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Announcement of Publication of English version “Public Health in a Nuclear Disaster”

October 18, 2016
                             
Dr. Seiji Yasumura, Professor and Chair of Fukushima Medical University’s Department of Public Health, and Assistant to the Director of the Fukushima Health Management Survey, compiled and edited a book now available in English, Public Health in a Nuclear Disaster – Message from Fukushima – (originally, 原子力災害の公衆衛生 福島からの発信), a record of 1000 days of public health activities in the prefecture since March 11, 2011. This new English version was translated with adaptations for an international audience.

The original Japanese version was published in January 2014 to describe countermeasures applicable to future accidents, which we nevertheless hope will never happen. Prefectural government officials, municipal public health officials, various professional organizations, and others wrote about facts and lessons for future generations, what happened in the field of public health, and how they felt as public health officials active in our disaster.

The English version includes commentaries on various activities performed by Hiroshima University, which dispatched a total of more than 1,300 staff including doctors, technicians, nurses, and others providing multilateral support for the reconstruction of Fukushima, and new human resource development initiatives which were born in the wake of this support to Fukushima. Regarding the activities of Hiroshima University, Dr. Kenji Kamiya, Vice President of Hiroshima University, concurrently Vice President of Fukushima Medical University and Senior Director of the Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University, served as editor.

The English version of this book was published by Hiroshima University Press on August 23, 2016. In the future, an English e-book will also be released for library e-book services.

●Outline of English version
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Title: Public Health in a Nuclear Disaster – Message from Fukushima –
Edited by: Seiji Yasumura and Kenji Kamiya
Published by: Hiroshima University Press
Contents:
Chapter 1 What Nuclear Disaster Means
Chapter 2 Initiatives of Public Administrations
Chapter 3 Situation of and Countermeasures by Each Individual Municipality
Chapter 4 Activities of Various Professional Organizations
Chapter 5 Measures taken by Hiroshima University
Chapter 6 Suggestions – Toward the Future –
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Paperback: ISBN: 78-4-903068-37-4 JPY5724
e-book(will be published): ISBN:978-4-903068-38-1 
                  


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