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Wednesday, December 03, 2014, 12:00 - 13:30

The Fukushima nuclear accident and the unwarranted fear of low-dose radiation
Wade Allison
Emeritus Professor, The University of Oxford
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 The March 2011 triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant sparked a complex, and at times acrimonious, debate over the effects on human health of prolonged exposure to low-level radiation, particularly among the tens of thousands of evacuees whose contaminated homes remain off-limits almost four years on.

 While UN health authorities and others have attempted to reassure Fukushima residents that the accident poses no discernible increased risk to health, such as a rise in incidences of cancer, fears persist that the full effects of prolonged exposure to low-dose radiation have yet to emerge.

 Dr Wade Allison, emeritus professor of physics at Oxford University, believes that the stress brought on by the unwarranted fear of Fukushima radiation is more damaging that the effects of the radiation itself.

 Allison, the author of Radiation and Reason and one of the most respected experts in his field, argues that the Fukushima accident "prompted well-intended measures that have had disastrous consequences.

 These were not caused by the radiation itself but by the social stress, the forced evacuation, and the ongoing displacement of tens of thousands of people."

 Allison is a member of a group of scientists who believe that Fukushima residents could have returned to their homes and resumed normal activities without exposing themselves to an increased cancer risk.

 Allison will come to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Wednesday 3 December to share his expertise, and offer suggestions on how to overcome the myriad social and economic consequences the Fukushima accident has had for both local residents and Japan as a whole.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,750/2,700 yen; non-members including guest-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu:grilled swordfish with vegetables.) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

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