5th: March 4, 2023
2023 Fukushima Medical University International Symposium on the Fukushima Health Management Survey
The Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey held its 5th International Symposium, with participation of local residents, health and medical professionals, students, local government administrators, and wide variety of audience.
The 5th Symposium Reports
The International Symposium is held with the aim of deepening the understanding of Fukushima Prefecture residents regarding the Fukushima Health Management Survey, and to share our experiences and knowledge with the world.
This year, the fifth Symposium in our series, featured relevant presentations and lively discussions on future prospects by 10 foreign and domestic experts, including Dr. Kenji Kamiya, Executive Director of Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey.
The first half of the session covered the scientific findings obtained over a decade of the Survey pertaining to individual external radiation doses, the Comprehensive Health Check, the Mental Health and Lifestyle Survey, and the Pregnancy and Birth Survey. These were first published in a peer-reviewed journal of the Japan Epidemiological Association as a Special Issue on Fukushima – A Decade After the Great East Japan Earthquake in December 2022. In the latter half of the session, presentations were made on how to communicate these scientific findings to a wide audience, and how people can interact with subject matter experts.
Although the time was limited during the discussions in each session, there was a lively exchange of opinions, incorporating questions submitted by audience members in-person and on-line.
- For the details of the program and presenters’ biographies, please access the Program and Abstracts by clicking here.
- The report on our 5th (2023) international symposium is available by clicking here.
*Currently available only in Japanese
Numbers of participants
186 participants in total: 54 on site and 132 online
Session 1 Weaving Scientific Evidence into our Thoughts on Health
Cari M. KITAHARA Understanding of the causes and trends in thyroid cancer incidence
SHIMURA Hiroki Factors associated with the development of thyroid cancer identified in thyroid examinations
SHIMABUKURO Michio Evidence on non-communicable diseases: Lessons from the Fukushima Health Management Survey
MAEDA Masaharu Remote support for affected people following 2011 Fukushima disaster: Telephone intervention combined with the Mental Health and Lifestyle Survey
YASUDA Shun Effects of external radiation exposure on perinatal outcomes in pregnant women after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident: The Fukushima Health Management Survey
Session 2 Health Communication: Valuing Facts and Feelings for our Future
Rima E. RUDD Health Literacy: Increasing Access to Information, Care, and Services
GOTO Aya Health literacy promotion in Fukushima and beyond
SATOH Tsutomu Development of a collaborative community – aiming to create a town of fukushi (happiness/well-being)
SEKIYA Naoya Reputational damage and distribution damage in radiation disasters after the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Pictures from the 5th Symposium
Thinking Together about Health, Life, and our Future in Fukushima
Date and Venue
Saturday, March 4, 2023, on site and online:
Multi-purpose Hall, Fukushima Ekimae Campus, Fukushima Medical University
Domestic and international remote access was provided, with simultaneous translation, via Zoom
Nominal support from:
- Fukushima Prefecture, Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education
- Hiroshima University, Nagasaki University, Fukushima University, The University of Aizu
- Radiation Effects Research Foundation, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological 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 Pharmaceutical Association, 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 Ward Council on Social Welfare, Fukushima Society of Medical Science, Fukushima Society of Certified Public Psychologists, Fukushima Obstetrics and Gynecology Association, 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 Co., Ltd., Radio Fukushima Co., Ltd., FM Fukushima
In cooperation with:
- National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA
- Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA