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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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Hello, this is Chiiko from Y&F.
This is my first blog entry here :)

First of all, let me tell you about Yurick&herFriends, shall I?
Yurick&herFriends was organized to create an information website about Kanemi Yusho Disease. Seven Japanese members of various occupations are currently involved in this organization.
Originally we became friends in an English learning SNS. In September this year, one of us, Yurick, proposed to create a website for those who suffer from the Yusho Disease and want more information on it...That was the beginning.

At first we didn't know much about the Kanemi Yusho Incident, though it was the worst food contamination incident caused by dioxin-like compounds. We knew very few about what happened, where and when it occurred, or how its victims are now. So we got started with such basic facts. It seemed to us that it would be a long way, but we have come here! We launched our website in less than a month.

As Y&F members live around Japan, we get in touch online, the SNS or Twitter. We don't know each member's real name, age, face or address. We, however, feel the bonds of friendship :)

Yurick&herFriends continues to send out useful information and voice of the Yusho victims. I would like you to visit our website and learn more about the Yusho Disease.

Thank you so much for reading my post!
Wow, it's over 1:30 AM already!! I'll be off to bed for now. See you!