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Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 15:00 - 16:00

A-bomb Survivor Studies and A Look at Fukushima from Scientific & Human Perspectives

Language : The speech will be in English and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

March 11th is the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. Although six years have passed, the impact of that disaster on human health remains hotly disputed. Last year, for example, former Prime Minister Juniichiro Koizumi came to the Club to speak in support of veterans from the USS Ronald Reagan who say they have cancer due to radiation from the stricken reactors.

One of the best sources of information on the long-term health effects of radioactive fallout also comes from Japan: long-term studies on survivors of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Studying the rates at which they suffered cancer and other illnesses is a partial guide to what to expect in Fukushima.

We are therefore delighted to welcome to the Club Ohtsura Niwa, chairman of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, to speak on his studies of the A-bomb survivors and what they can tell us – from the scientific and the human perspective – about Fukushima. He will talk about what Fukushima residents can learn from the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including how to overcome the stigma the hibakusha suffered because of their exposure to radiation.

With a master’s degree from Kyoto University and a PhD from Stanford, Niwa has spent a distinguished career in research on nuclear medicine, so he is well-placed to separate fact from fiction about the impact of radiation exposure on human health.

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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