HPV vaccines leave Japanese parents in limbo

[SaneVax: HPV vaccines were removed from the recommended vaccination schedule in Japan after over 600 serious adverse reactions to Gardasil and Cervarix. Where does that leave the parents of all the girls in those 600 reports? Where does it leave the girls who experienced the serious reactions? Is the price they paid worth the 15 year wait to see if HPV vaccines make any impact on cervical cancer?]

‘It’s as if time has stopped since the vaccine’

By Masami Ito, Staff Writer for “Lifestyle”

Facing reality: National HPV Vaccine Victims Network Association founders Toshie Ikeda (left) and Mika Matsufuji look through victims' case files in Tokyo in September. | MASAMI ITO

Facing reality: National HPV Vaccine Victims Network Association founders Toshie Ikeda (left) and Mika Matsufuji look through victims’ case files in Tokyo in September. | MASAMI ITO

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Japan. But what if there was a vaccine that could prevent a certain type of cancer? And what if it was free?

Mika Matsufuji’s daughter received a free vaccine to prevent cervical cancer from Suginami Ward when she entered junior high school in the fall of 2011. As a parent, she didn’t think twice about accepting the offer — a decision she says she will regret for the rest of her life. Her daughter has suffered severe complications from the inoculation ever since.

Cervical cancer is mainly caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and is sexually transmitted. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare estimates that about 8,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, with 2,500 dying from it.

The relatively new HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer was first approved in the U.S., Australia and other countries in 2006. Japan followed suit in 2009. It involves a total of three inoculations and is recommended for young girls aged 12 and 13 years old.

Matsufuji’s daughter was 12 when she was vaccinated. The first inoculation was uneventful but the second caused her arm to swell up and she experienced pain all over her body. She suffered from convulsions and was even confined to a wheelchair as she couldn’t walk. And as if the obvious physical complications weren’t hard enough to deal with, she had difficulty completing certain mathematical tasks.

“I had always believed that vaccines were necessary for public health. I was amazed to see a ground-breaking vaccine developed that is able to prevent cervical cancer,” Matsufuji says. “I feel so guilty for putting my daughter through all of this. Her whole life may be ruined.”

Starting April 1, 2013, HPV vaccine was added to the national list of routine vaccinations by law. Parents were advised to get their children vaccinated at a government-approved site that didn’t charge for the cost of inoculation. Three months later, however, the government withdrew its recommendation after reports of complications surfaced.

According to the health ministry, a total of 2,475 cases involving complications have been reported through the end of March this year, of which 617 were judged to be serious.

Toshie Ikeda, a member of the Hino Municipal Assembly in western Tokyo, backs the government’s decision to halt HPV vaccinations. Together, Ikeda and Matsufuji launched a victims’ support group in March 2013 and they have been calling on the government to scrap the HPV vaccination schedule ever since.

“The HPV vaccine was advertised as a prevention for cervical cancer and it’s good that citizens and government officials are becoming more rational about it,” Ikeda says. “The reality, however, for people who have suffered complications after inoculation remains the same.”

The support group currently has 287 members and operates six branches across the country, including Hokkaido and Kumamoto.

In October, they will officially open another branch in Osaka.

“(Children who have suffered complications) liken the pain as being similar to having their head split open with an ax … but it is difficult to imagine since no one else can feel that pain,” Ikeda said. “At least the girls who have described such pain are old enough to detail how they feel. Most vaccinations involve infants and all they can do is cry.”

Three years have passed since Matsufuji’s daughter received the HPV vaccine. In May, the government acknowledged her disability and she now carries around an official ID book.

“It’s still a shock. I never thought my own daughter would become disabled,” Matsufuji says. “It’s as if time has stopped since the vaccine. She used to live a normal life, but she hardly has any friends now and rarely hangs out with them.”

Article originally posted here.


  1. Notice the writer cunningly use the word “FREE” for this cocktail of poison called Gardasil / Cervarix (GSK equivalent of Gardasil)!?

    It’s not free.
    Cost tens of thousand yen for 3 shots per person and they are paying out of tax payers’ money everywhere
    not only Japan but they want to hide that fact somehow and emphasize this “FREE” image so that people would
    gladly and willingly accept the deadly shots.

    Also the writer simply repeats what the criminals have been telling the world:

    “a free vaccine to prevent cervical cancer”

    When the most recent leaflet made by the Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare clearly states:

    (There has been no proof of the effect to prevent cervical cancer)

    Shame! More lies,

    “Cervical cancer is mainly caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and is sexually transmitted.”

    He/she added “mainly” there, actually ignoring the fact that even new born babies had the infection!

    on top, if you get this vaccine while you were already got HPV, your chance of getting cancer or
    pre-cancerous stage goes up a lot!! Thus so many victims’ report with VAERS simply shows it!!

    Also the writer’s ignoring the fact that whopping 99.85% of those who get infected with so-called ‘high risk HPV’ get rid of it!!
    without any medication nor treatment!! i.e. the majority CLOSE TO 100% of people don’t contract cancer
    therefore you cannot call this HPV a “CAUSE” of the cancer, can you!??

    Their lie starts from there. See the pyramid shaped chart I found on GSK’s site here:
    or directly


    “As a parent, she didn’t think twice about accepting the offer”

    If my memory serves me right, she made her daughter take this vaccine because the municipality or school
    sent them a letter urging them to take it making it sounds like compulsory. She’s been suffering for three years now.
    It’s a shame that the mother stopped zeolite and enzyme bath long time ago due to the symptoms / relapse from detoxing
    which is apparently prolonging her real recovery.

    While many victims endure so-called ‘side effects’, some who tries detoxing get this “get worse before get better”
    symptoms and recognize them all wrong and stop the correct procedure for genuine cure. It’s yet another trap
    and so sad to see cause the girls would have to suffer much longer as a consequence.

    Anyhow, time for everybody to wake up that Governments are Companies officially, i.e. they are traitorous criminals
    such as Dept of Health and Human Services,
    or National Institute of Health,

    not only the US but so many others.

    hand in hand with criminal pharma and medical industries, forcing their citizens buy poisons, get sick and die
    to make them further lined. Absolutely very sickening.

    • Dominique says:

      Hi! Aus,

      I am sorry you feel this way, and I am truly sorry if, at some point you or your family have been adversely affected by a product which came from the pharma industry. I am not working for the pharma but for the diagnostics industry. I truly understand your concern, yes this is something new and yes some side effects have been observed but the scientists are still trying to understand what is happening.
      Having said that, unless you believe that Harald zur Hausen and all the scientists who have worked tirelessly on the subject are liars and do not have the expertise, I suggest that you have a look here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19135222
      And to do a full research on Pubmed. Those researchers are not linked nor paid by any pharma company.
      And yes, thankfully not all the persons infected with HPVs will develop a cancer, because there is not one virus there are several papillomaviruses.

      However I agree with you on one point, I do believe it should be your choice to get vaccinated or not.

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