Rice was planted in May. After harvest, Fukushima rice is screened for radioactivity to keep contaminated products off the market. Since 2015, all rice has passed screening, and the market price for our agricultural products is improving.
Cherry blossoms are everyone’s passion. Weather reports in the spring include progress of the cherry blossom “front” as it sweeps across Japan.
As Fukushima is located about 200 km north of Tokyo, we enjoy cherry blossoms a little later, usually from early- to mid-April.
In Miharu Town of Fukushima, there is famous Miharu-taki-zakura or Miharu waterfall cherry tree, more than 1000 years old.
Fukushima is prosperous in the production of fruits, vegetables (including wild mountain vegetables for tempura) and grains such as rice and buckwheat (for soba noodles).
Prof. Gerry Thomas (Imperial College London) co-edited a new book with Prof. Shunichi Yamashita (jointly appointed as a Vice President of Fukushima Medical University and Nagasaki University), “Thyroid Cancer and Nuclear Accidents: Long-Term Aftereffects of Chernobyl and Fukushima” (©2017 Academic Press, 246 pages, ISBN 9780128127698 for e-book and 9780128127681 for paperback).
This book is one outcome of the 5th International Expert Symposium in Fukushima, held in the momentous year 2016, marking 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, and 5 years after Japan’s earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis. The symposium was organized by the Nippon Foundation and jointly hosted by Fukushima Medical University, Nagasaki University, and the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation.
With 72 contributors authoring 20 chapters, this book applies academic rigor to the relationship between nuclear accidents and thyroid cancer, drawing on data and expertise from respected international authorities. It also describes the current status of Fukushima and future challenges related to thyroid screening after a nuclear accident.
“Thyroid Cancer and Nuclear Accidents: Long-Term Aftereffects of Chernobyl and Fukushima” is expected to be used globally as a definitive textbook in radiation medical science..
For more details, including editors’ credentials and a table of contents, please visit your favorite bookseller or the publisher’s web page:
Proceedings of the international symposium “Five Years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis” held in March 2016 were released.
For all proceedings(English and Japanese), please click here.
Or you can download English or Japanese part only:
For the index and English part, click here,
and Japanese part, please click here.
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.