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New research reveals further insight into Fukushima Daiichi material release

New paper reveals further insight into Fukushima Daiichi material release through analogues to volcanic processes. A new paper, published today in Nature Scientific Reports, provides further insights into the particulate material released into the environment following the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) in 2011. This new research builds upon that performed […]

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A Collaborative Database to Support the Ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

Research Area: Nuclear Hazards and Risks Researchers: Dr Peter Martin, Dr David Richards, Professor Tom Scott – University of Bristol Partners: Diamond Light Source, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Sellafield Ltd. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Contact: peter.martin@bristol.ac.uk   The Challenge The accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) in March 2011 represents […]

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Bristol Professor awarded JSPS Fellowship

Professor Philip Thomas of the University of Bristol has been awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) International Fellowship. The JSPS provides fellowship programmes for overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan. The programmes are intended to […]

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Evaluating Secondary health issues from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident

  • Tuesday 10th December, 6pm
  • Queens Building, University of Bristol
  • Speaker: Professor Masahuaru Tsubokura, Fukushima Medical University


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Talk Synopsis

Health issues accompanying radiation disasters are not limited to radiation exposure but multifaceted with changes in living and social environments. The most serious problem, during the early stages of the Fukushima accident, involved the health effects of evacuation, especially among elderly people. A shortage of human and material resources and the need to maintain an infrastructure were also problems.

In the medium and long term, there are various types of health issues to be considered, which include deterioration of the lifestyle diseases, psychological burden, decline in motor function, changes in medical system and treatment behavior, and increased nursing care. Many of these problems are considered as those which have arisen as a result of the lack of social support and changes in surrounding environment rather than thinking as an individual's own judgment or decision-making problem. Considering these various health risks in a well-balanced manner and taking long-term countermeasures are necessary after a nuclear accident.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Masaharu Tsubokura is a Specially Appointed Professor at the Department of Public Health in Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine. After the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in 2011, he worked with local municipalities in Fukushima, and played an important role in the establishment of the internal radiation exposure screening programs for the local residents.

He is also a member of the committee on radiation protection and public health in Minamisoma and Soma Cities, and has actively sought to provide radiation seminars to the public, to respond to public worries about the effects of radiation exposure on health.

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Analysing and Imaging of Fuel Debris Fallout Particles from Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant Accident

Research Area: Nuclear Hazards and Risks PI: Dr Peter Martin Partners: Diamond Light Source, Japan Atomic Energy Agency Contact: peter.martin@bristol.ac.uk The Challenge Although the three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) were not damaged by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake in 2011, the entire site was inundated by the ensuing 15m high […]

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