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  • This Week's Update — Actions towards measures for Fukushima Nuclear Accident and to calm the radioactivity panic are spreading (26th March, 2012) : Global Energy Policy Research
    of Fukushima and other affected areas 2 Social Panics over radioactivity has spread widely in Japan after the nuclear accident in Fukushima Some caused unscientific actions such as refusing evacuee child from Fukushima entering nursery school What is the background of these extraordinary reaction and thoughts Dr Kumiko Ishikawa Research Fellow Japan Society for the Promotion of Science scholar of history of political philosophy and thanatology contributed a column The Roots on Problem of Radioactivity Panic seen from concepts of impurity and the image of Mother English Translation coming soon During 1930s with militarism in the air there were many mother and child suicides which was an abnormal involvement of mother to a child The current radiation panic has a similar aspect and she points out that in its background in any age there seem to be an excessive burden of childcare for Mother This Week s Web Links 1 ETHOS IN FUKUSHIMA Japanese private volunteers intend learning from experience of ETHOS PROJECT aims to for reconstruction and protection f radioactivity with residents independence 2 ETHOS project report in Belarus 3 Conclusions and Recommendations of the ICRP dialog seminar in Fukushima Video Is Fukushima Dangerous Distorted images of Japan Morley Robertson Nobuo Ikeda What s happen What was the cause in Fukushima Morley Robertson writer and DJ talk about distorted images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda 21st Century Energy Challenges At the ARPA E 2012 summit Bill Gates and U S Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U S and around the world A Web TV Program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation Japanese only Agora Institute who operates GEPR broadcasted a Web TV program Is radiation really so harmful Considering

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  • This Week's Update ー What do we need in order to take away the anxiety of citizens concerning radioactivity? (19th March, 2012) : Global Energy Policy Research
    to think together in risk communication from his own experiences 2 By the Chernobyl accident in 1986 at the Soviet Union radioactive materials spread in Europe GEPR editorial staffs research the public action in Sweden How to protect the society from radioactive contamination English translation coming soon Swedish Government s report points out that it is necessary to balance costs and benefits in order to take measures to protect society from radioactivity and that communication is important in the public action This Week s Report Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology released information about radioactivity monitoring in this site It is highly unlikely that there will be any health damages with current level of radiation Video Is Fukushima Dangerous Distorted images of Japan Morley Robertson Nobuo Ikeda What s happen What was the cause in Fukushima Morley Robertson writer and DJ talk about distorted images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda 21st Century Energy Challenges At the ARPA E 2012 summit Bill Gates and U S Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U S and around the world A Web TV Program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation Japanese only Agora Institute who operates GEPR broadcasted a Web TV program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation on internet video streaming channel Niconico Live on January 19th in Japanese only Nobuo Ikeda President of Agora Incorporated and three experts on radiation risk analysis and energy policy discussed about the situations after Fukushima nuclear accident Their opinions were consistent that potentiality of health damage caused by the Fukushima accident is very small GEPR will provide a summary about this program soon Podcast Agora Inc who operates GEPR

    Original URL path: http://www.gepr.org/en/contents/20120319-05/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Physician's Letter: People Need to Learn about Radioactivity and Health from Doctors - For the best interests of patients, we always follow the Oath of Hippocrates. : Global Energy Policy Research
    established to support the people in their isolation I can only wonder at the tremendous mental and monetary burden that these children and mothers face As a consequence of the nuclear accident a certain quantity of radioactive substances has dispersed beyond the zone of the accident and thus radiation exposure must be fully guarded against Nonetheless the hot spots detected with relatively high amounts of radiation do not affect human health in daily living Many honest doctors are explaining these facts through their speaking activities and urging everyone to remain calm I ask mothers who are considering a evacuation to judge matters calmly Those doctors who have sworn by the Teaching of Hippocrates see note will never allow a patient to make a health harming decision Note Teaching of Hippocrates The text is also called the Hippocratic Oath considered to be compiled in the 4th century BC by Hippocrates the father of western medicine The text found use in western European medical education from the 16th century onward and continues to form the code of practice for physicians in every country today although with some variation The Hippocratic Oath is a sworn statement for doctors to engage with patient health and benefit as the highest priorities Surgery and fetal abortion however are recognized in modern medicine and referring sections are omitted The Oath of Hippocrates from the Kanazawa Medical University webpage I swear by Apollo the Physician and Aesculapius and Health and All heal and all the gods and goddesses that according to my ability and judgment I will keep this oath and this stipulation to reckon him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents to share my substance with him and relieve his necessities if required to look upon his offspring in the same footing as my own brothers and to teach them this art if they shall wish to learn it without fee or stipulation and that by precept lecture and every other mode of instruction I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons and those of my teachers and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine but to none others I will follow that system of regiment which according to my ability and judgment I consider for the benefit of my patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked nor suggest any such counsel and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my art I will not cut persons laboring under the stone but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work Into whatever houses I enter I will go into them for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption of females or males of

    Original URL path: http://www.gepr.org/en/contents/20120227-01/ (2016-02-14)
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  • How Not to be Fooled by Psuedoscientific Misinformation — Facing societal confusion over radioactivity. : Global Energy Policy Research
    in that discipline it is evident that there are fewer mistakes than there would be otherwise Incidentally the acceptance rate for prominent journals such as Science and Nature is no greater than a mere 10 The reviewing process is just that stringent Therefore when one comes into contact with scientific information it is best to look up its source first If the source is unclear though it cannot therefore be completely wrong its credibility should be questioned Secondly try verifying the data yourself In particular the data regarding radioactive substances can seem complicated however it isn t actually all that hard to understand and most of it can be calculated with knowledge of junior high school level math If anything the important thing here is to check what kind of assumptions the calculations are based on For example the regulation of radioactive substances in food will have a new standard of 100 Bq kg starting in April but this assumes that foods with that level of concentration would be eaten continuously for a full year In a real life however it is highly unlikely to eat nothing but contaminated food and the vast majority of foods fall well below the set standard In other words even if one occasionally eats something above the set standard in reality there would not be any harm Thus verifying the data is important to promote cool headed judgments Thirdly verify how the data led to the conclusion or opinion Not to mention the leaps of logic it is necessary to confirm that logics are not changed around cleverly By way of example something we often see in an argument regarding radioactive substances is data from animal experimentation being applied to humans as is In actuality there are cases in which although negative effects were observed in animal experiments they were not observed in humans and vice versa Therefore results from animal experiments are no more than reference data and it is not a proof that humans will experience the same negative effects In contrast epidemiological data obviously uses humans as subjects and if the population is on a large enough scale and accurate statistical methodology is employed it is extremely reliable That is to say if data from animal experiments and epidemiological data contradict each other generally speaking one should trust the latter By unraveling the logic in this way we are more likely to prevent misguided judgments There are many other points to be aware of however even by keeping just the above three points in mind one should be able to make a composed judgment Video Is Fukushima Dangerous Distorted images of Japan Morley Robertson Nobuo Ikeda What s happen What was the cause in Fukushima Morley Robertson writer and DJ talk about distorted images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda 21st Century Energy Challenges At the ARPA E 2012 summit Bill Gates and U S Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st

    Original URL path: http://www.gepr.org/en/contents/20120312-02/ (2016-02-14)
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  • [Announcement] GEPR and International Environmental Economics Institute collaborate in research and contents sharing : Global Energy Policy Research
    the same idea that efforts to make environment and economy compatible on the part of all humankind This attitude is the same as what GEPR aim for By collaborating with IEEI GEPR hopes to widely spread accurate information related to energy to Japan and to the world as well as supporting creation of efficient energy system We would like to thank reader s understanding and support for the activities of IEEI and GEPR Video Is Fukushima Dangerous Distorted images of Japan Morley Robertson Nobuo Ikeda What s happen What was the cause in Fukushima Morley Robertson writer and DJ talk about distorted images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda 21st Century Energy Challenges At the ARPA E 2012 summit Bill Gates and U S Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U S and around the world A Web TV Program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation Japanese only Agora Institute who operates GEPR broadcasted a Web TV program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation on internet video streaming channel Niconico Live on January 19th in Japanese only Nobuo Ikeda President of Agora Incorporated and three experts on radiation risk analysis and energy policy discussed about the situations after Fukushima nuclear accident Their opinions were consistent that potentiality of health damage caused by the Fukushima accident is very small GEPR will provide a summary about this program soon Podcast Agora Inc who operates GEPR releases a podcast program which was originally aired on Jan 19th 2012on internet video streaming channel Nico nico Live Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation Japanese only The panel Nobuo Ikeda Akihiro Sawa Jun Takada and Hiroyuki Matsuda Search

    Original URL path: http://www.gepr.org/en/contents/20120319-04/ (2016-02-14)
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  • This week’s Update - A year from the Great East Japan Earthquake - Reconsidering Nuclear Power (12th March, 2012) : Global Energy Policy Research
    to be fooled by incorrect information which seem to be scientifically correct at a first glance Facing confusion over radioactivity after Fukushima English translation coming soon It was written by a scientist who cooperates with GEPR It presents a view to people how not to be fooled by asserting the source and authority of scientific findings verify data on your own and by examining how conclusions and opinions are reached from the data This Week s Report 1 We introduce America s Energy Future by American Energy Council It is a long report with 5 chapters It expects for innovation and technology development in the field of clean energy with the federal government s support 2 Prof Wade Allison Emeritus Professor of the University of Oxford published a report Public Trust in Nuclear Energy PDF He has contributed a column for GEPR Facing the Facts About Nuclear Radiation Is it really so harmful He points out that excessive fear for nuclear power had spread under the Cold War structure and emphasizes the necessity to face radiation rationally 3 Rebuilt Japan Initiative Foundation a civil research institute published a Investigation and Verification report Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident It s abstract Fukushima in Review A complex disaster a disastrous response is open to public on the web of the Bulletin of the Atomic scientists Video Is Fukushima Dangerous Distorted images of Japan Morley Robertson Nobuo Ikeda What s happen What was the cause in Fukushima Morley Robertson writer and DJ talk about distorted images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda 21st Century Energy Challenges At the ARPA E 2012 summit Bill Gates and U S Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U S and

    Original URL path: http://www.gepr.org/en/contents/20120312-03/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Rise Up, Japan, and Demand Your Area's Share of Tohoku Debris : Global Energy Policy Research
    the urgent need for ordinary citizens to rise up and combat the hard heartedness that is being directed at the people of Tohoku It is bad enough that the refusal to accept the wreckage is based on ignorance and that it may delay reconstruction Worst of all is the disregard for the well being of people in the disaster stricken area By far the biggest danger people in Tohoku face from the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear facilities is psychological becoming stressed depressed or pessimistic about their futures because of fears that they or their children are likely to become sick or fears that others will perceive them as defiled That is one of the major lessons of the Chernobyl disaster where studies have shown that depression alcoholism anxiety disorders suicide and other stress related problems were by far the most damaging public health consequence for people living in the affected areas of Ukraine By clearly showing a willingness to share in disposing of Tohoku debris the people of this country would not only help speed reconstruction they could help lift the spirits of children who have lost beloved relatives and friends and who are struggling to overcome despair They could help minimize the risk of long term emotional injury to people whose courage and endurance last March gave this country back some of the pride it has lost in recent years Some argue that the wreckage should be buried in the stricken areas because it s foolish to spread contamination around Even if it were practical to leave the rubble in Tohoku which officials insist it s not given the huge amount involved it would be heartless because of the hurtful sentiment that would be conveyed Of course any material that is distributed for burial must be carefully tested and not just for radiation A number of chemical plants and other factories were destroyed by the tsunami so perhaps some of the debris contains toxic matter that can only be safely buried in very remote locations But Japanese waste disposal technology surely ranks among the most advanced in the world and if the people in charge can t be trusted to handle this job responsibly then we ve presumably got much bigger environmental problems to worry about This issue should be unrelated to the debate about whether to continue using nuclear energy in Japan Whatever our views on that subject the least we can do for the people of Tohoku is to be supportive not just sympathetic and charitable but encouraging in meaningful ways about their prospects for returning to normal productive lives My wife and I like many people in this country buy as much of our food as possible from Fukushima ken We ve ordered and immensely enjoyed three gambaru pakku Hang in there boxes of Fukushima vegetables fruit and miso and most of the apples peaches strawberries and rice we ve consumed over the past year have come from the prefecture s farms We re totally

    Original URL path: http://www.gepr.org/en/contents/20120308-01/ (2016-02-14)
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  • This week’s Update - A Year from the Great East Japan Earthquake, Thinking about the Future of Energy (5th March, 2012) : Global Energy Policy Research
    coming soon from her experience using solar power generation at home Solar power is popular and we have high expectations however it makes us wonder whether its moody generation is something that we can laugh about and accept 2 Prof Takeo Kikkawa Hitotsubashi University Graduate School contributed What to do with TEPCO English translation coming soon Upon appraising the ability of the people who works at the site he shows the point of issue of how TEPCO should be and an ideal energy system Video Is Fukushima Dangerous Distorted images of Japan Morley Robertson Nobuo Ikeda What s happen What was the cause in Fukushima Morley Robertson writer and DJ talk about distorted images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda 21st Century Energy Challenges At the ARPA E 2012 summit Bill Gates and U S Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U S and around the world A Web TV Program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation Japanese only Agora Institute who operates GEPR broadcasted a Web TV program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation on internet video streaming channel Niconico Live on January 19th in Japanese only Nobuo Ikeda President of Agora Incorporated and three experts on radiation risk analysis and energy policy discussed about the situations after Fukushima nuclear accident Their opinions were consistent that potentiality of health damage caused by the Fukushima accident is very small GEPR will provide a summary about this program soon Podcast Agora Inc who operates GEPR releases a podcast program which was originally aired on Jan 19th 2012on internet video streaming channel Nico nico Live Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation Japanese only The

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