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.

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:


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.


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.


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?


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.