4th: March 5, 2022
2022 Fukushima Medical University International Symposium on the Fukushima Health Management Survey
The Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey held its 4th International Symposium, with participation of local residents, health and medical professionals, students, local government administrators, and others.
Science for Society: Advancing Fukushima’s Well-Being
Date and Venue
Saturday, March 5, 2022, on site and online:
Multi-purpose Hall, Fukushima Ekimae Campus, Fukushima Medical University
National and international remote access was provided, with simultaneous translation, via Zoom
Nominal support from:
- Fukushima Prefectural Government, Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education
- Hiroshima University, Nagasaki University, Fukushima University, The University of Aizu
- Radiation Effects Research Foundation, National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology
- Japanese Government’s Cabinet Office, Reconstruction Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Environment
- Fukushima Medical Association, Fukushima Association of Occupational Therapy, Fukushima Midwives Association, Fukushima Prefecture Mental Health and Welfare Association, Hospital Association of Fukushima Prefecture, Fukushima Physical Therapy Association, Fukushima Association of Medical Technologists, Fukushima Collaborative Reconstruction Center, Fukushima Nursing Association, Fukushima Dental Association, Fukushimaken Association of Radiological Technologists, Fukushima Society of Medical Science, Fukushima Society of Certified Public Psychologists, Fukushima Obstetrics and Gynecology Association, Support Center for Nursery Teachers and Daycare Centers in Fukushima Prefecture, Fukushima Society of Certified Clinical Psychologists
- Fukushima-Minpo Co., Ltd., The Fukushima Minyu Shimbun, NHK Fukushima, Fukushima Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Fukushima Central Television Co., Ltd., Fukushima Broadcasting Co., Ltd., TV-U Fukushima, Inc., Radio Fukushima Co., Ltd., FM Fukushima
In cooperation with:
- United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation
- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Number of participants
161 participants in total: 41 at the venue and 120 online
This international symposium has convened since 2019 to promote understanding of the Fukushima Health Management Survey among the general public and to share knowledge and experience from the international scientific community.
At this 4th event, Executive Director KAMIYA Kenji, along with 8 other experts from in and outside Japan, presented results of the Fukushima Health Management Survey and findings from related fields. In sessions that followed the presentations, various topics, including prospects for the future, were actively discussed.
The first session consisted of presentations and discussion addressing potential health effects of radiation, based on the latest results and findings from the UNSCEAR 2020/2021 Report and the Fukushima Health Management Survey. The second session focused on necessary support measures for the health concerns of Fukushima’s people and the evolving role of the Fukushima Health Management Survey.
Finally, questions from audience prompted earnest discussion, a medical student made remarks on school life during the pandemic, and panelists exchanged opinions with candor.
- For the details of the program and presenters’ biographies, please access the Program and Abstracts by clicking here.
- A Japanese-language report on our 2022 international symposium is available by clicking here.
- Presentation slides are available.
Session 1 Thinking about the effects of radiation in Fukushima
Gillian HIRTH The UNSCEAR 2020 Report on Fukushima: Implications of Information published since the UNSCEAR 2013 Report
NIWA Ohtsura Genetic Effects of Radiation: Lessons learned from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Chernobyl
SHIMURA Hiroki What the Fukushima Health Management Survey has revealed about the risk of thyroid cancer
OHIRA Tetsuya Lessons leaned from the Fukushima Health Management Survey: Effects of radiation exposure on physical abd mental health
Session 2 Thinking about Well-being of the body and mind after a disaster
Craig L. Katz Disasters and Mental Health: Lessons from 9/11 and the COVID-19 Pandemic
BABA Hiroshi Health measures in Katsurao Village after the lifting of evacuation order from the entire village due to the Fukushima nuclear accident
MAEDA Masaharu Introduction of WHO framework for mental health and psychosocial support in nuclear emergencies: what should we learn from Fukushima disaster?
SHIMABUKURO Michio Non-communicable diseases and health support: a perspective from the Fukushima Health Management Survey