A record of the author’s experience, directly after the meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, of engaging in crisis communication and risk communication as a Fukushima Prefecture radiation health risk management advisor, giving explanations to and answering questions on “radiation exposure and its effects on health” from residents in various municipalities throughout Fukushima prefecture.
Directly after the meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, the author engaged in crisis communication and risk communication as a Fukushima Prefecture radiation health risk management advisor, giving explanations to and answering questions on “radiation exposure and its effects on health” from residents in various municipalities throughout Fukushima prefecture. The book is primarily based on his experiences with crisis communication in the first few days after the disaster. It chronicles in detail his series of lectures that started with a talk at Fukushima Medical University in Fukushima city on March 18, his impressions after giving careful responses to residents worried about the effects of radiation, and more. In order to provide residents with the information they truly wanted to know, he gave the following information in order at his lectures: 1) radioactivity and radiation (the difference between becquerels and sieverts), 2) half life, 3) radiosensitivity, 4) internal and external exposure, and 5) the meaning of 1 millisievert and 100 millisieverts. Having handled crisis communication in an environment of confusion that no one has ever experienced, the author feels a duty to help develop human resources both within and outside Japan. The most important thing, he writes, is facing residents straight-on. Accepting every single question, and never looking for an easy way out. In order to have such preparedness, it is necessary to have the knowledge simple for answering residents’ questions, and knowing how to face them. He explains the necessity of developing human resources who have these capabilities.
○Table of contents
◆Experiences in communication response: From crisis communication in the initial phase after an accident to risk communication
◆From Risk Communication to the Establishment of a Reconstruction Promotion Base in the Village of Kawauchi
Noboru Takamura, M.D., Ph.D.
Date of Birth: July 11, 1968
Specialty: Radiation Health Sciences, Hygiene, Molecular Epidemiology,Endocrinology, Internal Medicine
3/1993 Graduate at Nagasaki University School of Medicine
5/1997-10/2001 Assistant Professor, Department of International Health and Radiation Research, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University School of Medicine
9/1999-7/2000 Technical Officer, World Health Organization
11/2002- Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion, Nagasaki University School of Medicine
03/2003- Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
04/2008- Professor, Department of Radiation Epidemiology, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University
01/2010-09/2010 Technical Officer, World Health Organization
Society membership: The Japan Radiation Research Society, Japanese Society of Hygiene, The Japan Endocrine Society,
Honorary professorships: Honorary Professor, Gomel State Medical University (Gomel, Belarus) and Honorary Doctor, Belarussian State Medical University (Minsk, Belarus)
Social activities: Advisor on radiation health risk control of Fukushima Prefecture
Experiences in communication response: From crisis communication in the initial phase after an accident to risk comsmunication