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Aug 22, 2012 - August 27 Event: 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), 1985 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, will hold their 20th IPPNW World Congress in Hiroshima will take place between August 24 – 26. In conjunction with the 20th IPPNW World Congress, this 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.

Symposium Details

- Date/Time: 27 August, 2012 (Door Opens 18:00) 18:15 – 20:30
- Place: Hibiya Tosho Bunkakan Hall, Hibiya Park, Tokyo
- Language: English/Japanese translations
- Participation Fee: 1,000 at the door for those who reside in Japan.
- Registration: Please complete your registration by August 20th. Please send an email to the following account :



1. Current Issues and Reports


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 Rehabilitation Clinic (Minamata City, Kumamoto Prefecture)
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."

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.

Member of the House of Councillors; Chair of the Board/President of Shigakkan University.
After the severe accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, Ms Tanioka took a post in the DPJ?fs project team dealing with the accident. She has dealt with many problems including support for victims, investigating the cause of the accident, and denuclearization. In June this year, Ms Tanioka and colleagues made a new law for support of disaster victims (especially children). After that, in July, Ms Tanioka left the DPJ and established a new party the "Green Wind Party" with three fellow female law makers.?h


2. Civil Activity Reports

IWATA Wataru, Citizens' Radiation Measuring Station
MITSUTA Kanna, FoE-Japan


3. Panel Discussion


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

- Dr SAKIYAMA Hisako
- Dr TAKAOKA Shigeru
- Ms TANIOKA Ikuko

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


Fukushima Inspection Tour (Hosted by PANW):
For Information regarding the Fukushima tour, please view the Fukushima Inspection Tour home page

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:
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 yen). 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
-Please note "Fukushima Symposium" on the correspondence column


Contact: Peace Boat
B1, 3-13-1 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 169-0075, Japan
TEL: 03-3362-6307
FAX: 03-3362-6309

*For detailed information please visit the symposium home page here:
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