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Thursday, November 20, 2014, 14:00 - 15:00

2013 UNSCEAR Report on Fukushima: A Critical Appraisal
Keith Baverstock
Former Regional Advisor for Radiation and Public Health at WHO's Regional Office for Europe
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English with Japanese interpretation

 The debate surrounding the impact of radiation on the human body is controversial to say the least, with discussions being as spirited as those surrounding the pros and cons of nuclear power.

 So the report issued by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, or UNSCEAR, saying that there would be "no discernible changes in future cancer rates and hereditary diseases" because of the Fukushima triple reactor meltdown came as a relief to some and a vindication to others.

 But radiation expert Dr. Keith Baverstock has many objections to the UNSCEAR report, ranging from its conclusions and the make up of the committee to the data used. "It is not a scientifically unbiased or even a truly scientific, report," he wrote. The report "has done little more than produce propaganda for an industry that has contrived to have an accident that has and continues to have without end in sight, an adverse effect on the environment and the public health in Japan and beyond. "

 Dr. Baverstock has over four decades of experience in radiological protection and nuclear emergency planning, including leading the Radiation Protection Program at WHO's Regional Office for Europe from 1991 to 2003, and is currently a docent in the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences of the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus, Finland. He will be in Japan to speak at the Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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