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.

 

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