International Symposium

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August 27, 2012
“Fukushima Nuclear Disaster – Public Health Lessons and Challenges”

What are the health consequences of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident on children, power plant workers and the whole country.  What measures are being taken in Fukushima in terms of health effect measures. What lessons must be learned from the processes after the accident. What measures should be taken now to prevent further health effects. In this context, what is the role of those within the medical field.

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), who received The Noble Peace Awarded in 1985, will hold their 20th IPPNW World Congress in Hiroshima will take place between August 24th – 26th.  In conjunction with the 20th IPPNW World Congress, the symposium will include doctors and those in the medical field.  Key speakers from Japan will also present overviews of the public health situation and ongoing challenges of coping with the Fukushima disaster. The panelists from IPPNW will discuss the lessons to be learned and the issues we must face in the future with an international perspective.

Date/Time: 27 August, 2012, (Door Opens 18:00) 18:15 – 20:30

Hibiya Tosho Bunkakan Hall, Hibiya Park, Tokyo


Language: English/Japanese translations

Programme (panelists to be announced):

1. Current issues and reports
Ms. SAKIYAMA, Hisako
Medical Doctor, PhD; Former Chief of the National
Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS); Member of the Fukushima
Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (a commission of
the Japanese National Diet)

Minamata Kyoritsu Hospital, Kyoritsu Neuorology and Rehabilitaion Clinic
(Minamata City, Kumamoto Prefecture)

“Promulgation of the ‘Nuclear Accident Victims’ Support Law’*—Ongoing
and Future Challenges.”
*The Law to Develop Policy to Provide Protection and Support to
Victims, Particularly Children, of the Tokyo Electric Power Nuclear

Dr. Takaoka has researched health effect of methylmercury in Minamata.
He has compared the medical, psychological, and social situation between
Minamata disease and the Fukushima nuclear accident and has written a
paper on this theme. “How should we assess the effects of environmental
pollution on people’s health?: The 2011 nuclear disaster has extensive
parallels on Minamata disease affair.” http://kyouritsu-cl.com/pdf/clinic_dayori.pdf

“ Citizens’ responses to the radioactive environment in and around
Fukushima: remediation, protection and refuge”

MA, PhD, Professor, School of Environmental and Social
Research, Kyoto Seika University; Co-chair, Greenpeace Japan; Co-chair,
Pacific-Asia Resource Center (PARC); Board Director, The Takagi Fund
for Citizen Science. Member of an independent project of radiation
monitoring and remediation trials.

 Ms. TANIOKA Ikuko
Member of the House of Councillors. The Shigakkan University, Chair of the Board / President. After the severe accident at the Fukushima Nuclear power plant, she took a post in the DPJ’s project team dealing with the accident. She has coped with a lot of problems, for example supporting the victims, clearing up the cause of that accident, and the denuclearization. June this year, she and her colleagues made a new law that aim to support the victims (especially children). After that, in July, she left the DPJ, and established a new party with three female law makers, that is called the “Green Wind Party”.

2. Civil activity reports
IWATA Wataru, Citizens’ Radiation Measuring Station
MITSUTA Kanna, FoE-Japan

3. Panel discussion (Including doctors from IPPNW)

Dr. Angelika CLAUSSEN, former IPPNW president Germany
Dr. Claussen has worked extensively in the field of the health
impact of radiation.

Dr. Peter KARAMOSKOS, IPPNW Australia
Nuclear radiologist; public representative, Australia’s national
radiation regulator; written and spoken widely on Fukushima
and other radiation health issues; MAPW Australia; ICAN treasurer

Dr. Jeffrey PATTERSON, US, president-elect of Physicians for Social Responsiblity (PSR). Professor of Family Medicine at University of Wisconsin

Ms. SAKIYAMA, Hisako
Dr. TAKAOKA, Shigeru

Dr. Tilman Ruff; Regional Vice President — SOUTHEAST ASIA / PACIFIC Victoria, Australia
Aileen Mioko Smith; Green Action

Participation Fee:
\1,000 at the door for those who reside in Japan.

Please complete your registration by August 25th. Please send an email to the following account : fukushima.symposium@gmail.com.

Fukushima Inspection Tour (Hosted by PANW):
For Information regarding the Fukushima tour, please view the Fukushima Inspection Tour home page  here.
*The deadline for this tour has been extended to July 31st

The symposium is co-sponsored by:
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War-Germany
Medical Association for Prevention of War (IPPNW-Australia)
Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IPPNW-India)
Physicians for Social Responsibility (IPPNW-Switzerland)
Medact (IPPNW-UK)
Physicians for Social Responsibility (IPPNW-USA)

Along with Japanese co-hosts:
Green Action
Greenpeace Japan
Peace Boat

For the success of the symposium, we kindly ask for your donation (individuals/organizations share in the donation starting from \10,000).  The name of the individual or an organization will be noted on our home page.

Bank account information:
Account Number:00180-3-177458
Account Name: Peace Boat (ピースボート)
*Please note “Fukushima Symposium” on the correspondence column


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