France, which relies on nuclear reactors for about 70% of its electrical power demand, has a commission in every location that hosts a nuclear power plant. The “Commission locale d’information” serving Manche, France (Les CLI de la Manche, http://www.climanche.fr), is one such commission. They have previously published about Fukushima on their website, and dispatched a follow-up delegation to FMU for the purpose of discussing up-to-date results of the Fukushima Health Management Survey. Each CLI’s mission is to disclose reliable information on nuclear facilities to the residents they serve.
The delegates of Les CLI de la Manche were led by their deputy chair and included other members of the Manche département assembly, mayors, experts, NGO members and other stakeholders.
FMU Vice President Koichi Tanigawa and other doctors, including Professors Seiji Yasumura, Akira Ohtsuru and Masaharu Maeda presented in detail how the Fukushima Health Management Survey is organized, and its latest results, especially focusing on thyroid screening and mental health issues among individuals who have been displaced or otherwise affected by Japan’s March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.
International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) delegates, led by Dr. Claire Cousins, Chair of ICRP, were received by FMU President Shin-ichi Kikuchi and other FMU professors on 13 March 2017. They discussed the long and productive relationship between ICRP and FMU including remarkable progress in the Dialog Seminar series, most recently culminating in the 16th Dialog on March 12, which followed a March 11 study tour in the “Difficult-to-Return Zone” closest to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
After their visit to President Kikuchi’s office, ICRP delegates proceeded to FMU’s Office of International Cooperation for further discussions with FMU professors. Mr. Lochard of ICRP made a presentation on ICRP and its history with FMU, and the participants discussed future cooperation.
Dr. Cousins and Dr. Kikuchi (the 5th and 6th from the right)
Foreign Press Center Japan (FPCJ) invited delegates from Fukushima Medical University (FMU) to discuss the health and future prospects of Fukushima residents who experienced the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. FMU delegates visited FPCJ headquarters on March 9, 2017. The delegates, who all have positions in FMU’s Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, included: Prof. Koichi Tanigawa, FMU Vice President and Senior Director, Radiation Medical Science Center; Prof. Akira Ohtsuru, Director, Department of the Thyroid Ultrasound Examination; and Prof. Tetsuya Ohira, Director of the Health Promotion Center.
As the Great East Japan Earthquake was complicated by a tsunami and nuclear power plant crisis, the day’s topic was, “Health of Fukushima Residents, Six Years after the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident.” Details pertained to mental and physical health parameters of residents since the disaster, results of thyroid screening for young people, and future challenges, especially, as published in respected academic journals..
FPCJ’s mission is to help foreign correspondents disseminate accurate information from Japan to global audiences. The first briefing to FPCJ on the Fukushima Health Management Survey was held in February, 2016. This second briefing attracted 25 participants, including 17 journalists from Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Spain, and the United States, who posed many thoughtful questions after the presentation.
Video coverage of the briefing can be viewed at:.