1-2 Oct 2016 The rehabilitation of living conditions in the Futaba region

The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) convened 12 Dialogue Seminars for Fukushima Prefecture residents, with other domestic and international participants, from November 2011 to September 2015. Dialog Seminar reports appear on the ICRP site.

Following these 12 seminars, an international workshop on this Dialog Initiative convened in Date City, Fukushima, on 12-13 December 2015, as reported here.

This year, a follow-up study tour and Dialogue Seminar convened in Iitate Village, Fukushima, 9-10 July 2016, which is reported here.

This time, a Dialogue Seminar entitled “The rehabilitation of living conditions in the Futaba region” was convened in Kawauchi Village on 1-2 October 2016 jointly organized by Kawauchi Village and Nagasaki University.

The First day:
Session 1: The situation in the Futaba region
Administrative officials from some towns and villages in the Futaba region made presentations on their reconstruction activities and outcomes since the disaster.
Following these presentations, the chairman of a commerce and industry association in Kawauchi Village talked about the association’s efforts for reconstruction.
Nagasaki University has been active in Kawauchi Village since 2013, and their representative who has been in the village gave a presentation on the measures of strengthening risk communications with residents there.

Session 2: The socio-economic conditions for returning home
Roundtable discussion by residents in the Futaba region was held concerning the activities they have been doing since the disaster.
In the afternoon, the participants were divided in to three groups; in each group, residents discussed and exchanged various views about what has been carried out for recovery in order to ensure acceptable living conditions in their communities at this stage and what future plans should be implemented.

The Second day:
Session 3: Returning home: decontamination, waste management and environmental surveillance
A Japanese expert and a resident made presentations on decontamination, waste management and environmental surveillance, after which participants were again divided into three groups to discuss the above-mentioned issues.

Session 4: Supporting and disseminating experience for the future of Futaba region and beyond
Three experts, from the Ministry of the Environment, Fukushima Medical University, and Fukushima University, made presentations on their support of local activities in this region for a brighter future.

Finally, the two-day seminar concluded that for the way forward, a shared vision of the future is needed, along with a framework to support local products.

Second Announcement: 5th International Expert Symposium in Fukushima will be held on September 26, 27 (Program is available now)

Thirty years have passed since the Chernobyl nuclear accident, and five years since the Fukushima nuclear accident. Building on what we have discussed at previous International Expert Symposiums, this time our theme is, “Chernobyl+30, Fukushima+5: Lessons and Solutions for Fukushima’s Thyroid Question.” At this symposium, we will focus on thyroid cancer issues, deepen everyone’s understanding of the thyroid gland from the standpoint of evidence-based medicine (EBM), and discuss recent situational improvements in Fukushima, as well as the latest thinking about long-term health surveillance in the prefecture.

The schedule of the symposium is as follows:

Date: September 26-27 (Mon-Tue), 2016

Venue: The Celecton Fukushima

Organizer: Nippon Foundation

Co-organizers: Fukushima Medical University, Nagasaki University, Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation

Program of the 5th Expert Symposium

 

■ Contact

Secretariat of the 5th International Expert Symposium in Fukushima

fukushima2016@convention.co.jp

 

 

16-17 Jun 2016 Radiation Medicine in Research and Practice (4th International Seminar of WHO): Health effects 30 years after Chernobyl, 5 years after Fukushima

The World Health Organization (WHO) Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network (REMPAN) convened a two-day seminar at Würzburg  University, a REMPAN Collaborating Center, June 16-17, 2016. Fukushima Medical University, a REMPAN Liaison Institution, sent Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Dr. Atsushi Kumagai to Würzburg  as delegates and speakers. Würzburg University has been especially involved in thyroid cancer treatment following the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. As the seminar’s secretariat, Würzburg University was an outstanding venue for information sharing about health effects attributed to Chernobyl and Fukushima. FMU’s Dr. Suzuki presented the latest thyroid ultrasound screening results of children and adolescents in Fukushima.  Dr. Kumagai reported 5 years of comprehensive health management for Fukushima residents of all ages, the current status of radiation risk perception, and various challenges residents face. Other speakers from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United States provided deep insights into post-Chernobyl and post-Fukushima disaster remediation, along with broadly applicable epidemiological theory and risk-mediation measures.

 

 

9-10 Jul 2016 Follow up to the ICRP Dialogue Initiative

The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) held 12 Dialogue Seminars for Fukushima Prefecture residents, with other domestic and international participants, from November 2011 to September 2015. These are reported at the ICRP site.

An international workshop on this Dialog Initiative convened in Date City, Fukushima, on 12-13 December 2015, as reported at here.

Most recently, a follow-up study tour and Dialogue Seminar convened in Iitate Village, Fukushima, 9-10 July 2016.

The First day:

International and Japanese experts visited the farm land and homesteads of several residents who have made continuous efforts to restore their pre-3.11 lives and work..

The Second day:

International and Japanese stakeholders, including a local youth, made presentations and had a panel discussion.  The participants expressed their views about (1) the many things to do for reconstruction of the village; (2) many evacuees who would not return to the village, especially young people; (3) employment opportunities needed to enable evacuees to return to the village; (4) further decontamination of forest and mountain areas to reassure inhabitants; (5) perception gaps between the government and residents on the situation of the village; (6) diverging views, even among experts, on residual radiation; (7) how restrictions by the government can impede reconstruction; and (8) how new agricultural approaches including farming without soil, and expanding farms would be promising.