One Year On: Long-Term Psychological Care Needed for Kumamoto Kids (News)


Kumamoto, April 13 (Jiji Press)—Long-term psychological care is needed for children in Kumamoto Prefecture, where new stress cases are still emerging one year after the powerful earthquakes in and near the southwestern Japan prefecture, teachers and psychologists say.

The prefecture and surrounding areas in the Kyūshū region were hit by powerful quakes for weeks following the first major one that occurred on April 14 last year.

Just after the string of quakes began, an elementary school in the city of Kumamoto saw 20 to 30 children visit the school nurse's office each week complaining of headaches, uneasiness and other physical and psychological problems, according to the principal.

Even now, around 10 children visit the office per week, the principal said, adding that aftershocks still continue, arousing traumatic memories related to the quake spell a year ago.

Many children, unable to put what they feel into words well, are believed to be suffering from accumulated stress.

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