Seventh Asian Regional Conference on the Evolution of the System of Radiological Protection
General information

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) held the Seventh Regional Conference on the Evolution of the System of Radiological Protection (RP). The international forum provided an exchange of information and experience between various stakeholders (regulators, scientists, governmental and non-governmental organizations, local groups and journalists) in radiological protection and public health.

Objectives

The conference focused on extracting various radiological protection issues based on experience from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.

The objectives of this conference were to:

  • share knowledge and experience of various stakeholders who have implemented protective actions following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in order to highlight current radiological protection issues;
  • analyse identified issues in order to review their possible impacts on the system;
  • discuss how and where the system of radiological protection could evolve to better address the issues that have been identified.
Programme

Day 1 – Thursday, 8 January 2015

Conference opening: Welcome remarks from conference host organisations (Video)

  • Dr Ann McGarry, CRPPH Chair, Director of the Office of Radiological Protection in Environmental  Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Dr Kayoko Nakamura, Commissioner, Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA)
  • Mr Masaaki Tanaka, Deputy Director General, Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)   
  • Prof. Yoshiharu Yonekura, President, National Institute of Radiological Science (NIRS) 

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and CRPPH (Video)

 

Speaker: Mr. Kazuo Shimomura (NEA)

Session 1: Overview of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident and its consequences [Video (part one)  | Video (part two)

Chair: Dr Kazuo Sakai (NIRS)

1.1 Future Vision of 12 Fukushima Municipalities 

Speaker: Mr Shintaro Matsumoto (Reconstruction agency, Japan)

1.2 Overview of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident from the Asian point of view 

Speaker:  Dr Kun-Woo CHO (Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), Korea)

1.3 What are the new challenges for Radiation Protection System based on experience from the Fukushima accident? 

Speaker: Dr Michiaki Kai (ICRP, Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Japan)

Discussion and questions

Session 2: Life in an existing exposure situation (special related issues)

Chair: Mr Simon Carroll (Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, Sweden)  

Topic 1: Remediation and reconstruction (Video)

2.1 Japan’s Decontamination Efforts and its Effects 

Speaker: Mr Seiji Tsutsui  (Ministry of the Environment, Japan)

2.2 Decontamination in Date City 

Speaker: Mr Takahiro Hanzawa (Date-City, Japan)

2.3 To support Children (From Fukushima, elementary school sites affected by the Nuclear Accident 

Speaker: Ms Ritsuko Ito (school teacher, Japan)

2.4 To measure, understand, discuss by ourselves 

Speaker: Ms Ryoko Ando (Ethos in Fukushima, Japan)

Discussion and questions

Topic 2: Evacuation and returning home (Video)

2.5 Japanese Government Challenges for Returning Home

Speaker: Hiroo Inoue (Support team for residents affected by nuclear incidents, Nuclear emergency response headquarters, Cabinet Office, Japan)

2.6  Challenges of returning to Kawauchi Village 

Speaker: Mr Yuko Endo (Kawauchi-Village, Japan)

2.7  Current Status of Long-term Evacuation and Potential Solutions 

Speaker: Mr Kensuke Tadano (Minamisouma City Councillor, Japan)

Discussion and questions

Session 3: Psychological impact and information sharing (special related issues) (Video 3.1-3.3 | Video 3.4-3.6 )

Chair: Dr Kenneth E. Nollet (Fukushima Medical University (FMU), Japan)

3.1  Multidimensional Psychosocial issues in Fukushima :A mental health survey 

Speaker: Dr Masaharu Maeda (FMU, Japan)

3.2  How to Introduce Up-to-date Radiation Protection Information to Citizens? 

Speaker:  Dr Ryugo Hayano (University of Tokyo, Japan)

3.3  Explanation on how to address concerns regarding human health effects of radiation (Action in Nagasaki University/Kawauchi Village Base) 

Speaker:  Ms Makiko Orita (Nagasaki University, Japan)

Discussion and questions

3.4  Perception of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident by the International Community

Speaker: Dr Ng Kwan Hoong (University of Malaya, Malaysia)

3.5  Journalism in a time of radiation discharge 

Speaker: Mr Aaron Sheldrick (Thomson Reuters)

3.6  Challenge of unravelling tangled problems regarding radiation 

Speaker: Mr Masaya Hayakawa (Fukushima-Minpo, Japan)

Discussion and questions

Summary and closing for the first day

Day 2 – Friday, 9 January 2015

Parallel sessions

Topic 1 – Life in an existing exposure situation [Video (Part one | Part two )]

Chair: Mr Simon Carroll (Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, Sweden)

Rapporteur: Dr Haruyuki Ogino [Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CREPI), Japan]

Topic 2 – Psychological impact and information sharing [Video (Part one | Part two )]

Chair: Dr Kenneth E. Nollet (FMU)

Rapporteur: Dr Kazumasa Shimada [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)]

Session 4: Parallel sessions summary, new challenges with the radiological protection system and conclusion (Video)

Chair: Dr Ann McGarry (CRPPH)

Parallel sessions summary (topic 1) 

Speaker: Dr Haruyuki Ogino (CREPI)

Chair's reflections on parallel sessions topic 1 

Speaker: Mr Simon Carroll (Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, Sweden)

Parallel sessions summary (topic 2) 

Speaker: Dr Kazumasa Shimada (JAEA)

New challenges with the radiological protection system 

Speaker: Dr Kazuo Sakai (NIRS)

Discussion, questions and conclusion 

Closing remarks (Video)

Conference organisation

This conference was organised by NEA CRPPH, co-organised by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) and the National Institute of Radiation Sciences (NIRS).

The working language of the conference was English, with simultaneous translation in English and Japanese.

Venue

Sanjo Conference Hall
University of Tokyo at Hongo Campus,
Tokyo, Japan  
7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8654, Japan
Hongo campus map
Tel.:  +81-(0)3-3818-3008
Fax:  +81-(0)3-5841-2315

When?
8 - 9 January 2015
University of Tokyo at Hongo Campus, Tokyo Japan
Contact
Dr Edward Lazo Deputy Head of Division Radiological Protection and Human Aspects of Nuclear Safety Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Tel.: +33 (0) 1 73 21 29 42 E-mail: edward.lazo@oecd-nea.org