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13 Mar 2017 International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) leaders visited FMU

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.

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Dr. Cousins and Dr. Kikuchi (the 5th and 6th from the right)

 
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Explanation of the Fukushima Health Survey to Foreign Correspondents

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:.
http://fpcj.jp/en/worldnews-en/briefings-en/p=52959/

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4 Feb 2017 Report on Research Base for Radiation Accidents and Medical Science “Citizens’ College” in Fukushima

Approaching 6 years since the complex disaster of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, restoration efforts are visible. On the other hand, there remain unsolved problems, such as many evacuees who still live inside and outside Fukushima Prefecture, away from the places they regard as “home.” In support of them, and to promote open dialog on further reconstruction, a “Citizens’ College” convened in Fukushima City on February 4, 2017. Organized by the Research Base for Radiation Accidents and Medical Science, established in April, 2016, this Citizens’ College attracted about 150 participants, mainly prefectural residents.

After opening remarks by representatives of FMU and the Fukushima Prefectural Government, Yuko Endo, Mayor of Kawauchi Village, and Hideo Yanagisawa, NHK commentator, gave special lectures. They talked about their commitments to reconstruction as well as the need to get close to residents, to listen to residents’ opinions, to respect them, and to proceed with restoration with due regard for local preferences.
Subsequently, Drs. Masaya Yamauchi, Vice Director of Hiroshima University, Ichiro Sekine, Professor Emeritus of Nagasaki University, and Seiichi Takenoshita, Special Assistant to the President of FMU, offered their individual perspectives on nuclear disaster recovery, followed by a panel discussion by all three doctors. Through presentations and discussions by experts from Hiroshima University, Nagasaki University, and FMU, common issues emerged about reconstruction, whether from atomic bombs or nuclear accidents.
This Citizens’ College event was considered to be a valuable first step for the creation of “Recovery and Revitalization Studies” as well as a good opportunity for developing the cooperation of the three universities constituting the Research Base for Radiation Accidents and Medical Science, whose objectives are “to establish an academic foundation for advanced and integrated radiation disaster and medical science research, and to offer the results of the research to residents of the nation and to the international community.”

The titles of the presentations are listed:

1. Special Lectures
Yuko Endo: Breaking Away vs. Breaking Free
Hideo Yanagisawa: Toward an Order-Made Restoration
2. Presentations
Masaya Yamauchi: Reconstruction from Devastation – Hiroshima
Ichiro Sekine: Nagasaki – Reconstruction after the Atomic Bomb
Seiichi Takenoshita: Fukushima’s Medical Base for Revitalization and Reconstruction

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19 Jan 2017 KIRAMS and FMU sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

On 18 January, Fukushima Medical University (FMU) and the Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences (KIRAMS) signed an MOU to advance their international cooperation in various aspects of radiation emergency medicine.

This MOU recognizes many collegial relationships that developed from KIRAMS’ outreach following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant crisis. FMU and KIRAMS have cooperated in academic exchange, including the dispatch of delegates and speakers to conferences held by each institution. This MOU formalizes a growing cooperative relationship.

Projects that will emerge from this MOU include joint sponsorship of radiation emergency medicine training programs intended for participants from around the world.

KIRAM’s National Radiation Emergency Medical Center and FMU’s Fukushima Global Medical Science Center are the designated partners in this MOU.

Areas of Cooperation
– Medical preparedness for radiation emergencies
– Education and training for REM personnel
– Physical & biological dose assessment
– Therapeutics for high-dose radiation-induced damage
– Radiation effects and radiation protection of public from low-dose accidental and natural irradiation
– Risk communication

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【MOU Signing Ceremony between KIRAMS and FMU】

16 Nov 2016 United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) leaders visited FMU

United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) delegates, led by Mr. Malcolm Crick, Secretary of UNSCEAR, met with FMU President Shin-ichi Kikuchi and other management of FMU on 16 November 2016.

Then they had a meeting with FMU professors. FMU made presentations on (1) Overview of Fukushima Health Management Survey, (2) Current status on public dose assessments, (3) Current status on thyroid cancer examination, and (4) Current status on other health effects. The participants from the two organizations exchanged views on the situation in Fukushima and confirmed further cooperation between them.

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Mr. Crick and Dr. Kikuchi (the 3rd and 4th from the left)

 

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Minnesota 2016 October Trip Report

Professor Kenneth Nollet was in Minnesota, 30 September to 9 October 2016.  His main speaking engagement was hosted by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), part of Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety.  In addition to HSEM staff, public health, law enforcement, military, and electric utility professionals attended and actively discussed topics of mutual interest.

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Above: Minnesota’s Emergency Operations Center, during and after Professor Nollet’s presentation, Crisis, Community, and Confidence: A Minnesotan Reflects on Japan’s 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Accident. Lower right: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Joseph Kelly receives a copy of Fukushima: Lives on the Line.

This 7 October 2011 presentation can be accessed in slide-over-notes format here:

 

Nollet also spent time with Hibbing High School students from several science classes, involving them in an interactive presentation, At the Intersection of Biology and Physics: Human Radiation Exposure in the Nuclear Age.

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Above: Hibbing High School, built in 1923, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its education program earned the Bellamy Award in 1968.

 

This trip to Minnesota also included study tours of elder care facilities, with special attention to emergency evacuation policies and practices.  The ability to evacuate residents, their medications, and their care plans is important, as is the wisdom to know when evacuation might do more harm than it prevents.  These are among the lessons from 3.11.

 

Another study tour destination was the Soudan Mine High Energy Physics Lab, recently used to detect neutrino radiation originating from a cyclotron at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois.

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Above: The Soudan Mine High Energy Physics Lab is more than 2300 feet (700 meters) below ground, to shield its particle detectors (upper left) from natural cosmic radiation that penetrates the atmosphere and reaches the earth’s surface.

 


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