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Yearly Archives: 2014

11 Dec 2014 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative

The 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative was held in Tokyo, to reflect on emerging health security events of the last year and to explore collaborative actions to protect the health and safety of our populations, and to strengthen health security globally. Ministers/Secretaries/Commissioner from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, UK, USA, and the European Commission attended. They discussed key priorities for collective preparedness and response to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, pandemic influenza, and other emerging infectious diseases, specifically the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa.

FMU’s Professor Seiji YASUMURA made a presentation on “Challenges in Fukushima after 3 years from the Great East Japan Disaster”. A representative from the USA expressed his high regard for the Fukushima Health Management Survey. Ministers/Secretaries/Commissioners agreed on working collaboratively to inform future planning for radiological and nuclear incidents within the health sector.

* Please click here to see the Presentation Material.

 

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1-5 Dec 2014 FMU-IAEA Consultancy Meeting

Fukushima Medical University (FMU) and IAEA agreed to conduct 3 projects in 2012. The 1st one is NA9/16: Enhancing radiation medicine education by building capacity of health professionals and medical students. The 2nd one is NA9/17: Strengthening research co-operation in radiation disaster medicine including post-traumatic stress disorders. And the 3rd one is NA/21: Development of a specific training package for medical radiation physicists in support of nuclear or radiological emergency situations.

An FMU-IAEA Consultancy Meeting was held 1-5 December to review NA9/16 and NA9/17 project activities implemented in 2013-2014 and to debate over the draft textbooks authored by the Science, Technology and Society (STS) specialists who participated in these programs. FMU & IAEA will add necessary content to them from the viewpoint of a disaster-stricken area, for publication in both English and Japanese, to advance radiation medicine education around the world.

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28 Nov 2014 TIARA and FMU convened EmComm Lab in Tokyo

The Tokyo International Amateur Radio Association (TIARA) and FMU organized an Emergency Communications Laboratory (EmComm Lab) event at TIARA’s regular meeting place in Meguro Ward. Extensive discussion and hands-on evaluation of equipment accompanied a presentation by FMU’s Dr. Ken Nollet, drawing on the expertise of TIARA members from around the world. As with Dr. Nollet’s 13 June 2014 presentation to TIARA, EmComm Lab was streamed online for members outside Japan, and annotated slides can be downloaded for personal scholarship and non-commercial educational activities within “fair use” copyright and other applicable laws. The notes associated with each slide concisely reconstruct what was said and done. Material has been added or edited for clarity and to accommodate a broader audience.

 

Click here for EmComm Lab Part 1: Ready, or Not?


Part 1 includes a review of Japanese Amateur Radio emergency frequencies and a hands-on evaluation of two portable high frequency (shortwave) antennas.

Click here for EmComm Lab Part 2: Veranda Shack


Part 2 introduces an outdoor equipment validation and proof-of-concept project that falls in between a tabletop exercise and a full-scale deployment.

EmComm Lab photos contributed by Daniel Domondon and Kenneth Nollet.

EmComm Lab photos contributed by Daniel Domondon and Kenneth Nollet.

Governments around the world recognize the Amateur Radio Service for its ability to promote international goodwill at all times, and to provide emergency communication when other channels are damaged or overloaded. TIARA, founded in 1972, is a forum for Amateur Radio operators of all nationalities who live in Tokyo or have a special interest in Japan.

November 28 EmComm Lab participants expressed their hopes for future programs. Bill Stenson (7J1AAB in Japan, NA2Y in America) was among the nominees to lead a future EmComm Lab. Otherwise known as William D. Stenson, founder of Forte, a science communications firm in Tokyo, Bill is active in the Hood River County Amateur Radio Emergency Service when he is stateside. In February, 2015, Bill Stenson will be in Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the All Hazards Incident Management Team, Communications Unit Leader Course (AHIMT COM UL). In the meantime, he recommends this reference from ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio in the United States:

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/ARESFieldResourcesManual.pdf

13 Nov 2014 Dr. Weiss and Dr. Yasuda from UNSCEAR visited FMU to discuss children’s thyroid screening and other health survey results

Dr. Wolfgang Weiss and Dr. Hiroshi Yasuda from UNSCEAR visited FMU on 13 November 2014. This informal visit followed an UNSCEAR workshop held the previous night at Fukushima University, just a few kilometers from our campus.

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FMU staff spoke about several topics related to the Fukushima Health Management Survey. General remarks from Prof. Ohto and Prof. Yasumura were followed by details about the Basic Survey from Dr. Ishikawa and a PowerPoint presentation by Prof. Nollet on baseline results of the Thyroid Ultrasound Examination program.


Click here to view Dr. Nollet’s PowerPoint presentation.

Dr. Weiss talked about UNSCEAR’s plans for the future, including their willingness to impartially analyze data that FMU and other institutions publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals, with the intend of making comprehensive and widely accessible reports to the world every few years.

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13 Nov 2014 French Disaster Response Experts Visited FMU

French Embassy attaché Mr. Christophe Xerri brought Colonel Bertrand Domeneghetti and Lieutenant Colonel Gilles Ahuir to FMU to study our experience since the Great East Japan Earthquake. They aim to improve French nuclear emergency preparedness.

Professor Arifumi Hasegawa made a presentation addressing their main questions:

– Which actions were taken within the very first days and hours?
– What actions were taken respectively for irradiated persons, potentially irradiated persons and the rest of the population?

We also supplied information on the following:

– How was the radiation dose received by the population measured?
– How is medical follow-up of the population implemented recently?

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7 Nov 2014 Dr. Eeva Salminen visited FMU

Dr. Eeva Salminen visited FMU. She is a Research Professor of Health Risks and Radon Safety at Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority. She added Fukushima to her travel itinerary around Japan at the request of a long-time friend and colleague. FMU invited her to speak about the Chernobyl nuclear accident and its impact on Finland.

Part of Finland experienced fallout of radioactivity just after the Chernobyl accident. The level of radioactivity in Finland was higher than that in Fukushima after our earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis. Finish authorities, like FMU, deal rationally with personal concerns by maintaining open lines of communication with the public. Even today, background radiation is continuously measured and displayed by monitoring posts around Finland, just as it is done in Fukushima.

Dr. Salmonen, as a young mother at the time of the Chernobyl accident, acknowledged her initial anxiety about children’s safety. However, she does not anticipate any increase in thyroid cancers in Fukushima as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi accident.


To view the slides of Dr. Salminen, click here.

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27-28 Oct 2014 KIRAMS visited FMU

On 27-28 Oct. 2014, delegates from the Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Science visited FMU and a joint seminar was held. KIRAMS made presentation on Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness in Korea, Improvement of Radiation Emergency Medical Response System of Korea, Dosimetry in Korea, and Biological Research Activities of Radiation Exposure in KIRAM’S National Radiation Emergency Medical Center.

Thereafter, FMU explained Economic & Financial Aspects of the Nuclear Accident, Education in Radiation Medicine, D-shuttle Project and ICRP, Emergency Medicine just after the Nuclear Accident, and the Fukushima Health Management Survey (Basic Survey and 4 Detailed Surveys).

After the joint seminar, KIRAMS delegates visited a radiation screening facility for rice, a storage depot for contaminated soil, and temporary housing for coastal evacuees. KIRAMS and FMU agreed to pursue mutually beneficial joint projects in the future. In November, FMU Professor Arifumi Hasegawa and Dr. Atsushi Kumagai will visit KIRAMS and participate in a Korean conference on radiation medicine.

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Presentations (Click on any underlined one to view.)

Seung-Sook LEE
Director General, National Radiation Emergency Medical Center, Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences, Korea
“Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness in KOREA”

Min-su CHO
Chief, Emergency Preparedness & Education Team, National Radiation Emergency Medical Center, Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences, Korea
“Improvement of Radiation Emergency Medical Response System of Korea”

Jaeryong YOO
Senior researcher/Health physics team, National Radiation Emergency Medical Center, Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Science, Korea
“Dosimetry of KIRAMS”

Seiji YASUMURA
Department of Public Health, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine,
Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University
“Overview of Fukushima Health Management Survey”

Tetsuo ISHIKAWA
Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University
“The Basic survey: Estimation of external doses to residents in Fukushima Prefecture”

Shgeatsu HASHIMOTO
Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University
“First two-years results of Comprehensive Health Check as One Facet of the Fukushima Health Management Survey”

Masaharu MAEDA
Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University
“MENTAL HEALTH/LIFESTYLE SURVEY and interventions for residents in disaster area”

Shinichi SUZUKI
Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University
“Three-years results of the Fukushima Thyroid Ultrasound Examination after the Fukushima NPP accident”

14 Oct 2014 Dr. Gerry Thomas from UK visited FMU

Dr. Gerry Thomas, Professor of Molecular Pathology at Imperial College London, directs the Chernobyl Tissue Bank. She and Ms. Naomi Cowan from the British Embassy in Tokyo visited FMU on October 14th, as promised on Prof. Thomas’ previous visit to Fukushima in August.

She exchanged views on our Thyroid Ultrasound Examination (TUE) program with FMU doctors. After that we held an informal seminar. Dr. Thomas made a presentation on the Chernobyl Tissue Bank. From FMU, Prof. Kenneth Nollet introduced the Fukushima Health Management Survey, followed by detailed results of TUE by Prof. Shinichi Suzuki and a presentation by A/Prof. Akiko Yagi on mental health issues after 3.11.

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To view the slides of Dr. Thomas, click here.

To view the slides of Dr. Nollet, click here.

To view the slides of Dr. Suzuki, click here.

5-6 Sep 2014 UNSCEAR held a briefing in Fukushima city

Members of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) visited Fukushima Prefecture to discuss the comprehensive report they published on 2 April 2014, Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

More than one hundred health professionals, educators, and others in each of two cities (Fukushima and Koriyama) gathered to hear their summary and discuss the report with spirited dialog. One of the important recommendations from the audience was that UNSCEAR members offer the same kind of dialog in places more convenient for those who had to relocate after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. UNSCEAR representatives heartily agreed, and we look forward to their future visits.

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Some of the slides used to illustrate the process and results of the UNSCEAR Report.

Some of the slides used to illustrate the process and results of the UNSCEAR Report.

UNSCEAR representatives supported by translators from Freecom, a company based in Koriyama, Fukushima.

UNSCEAR representatives supported by translators from Freecom, a company based in Koriyama, Fukushima.

17-21 Aug 2014 20th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology

Dr. Seiji YASUMURA of FMU introduced the Fukushima Health Management Survey to delegates of the 20th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology held in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 17-21 August 2014. As many epidemiologists around the world are interested in the health of Fukushima residents since the nuclear accident, this poster attracted a lot of attention and spirited discussion.

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Presentation Material


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