitation. These and other features the National Society must face. Methods of study included both analysis of information and synthesis exploring the patterns of psychic behavior and potential for healing and growth. Mass death was studied; Case Mix; Fear, Panic, and morbid behavior as well as material destruction, loss, and personality change in so far as it could be assessed at this stage, in both individuals and in groups. Attention was paid to information and data relevant to Radiation; Nuclear Power; Environment; Water, Food, and Ocean ; as well as to age (the elderly, the adults, and the children as reported in the daily press). Analysis of demographic factors, population shifts, access to resources, technology,belief-systems, and responses to government (leadership) were noted, and connecting insights were sought relating to Social, Cultural, and Psychological structure of the Society. Such first results from the reports collected, (highlighting every sort of detail), led us to suggest a series of CRISIS FACTORS, evidence-based, that the broader national population must face. These include struggle for self-reliance, (Self), issues dealing with migration, rootlessness, over-reaching, and even marriage, and "acceptability" in other prefectures. Variables related to loss of family, aloneness, mass death, material loss, quality of life, dependence, health as well as the issues surrounding technology-radiation, power, disruption of society, conflict (bullying among children), and stress. From the accumulated information we emphasize Induced Stress with a shift in the 21^<st> Century to what we call STRESS BURDEN, in which the person cannot "escape" stress factors. Societies may be obliged to face STRESS BURDEN over long periods of time. We pay importance to the Whole Social Mind, to the principles of Amae, to the "mothering instinct" and to the Psychospiritual reinforcement towards Well-Being, including "Love thy Neighbour" (Selye). Such social-psychological-cultural study cannot have an immediate conclusion, but our observations point to the importance and value of relationships inherent in Amae; in Will (Ishi); in Shiyo-efforts to bring wholeness back into the Interior of persons; to overcome negative emotion by establishing "I" and "THOU" connection or co-existence rooted in spirit and faith. We are not oblivious to the fact that at the present time there are 426 Nuclear Reactors in the world, and a further 181 are under construction. The profound and grievous destruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the aftermath experienced by the Japanese people, although perhaps not critically perceived by other nations, unaware or insensitive of these issues, may in the ultimate, though perhaps in different form, strike down their own citizens and civilizations.


  • 心身医

    心身医 55(1), 64-79, 2015

    一般社団法人 日本心身医学会


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