Winds From Japan -Y&F editors' blog -

              Editors of Yurick&herFriends write an entry here.

Happy New Year to you all :)
It's been a while since I post the previous entry. How have you been? How did you start your New Year?
We Y&F have wonderful news.
One of the members Yurick was discharged from the hospital at the end of last year after surviving about 8 months' hospital stay. We are really happy to hear that from her.
She still needs to see a doctor regularly, but now she can be stay with her family. Wonderful!

Yurick is a key person for Y&F. She asked for us to create a website about Kanemi Yusho Disease last year. That was the beginning. From then on, we have been learning Kanemi Yusho and creating our website step by step. We would like to enrich the website more and more. We would like more of you to know about Kanemi Yusho.

May the year of 2014 bring you a lot of happiness and smiles!


Hello, this is Chiiko from Y&F.
I'm still working on my English. I think you can find some English mistakes in my article, but I expect you to understand what I'm trying to say.

The other day, a TV program about Kanemi Yusho was rerun in NHK Educational TV. The documentary shows how toxic chemicals which cause the Yusho Disease have been inherited to the next generation. A daughter, for instance,  whose mother was designated as a Yusho patient, developed the similar symptoms to her mother's, although she didn't directly consume the rice bran oil contaminated by PCBs and dioxins. It is possible that dioxins were passed from the mother to the daugher across the placenta and through breastfeeding. The daugher, however, is not designated as a Yusho patient. Likewise, many next generations are not officially designated as Yusho patients. This is one of the biggest problems on Kanemi Yusho.

In Taiwan, the similar incident to Kanemi Yusho occurred in 1979, which is called the Yucheng incident. A lot of poeple took in the cooking oil contaminated by PCBs and dioxins, and then they developed the same symptoms as the Yusho Disease, such as chloracne, skin pigmantaoins and so on. In addition, after decades of follow-up studies it turned out that harmful effects of dioxins were delivered to the next generations.  The Taiwan government promised the full medical care for the first and the second generations.

How about in Japan? Many of the second and third generations have not been designated as Yusho patients even if they suffer from the Yusho symptoms. Why not?

The documentary show is scheduled to be rerun at 0:45AM on November 2 (Friday night) again. If you can watch the NHK Educational TV channel, I'd like you to watch the show.

Thank you for reading!!


We're so thrilled!
Our brand new website was picked up by a local newspaper, "Nagasaki Shinbun."
It's been less than a month since we started thinking about our website's framework, and everything seems to have been really quick.

Though it's not one of those national papers, we believe in the power of media, of the Internet, and word of mouth. No matter how small our group is, we hope we would be of some help to those who are suffering from the disorder. We sincerely hope so.

Special thanks to Mr. Yamada, who gave us a helping hand to spread information about us. We'll keep moving forward!!


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