16 Mar 2015 “Seminar: Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Health Risk Management” Convened

This Seminar was held on 16 March 2015 at Sendai City Silver Center in Sendai City. It was a Public Forum associated with the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. This seminar was one of about 400 events held during the UN conference. About 50 people participated in this seminar.

The first lecture, by Professor Kenneth Nollet, was “Health Status of Fukushima Residents after the Nuclear Accident.” He explained the Fukushima Health Management Survey, a comprehensive and scientific survey of people in Fukushima after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis. The interim outcome of this survey is released about 4 times in a year on line.
His slides are here.

The second lecture, by Professor Arifumi Hasegawa, was “Medical Response to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident at Fukushima Medical University Hospital.” Drawing lessons from our response, he recommended the following:
◾Maintain awareness of the risks around us
◾Exercise precautions for predictable risks
◾Minimize uncertainties to the extent possible
◾Learn from experience and history
◾Acquire knowledge and skill

His slides are here.

The third lecture, by Dr. Atsushi Kumagai, was “Risk Communication after the Radiation Disaster; Living Safely and Soundly in Fukushima.”
His points include the following.
◾Purpose of risk communication is
1. To support citizens’ understanding of level of risk.
2. To support citizens’ own decision-making.
◾Communication patterns will change with time
1. Crisis → Post Crisis → Before Accident
◾Sympathy-based communication vs. Data-based communication
◾Medical professionals are the best suited to address radiation anxieties.
◾Being an expert during a crisis is much more than delivery of information.
◾Comprehensive support is essential. It requires humanity and liberal arts.

His slides are here.

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